Frederick Leighton born in 1830 was a British painter. His paintings covered variety of subject ranging from depiction of historical events to biblical mythology. He painted many frames that could be stamped as classical paintings, too. Leighton had a big group of followers. Queen Victoria was among those who praised and purchased his paintings. The painting titled as Icarus and Daedalus had been one of the most famous artworks done by him. It is based on the mythological story of Daedalus.
Frederick had master the art of figurative painting. The figurative painting as a genre and the figurative painters as a class of artists have never been sailing easily. They faced a lot at the hands of religious heads, the rulers, general public, and some sections of art-lovers, too. But the genre has not only survived; it has flourished. And the artist like Frederick Leighton had made it so thriving along with others; as his paintings revealed the true spirit of Victorian period. He took pride in painting the events of ancient Greece and Rome.
Frederick would also choose subject that could bear the sensual appeal to the eyes of viewers. Such variety of subject has mad his style of painting so simple. One of his paintings titled as Actaea depicted the cloth-less woman, a nymph. In this painting the woman is reclining on seashore. In Greek mythology, the nymphs are the female spirits. These nymphs have remained subject of many painters who desired to paint sensual skin. In such paintings the artists also want showing the power of female figure putting it before the eyes of viewer.
Figurative painting reflects deep understanding of the artist doing it, as it is depiction of the anatomy of human body. In addition to that an artist tries to show the emotions through such paintings, as it could reveal the psyche of the person painted or portrayed, too. The master artists do so in the gentlest manner possible, as figurative painting would also require recreations of the gestures of the model. By doing so, a painter like Frederick Leighton would forge his reputation as an artist.
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