Decadent Handbook is one month old now. Huzzah! A brace of prostitutes and absinthe all round! To celebrate, I thought I’d do another art post.
John Duncan (1866-1945) was a Scottish painter whose subject matter was closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement, but is generally referred to as a Symbolist. He experimented a lot with different techniques and styles, and his work has a mystical, otherworldly quality. He claimed to hear ‘fairy music’ when he painted, and he married a girl who claimed to have found the Holy Grail in a well at Glastonbury. The marriage didn’t last. I can’t imagine why. The images have come out quite small, but you should be able to click to enlarge.
I think this is probably my favourite. I love the bright, jewel-like colours, not to mention the fact that there is a floating woman with her head on fire in the foreground. Despite the fact that this is an allegory of love, Duncan still manages to make it strangely creepy.
Duncan took a lot of inspiration from Celtic myth and legend. There’s something about his paintings that remind me of Botticelli.
Duncan often used blocks of pastel colours, giving his paintings a dream-like quality.
This painting of the Irish saint being held aloft by a couple of angels is reminiscent of medieval art in its two-dimensionality, and the stained-glass like quality of the angels’ robes.