I live just 30 minutes' train ride away from the gallery where the original painting hangs. Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale was also a botanical illustrator, and in the painting you've taken the image from, namely The Little Foot Page, it shows. You can take a botanical field guide to the gallery, and tick off the species she painted. You would probably love seeing the original!
Oh, and in the original, the woman is taking what appears to be a fairly brutal looking pair of shears to her tresses. Shades of Rosalind in As You Like It.
I suspect the original artist would appreciate your choice of plant life in the background of your collage for the heroine of her painting. It's a match I too appreciate.
If ever you find yourself in Liverpool, head to the Walker Art Gallery. You're in for a treat, and lots of inspiration!
Thanks again for all your consideration! I am only perpherly aware of the work of Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale. I did not know she was also a botanical illustrator though. As soon as I saw The Little Foot Page, I felt the story behind it was that the subject was fleeing, dressed as a boy (a page clearly) and chopping off her lovely hair in order to hide her womanliness. I was always, and still am curious as to the possible backstory. I’ve used her image twice, the other being one that was made into a daily deviation to my delight. Her situation is reflected in my title “Wild Eyes” I hope you enjoy it!
I live a short distance by train from the Lady Lever Art Gallery, and this establishment held a celebration of Fortescue-Brickdale's work last year. I bought the book, which illustrates all of the artworks featured in that exhibition. If you want a copy, it's well worth the £12 you'll pay for it! You can find out more about the book here.
If ever you're fortunate enough to visit the Lady Lever Art Gallery, you'll almost certainly love it. Inspirational art galore, including major Burne-Jones, Waterhouse and Rossetti canvases, and the café serves a wicked chocolate gateau!
Oh, if you're looking for a truly special face to include in future collages, allow me to introduce you to Luna by Charles Edward Hallé. Whe I was at the Lady Lever a few years ago, I picked up a book - this one being the book in question- whilst browsing the bookshop for a Christmas present to myself, and upon opening it, Luna was the first image I saw. It probably says far more about my sentimental nature than I should reveal in public, that upon seeing the face in question, my first thought was "I want to marry a woman like this!"
Needless to say, I thought she would make an ideal starting point for future collages. If you want it, I have a 300 dpi scan from the book, available free and gratis.
I just can't stop looking at all of your work! The backgrounds and accents you choose in your work is fantastic----Its such a beautiful style!I love the art nouveau feel of it which is pretty much my favorite art style of all time! I will stop gushing and let you get on with your day
Such a beautiful piece. It looks as if she would be preparing herself for something which is about to happen. She is dressed in black and her dress reminds me of an armour. Is she going to battle? What is she willing to fight for? This collage arouses many questions.
What you wrote is very true. Sometimes, as a viewer I enjoy asking questions of the works I see/witness. They are questions which arouse in my mind but which I can not always answer even myself. They don't necessary even need answers and I notice my interpretation of an artwork varies very much depending of my state of mind on that specific moment. This work I enjoyed because of the unsolved questions. I'm glad you shared it here!