Pygmalion and the Image Series The Soul Attains (1878) by Edward Burne-Jones

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TitlePygmalion and the Image Series The Soul Attains
ArtistEdward Burne-Jones
Date1875 - 1878
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions99 x 76.2 cm (39 x 30 in)
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationBirmingham Museums and Art Gallery
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About Pygmalion and the Image Series The Soul Attains

The Soul Attains is a painting by Edward Burne-Jones, which dates back to 1878. It is part of the Pygmalion and the Image series, consisting of four narrative images depicting the classic tale of ideal love and human aspiration. The Soul Attains serves as the final piece in this sequence.

Pygmalion, a sculptor, falls deeply in love with an ivory statue that he created. His affection for the statue becomes so intense that it magically transforms it into a real woman. In The Soul Attains, we see Pygmalion alongside his beloved statue/real woman, who he admires with fervor while pointing to her soul within her chest.

The painting measures 99 x 76.3 cms and was painted using oil on canvas technique. You can find this artwork currently housed at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in Great Britain. All artworks created by Burne-Jones are in public domain today.

Edward Burne-Jones’ paintings have been recognized for their narrative enchantment contrasted against meticulously intricate designs as seen in The Soul Attains‘ beauty within simplicity; its artistry displayed through skin tones’ delicate coloration capturing every luminance found within classical emotions laced minusculely across each stroke’s detail-dependence.

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