Lawrence Alma Tadeda 'The Marbellous Painter' 1836 -1912
Lawrence Alma-Tadeda, born in the Netherlands,in 1836, adopted England as his home in 1870 and given special British 'denizenship' (similar to citizenship), by Queen Victoria.
A classical subect painter, he became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean Sea and sky.
At the age of 34, and recently widowed, he feel deeply in love with an eighteen year old girl and married her within the year.
His befriending of most of the Pre-Raphaelite painters of the time, led him to him to brighten his colour palate and lighten his brushwork.
Alma-Tadeda's works are remarkable for the way in which flowers, textures and hard reflecting substances, like metals, pottery, and particularly marble led him to be called the 'marbellous painter'. The human interest with which he imbues his scenes from ancient life bring them within the scope of modern feeling, and charms us with gentle playfulness.
He became one of the most famous artists of his time and found fame and fortune in his adopted country.
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