Saturday, August 29, 2009

Frederic Lord Leighton - Winding the Skein

c. 1878
oil on canvas
19.5 x 63.5"
Art Gallery of New South Wales
A very popular picture and the print in 1884 by the Fine Art Society was widely sold. The same models from The Music Lesson have been used. If you look at the composition it is cleverly done, if perhaps formulaic. Its highly finished surface was criticised for giving the girls a rather 'waxy' look. The last of Leighton's paintings featuring model Connie Gilchrist.

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