Saturday, September 3, 2011

Millais, John Everett

Apple Blossoms
Oil on canvas
43 1/2 x 67 7/8 inches (110.5 x 172.7 cm)
Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool, UK

Sir John Everett Millais (1829 – 1896) was an English painter.
This painting illustrates the transience of human life and the inevitable passing of youth and beauty.
The scythe at the right is a 'memento mori', reminding us of the coming summer and harvest and the harvest reaped by time and death.
Millais' works never failed to elicit praise.
His remarkable technique lent his canvases a unique distinction.