Saturday, May 21, 2005

Sitting



Il Dolce Far Niente, 1866 by William Holman Hunt, Private Collection.

The title can be translated into something akin to the joy of doing nothing. The model who sat for this work eventually became his wife, her name was Fanny Waugh. The original model for this work was a woman named Annie Miller whom Hunt also wanted to marry, but their romance crumbled when she would not stop modeling for other artists.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is something we in the "developed" part of the world have lost -that understanding of how to far niente

I was amazed when I went off to live in some of the poorer countries of the world that they were rich in both time and wisdom. People took time to reflect on the meaning of their lives, and so although their lives were too often shortened by disease, they still were lived with a wealth of understanding that has been lost in our go-go society. It's a pity. Now if we even look at art, it's usually in a rush to consume it rather than be with it.

Anonymous said...

This is something we in the "developed" part of the world have lost -that understanding of how to far niente

I was amazed when I went off to live in some of the poorer countries of the world that they were rich in both time and wisdom. People took time to reflect on the meaning of their lives, and so although their lives were too often shortened by disease, they still were lived with a wealth of understanding that has been lost in our go-go society. It's a pity. Now if we even look at art, it's usually in a rush to consume it rather than be with it.

Harmony Steel said...

Lovely piece and an interesting description. He sounds a little obsessive?

irina said...

No, I think he sounds a little neophyte to the blogsphere...
The painting says a lot to me, so, as you Martha, left the REST to me...
The first thing that caught my eye is the girl's expression. Could be a kind of the Brazilian "saudade", or why not the Romanian "dor"... languor.
Than the folds of her dress... So abundant and luxurious. Really makes you think about the pleasure of doing nothing, about enjoying luxury, and there is this mystery that seems to be hiding in them.

I live in one of these countries this anonymous guy or girl (?)calls poorer countries of the world. And yes, people do take time to think, but less and less. Running has become a fashion here too, so it doesn't even matter where you are running to, as long as you run.
When you look at her, innocent and apparently unaware of her charm, you remember that time can stop... for centuries...

Anonymous said...

I saw this painting tonight actually in person. It's currently on loan at the Museum of Art at BYU. It's absolutely mesmerizing.

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