Classical Paintings April Love

Classical Paintings April Love

Classical Oil Paintings April Love was painted by Arthur Hughes in 1855. This is Hughes’s best-known work, and one of the most popular of all Pre-Raphaelite paintings. The painting was not conceived as an illustration to the poem, but rather the verse reinforced Hughes’s depiction of fragile young love. Hughes changed the setting from a millstream with chestnut trees and forget-me-nots to an ivy-clad arbour or summerhouse with lilac outside the window and rose petals on the stone floor. As with many of the artist’s works, ivy is also used to decorate the frame. Classical Oil Paintings Sale

The Pre-Raphaelites often included symbolic elements in their work. Ivy signifies everlasting life, roses love. That the petals are strewn on the floor may suggest the love affair has ended. April Love was the first of a number of compositions in which Hughes depicted lovers in a landscape. It shows the influence of A Huguenot, 1852 (private collection) and Ferdinand Lured by Ariel, 1849 (private collection) by Millais, whom Hughes greatly admired. The rich blues, greens and purples employed by Hughes quickly became his trade mark. Buy famous classical paintings online

On 26 November 1855 Hughes married ‘his early and only love’ Tryphena Foord. Tryphena’s father managed a decorating business owned by Robert Cutbush, whose brother Thomas Robert Cutbush probably owned the garden at Maidstone in which, according to Robert Ross, April Love was painted. Much of the painting, however, appears to have been done at 6 Upper Belgrave Place, London, where Hughes shared a studio with the sculptor Alexander Munro, said to have been the model for the man in the picture. According to Hughes’s pupil Albert Goodwin, writing in 1916, the face of the girl was originally modelled from a country girl, but she disliked the way Hughes was painting her and left. The final model was probably Tryphena.

The painting was known by several titles prior to its exhibition as April Love. Ford Madox Brown wrote in his diary on 9 September 1855: ‘Last night I had the mulligrubs & went for the first time to Munnros & saw Hughes picture of the Lovers quarrel – it is very beautiful indeed. This painting can be reproduced by Original Dimensions: Height: 88.9 cm, Width: 49.5 cm. Other sizes and custom sizes are available,  Please Contact with us by email:

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