The Art of Edmund Blair Leighton Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Art of Edmund Blair Leighton
An exploratory analysis of the art of Pre-Raphaelite Victorian painter Edmund Blair Leighton.
# 146784 | 968 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 17, 2011 in Art (Artists) , Art (History) , Art (Painting) , Art (Fine Art)

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The paper provides an overview and analysis of the life and art of Edmund Blair Leighton, a Pre-Raphaelite Victorian painter who painted highly finished and decorative depictions of Victorian life as well as history works. The paper explains that the subjects of Leighton's works were highly romanticized and idealized, and this has led to modern criticism of his work as being merely decorative and somewhat irrelevant in relation to more "serious" art. The paper asserts that Leighton provides well-crafted and harmonious compositions that are more than just attractive wall hangings, and his art is still relevant today because its style and subject matter show evidence of a longing for a world that is more refined, ordered and heroic than the often harsh and unromantic world of today. The paper concludes that Leighton's work may be seen as romantic idealism, but his art depicts his subject matter with such clear lines and tones that it succeeds in creating a sense of longing for a better world. This paper contains a photo of one of his paintings.

From the Paper:

"In this light, it is therefore not surprising that in a world that has become often mechanistic and mundane, that paintings which espouse romantic and higher ideals are still admired. In other words, we still find value and have an attraction for paintings which appeal to our sense of order, proportion and harmony. What also should be taken into account is the nostalgia for the heroic and romantic past, which could also go a long way to explaining the contemporary popularity of his works."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • ART "4" "2"-DAY April 8, 2009. <>
  • Edmund Blair Leighton. English Pre-Raphaelite (2nd wave) painter born 1853 - died 1922. April 8, 2009. <>
  • Parker C. Edmund Blair Leighton. April 8, 2009.
  • Leighton, Edmund Blair. April 8, 2009.

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