The Day Dream (1880) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Day Dream - Dante Gabriel Rossetti - 1880

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TitleThe Day Dream
ArtistDante Gabriel Rossetti
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions92.7 x 157.5 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationVictoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, UK

About The Day Dream

“The Day Dream” is an oil on canvas artwork completed in 1880 by the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. It is a product of the Romanticism movement measuring 92.7 x 157.5 cm and is considered a genre painting. The artwork is housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, United Kingdom.

The artwork depicts a captivating young woman in a state of reverie, set against a backdrop of rich, verdant foliage. She is dressed in a flowing emerald gown that drapes elegantly around her figure, embodying the Romanticism movement’s penchant for emotional depth and natural beauty. Her gaze is directed upwards, appearing lost in thought or imagination, which correlates with the painting’s title, “The Day Dream.” In her hands, she delicately holds a small stem, while her other hand is partially concealed by an open book resting on her lap, suggesting a moment interrupted or a contemplative break from reading. The presence of the book may also imply an intellectual or literary dimension to her daydream. The artwork’s lush greenery and the woman’s tranquil expression together evoke a sense of peaceful introspection and the fleeting nature of beauty and youth.

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