The Bower Meadow (1872) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Bower Meadow - Dante Gabriel Rossetti - c.1871 - 1872

Artwork Information

TitleThe Bower Meadow
ArtistDante Gabriel Rossetti
Datec.1871 - 1872
Dimensions78.74 x 66.36 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationFitzwilliam Museum (University of Cambridge), Cambridge, UK
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About The Bower Meadow

Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s oil on canvas painting, The Bower Meadow, was created in 1872, during his time spent at Kelmscott. It is housed at the Manchester Art Gallery in England and features dancing women seated against a complementary harmony of greens and reds. The surrealistic quality of the painting gives it a dreamlike appearance.

The inspiration for this piece came from nature, which is evident in the bright colors used to depict the surrounding flora. Rossetti was able to create a harmonious balance between nature and human figures while complementing each other through using complementary colors.

Rossetti is known for his romantic style, often exploring themes of beauty and sensuality. His more notable works include Beata Beatrix and Lady Lilith.

The Bower Meadow is an excellent example of Pre-Raphaelite art that portrays natural beauty combined with human subjects showcasing idealism rather than realism. This stunning painting captures the essence of romanticism in art while incorporating dream-like qualities into its composition.

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