oil on millboard
the dreamer here is the artist himself who has fallen asleep at his easel. The beautiful fairy looking at him asleep is probably La Sylphide.
[The Nightmare] c. 1857-8
Watercolour on paper
here a girl writhes in anguish. This s probably the most overt drug induced painting in the dequence.
[The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of #1] c. 1858
oil on board
[The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of #2] 1858
oil on canvas
1823 - 1906.
Fitzgerald seems to have little formal training but from 1845 he was exhibiting at the RA and seems to have made his living as a portrait painter and illustrator (by the late 1850's he was a regular contributor to the Illustrated London News).
These are so beautiful!
Drug induced?- Hmmm, interesting...
He toned down the drug bit for his later versions but there is little doubt that probably opium had a lot to do with their origin. It was openly on sale at the time and people like de Quincey experimented. Amazing paintings though.
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