[Swiss Symbolist Painter, 1827-1901]
Roger and Angelica
Tempera on panel, 44 x 36 cm
The Muse (1895). Gabriel de Cool (French, b.1854). Oil on canvas.
De Cool was the son of painter Delphine Arnould de Cool and studied under Cabanel. He became an exhibiting member of the Salon des Artistes Francaises in 1897. He was awarded the Medaille de Troisieme Classe in 1908. He showed an adherence to the “symbolist” movement of the early 20th century. Listed in Benezit and Gerlad Schurr’s “Les Petits Maitres de la Peinture 1820-1920”
Adventures in Mormon Art History: Neima Jahromi on similarities between Mitt Romney, Arnold Friberg’s painting of the Book of Mormon’s narrator, Nephi, and Raphael’s Plato and Aristotle: http://nyr.kr/Puc4Fm
Arnold Friberg painting courtesy More Good Foundation.
The Wounded Angel by Hugo Simberg, 1903
This is one of my favourite Symbolist paintings. After a vote in 2006, it is considered to be Finland’s national painting. I love the contrast between the clothing of the figures, and the way the right hand boy’s stare bores into the viewer’s soul. The pose and appearance of the angel’s wounds is believed by some to be metaphorically connected to the symptoms of meningitis, of which Simberg was a sufferer.