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Promise of Spring

by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

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Promise of Spring - Description

Victorian Classicist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s 1891 painting Promise of Spring was completed in the year 1890. This work, done in oil, draws a great deal of tension around the battle between nature and the work of man. Above the lavishly adorned pair, a tree grows up from behind a wall of marble. The tree, flourishing and in bloom, fills the middle ground with its beauty, its limbs spilling out in all directions. It is a product of the natural world, growing independent from the human activity around it. The pair, however sits on a giant slab of carved marble that dominates the entire lower extremity of this piece. Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema seems to be commenting through a sharp contrast between the vertical and horizontal lines of the lower extremity versus the gnarled branches and endless ocean rolling forth behind it. The woman’s head rests directly in the visual center. She is cradled by a fawning male and rests against a carved statue. Her demeanor is exhibits pleasure but not in a sense that it creates drama but rather leaves the observer guessing as to what she could be ruminating. One possibility suggests that the tile of this piece governs her thought as demonstrated by the spring flowers surrounding her head. The metaphor of winter could perhaps suggested by the coldness of marble upon which she sits.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Promise of Spring

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Subject: Portraits
Style: Classicism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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