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The Art Work of Henry Meynell Rheam

I have always been drawn to the artwork of, Henry Meynell Rheam. My Grandmother had a few prints of his artwork hanging in her living room. His artwork has a magical quality about it. It took you back to a different time, yet not a time that was known to exist. He worked primarily in sketch and watercolour, and every painting he did told a story. The painting in the photo to the left is of, Titania welcoming her fairy brethren .

I also love this sketch and watercolour he did in 1903. It is known as, The Fairy Wood . Fantasy paintings were popular in Victorian times and ideas for paintings were sometimes drawn from folktales, myths, or from the artists imagination. Maybe that is why I am drawn to his artwork, it has a certain mystery about it.

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The Fairy Wood - Wikimedia Commons - CC BY-SA 3.0

Rheam's, paintings were done in what is known as late Pre-Raphaelite style. Romance, and romanticism were popular themes and many of his works were focused on this type of painting.

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The Banshee - Wikimedia Commons - CC BY-SA 3.0

Rheam, was born in 1859, studied art in Germany and later in London and Paris. He painted off and on throughout his life until he passed in 1920. I like all of his paintings. In today's world of digitized computer art, I look back at the tools that these early artists used and am awed by their talent.

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Sleeping Beauty - Wikimedia Commons - CC BY-SA 3.0

What kind of artwork are you drawn to?

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paigea wrote on September 6, 2014, 3:45 PM

These are lovely and I've never heard of him before. I have no idea what kind of art I'm drawn to.

LeaPea2417 wrote on September 6, 2014, 3:54 PM

I like his work above. I also like Monet a lot.

MegL wrote on September 6, 2014, 5:37 PM

Lovely paintings. I like fairy tales and fantasy.

BarbRad wrote on September 7, 2014, 1:39 AM

He certainly likes to paint the fairies! I rather like the Impressionists.

markgordonbrown wrote on September 8, 2014, 7:50 PM

I love symbolist art. Too bad the modern art movement crushed symbolism.

oldies909 wrote on September 14, 2014, 11:55 AM

Never heard of this artist. His art work is very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

bestwriter wrote on September 19, 2014, 1:55 AM

I like this to abstract painting where one needs to read the mind of the Artist. Wish this artist was more known to the world