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King Lear, (painting)

Artist:
West
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
The first picture thirteen feet long by ten high, the figures as large as the life is painted by our eminant countryman WEST. It represents KING LEAR in the storm and at the entrance of the hovel. This work is in the most heroic and poetic style of composition, the grandeur which is displayed in the figure of the grey headed old man, his distress, approaching to madness, contrasted with the calmness and kind attentions of his friends Glocester and Kent; the silly indifference of the fool, and the sullen melancholy mad l'om, are admirably conceived; the drawing and drapery of this picture has never been surpassed by any artist; the colouring is fine, the clair obscure well observed, the burst of lightning and the glare of torch light, through the effect of the storm of rain and gloom of night produce an effect, a "tout ensemble" which cannot be described and must be seen to be sensibly felt and understood. [P. 3; see entry 04160002 for companion piece and related commentary.]
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Topic:
Literature--Shakespeare--King Lear
State of Being--Emotion--Anger
Landscape--Weather--Storm
Figure male--Elderly
Landscape--Time--Night
Object--Other--Torch
Control number:
AECI 04160001
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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