Flaming June: The Making Of An Icon

Flaming June Frederic Leighton, 1895 ©Museo de Arte de Ponce. The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc. Image Source: www.rbkc.gov.uk

Flaming June Frederic Leighton, 1895 ©Museo de Arte de Ponce. The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc. Image Source: www.rbkc.gov.uk

Colourful and captivating are two words to describe Sir Fredric Leighton's painting 'Flaming June'. As an iconic piece of art, it reflects the heart of Victorian Culture.

However, for many years Sir Leighton's masterpiece has lived at Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, prohibiting many from seeing this British Icon. For the next 5 months, though, it's at Tate Britain, standing pride of place at the 'Flaming June: The Making Of An Icon' exhibition.

A collection of Leighton's most famous and celebrated work, the exhibition is displayed at Leighton House Museum in Kensington. Depicting an array of sensual, powerful female figures, Leighton uses the power of paint to create classic, thoughtful works of art. Delving deep into the lives of his models, you are transferred into their worlds, investing in both the women and Leighton himself.

As for the 'Flaming June' itself, it radiates colour and emotion. The eye-catching orange fabric is delicately painted onto the soft skin of the sleeping model. Leighton's attention to detail helps bring the female figure alive, creating a character that simply lifts of the paper.

As an influential figurehead for artists, Leighton's work offers a certain understated charm and beauty, making for an exciting exhibition that celebrates a cherished artist.

The exhibition is on until 2nd April 2017 at Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, London W12 8LZ.  It's open every day from 10am - 5.30pm except Tuesdays.  Leighton House itself is a work of art too!  Find out more on their website here.  

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