The Day Dream by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a renowned artist of the Romanticism era, is a popular genre painting created in 1880. The oil on canvas depicts Jane Morris, the artist’s lover and muse, sitting on a sycamore tree while holding a stem of honeysuckle, which symbolizes love during Victorian times. The painting showcases Rossetti’s sensuality and medieval revivalism in art through his attention to detail and use of vibrant colors.
The honeysuckle stem held by Morris may also represent the relationship between Rossetti and his model. This artwork was intended to be named “Monna Primavera” initially but later changed to “The Day Dream.” The painting’s size measures 92.7 x 157.5 cm and can be visited at Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, UK.
It’s worth noting that Rossetti was not only an artist but also a poet who named “The Day Dream” after his poem of the same title. This iconic piece provides insight into the life of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood founding member who drew inspiration from his muse to create meaningful works that would stand out for years to come.”