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Herbert James Draper



Herbert James Draper


Herbert James Draper (. Herbert James Draper) (1863 - 1920) - English painter, known for his female images, which he borrowed from mythology and literature.


Herbert James Draper was born in London in 1863. He was a painter of the Victorian era. Draper studied the intricacies of the art at the Royal Academy in London and made several study tours to Rome and Paris between 1888 and 1892. In the 1890s, he worked mainly as an illustrator. In 1891, Herbert James Draper married Ida, with whom he had a daughter.

Draper traveled to Spain, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, France and Belgium. In Paris, he worked at the Académie Julian. In 1891, the artist rented a studio in Rome. Returning home, he opened a studio in Kensington. The first big success came to him with a picture of "Sea Maiden» (The Sea Maiden), exhibited at the Academy in 1894.

1894 marked the beginning of the most productive period in the life of Draper. In his works, he focused primarily on the mythology of ancient Greece. His painting "The Lament for Icarus» (The Lament For Icarus) earned a gold medal at the World Exhibition of 1900, held in Paris. While Draper was not a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, he took part in the annual exhibition in 1897.

Draper died September 22, 1920 in London. During his lifetime he was quite famous and popular as an artist. But in the last years of his life his fame has faded and now he is almost forgotten.


Unfortunately, in our time, the artist is not so popular as, say, William Waterhouse, but his paintings are no less magical and delicious. In paintings Draper has a special charm and ease ...


We can only enjoy its unrecognized talent:





Lament for Icarus, 1898


  "The Lament for Icarus" was awarded a gold medal at the World Expo 1900 in Parizhe.V the moment the picture is in the collection of the Tate Gallery.


The use of the male body as a means of realization of subjective emotions, as in this picture, is a sign of the end of Victorian painting and sculpture, but here specifically expressed in the melting position of Icarus in the hands of the nymphs. Draper light effects on water without abandoning forms and mostly warm tone. Icarus tanned skin due to its proximity to the sun before the fall. The rays of the setting sun on the distant rocks emphasize the transience of time. Moralizing, sentimental and sensual painting "The Lament for Icarus" eventually became a distinct way of epic destruction.


Even in ancient times people have dreamed about how to master the skies. In the legend, which was created by the ancient Greeks, reflected this dream.

The greatest painter, sculptor and architect of Athens was Daedalus. He carved out of white marble statues are wonderful, that they seemed to be alive. Daedalus invented many tools for their work, such as a drill and an ax.

Daedalus lived at King Minos, and did not want to Minos to his master worked for others. Long thought Daedalus like him escape from Crete, and finally came up with.

He scored feathers. Secure them with linen thread and wax to make of them wings. Daedalus worked, and his son Icarus playing near his father. Daedalus finally finished work. He tied the wings on his back, slipped his hands into the loops that were attached to the wings, and waved them slowly rose into the air. With amazement Icarus looked at his father, who was floating in the air like a bird.

Daedalus went down to the ground and said to his son: "Listen, Icarus, now we fly away from Crete. Be careful during the flight. Do not go down too close to the sea to salt spray could not dampen your wings. Do not pick up too high, close to the sun to heat does not melt the wax, then scatter feathers. Fly me, keep up with me. "

Father and son wearing wings and rose into the air easily. Often results in Daedalus, to see how his son is flying. Quick amused flight of Icarus, bolder, he waved his wings. Icarus forgot his father's instruction. Strongly waving wings, he flew high under heaven to get closer to the sun. Scorching rays of the sun melted the wax, the glue that held the feathers of the wings, the feathers fell out and flew away through the air, driven by the wind. Icarus waved his arms, but they had no wings. He fell with a terrible height into the sea and died in its waves.

Daedalus turned, looking around. No Icarus. Loudly he called it his son: "Icarus! Icarus! Where are you? Respond! "No answer. Daedalus saw in the sea waves feathers and realized what had happened. How he hated his art and the day planned to escape from Crete by air!

And the body of Icarus long worn on the waves of the sea, which has since become known as Icarian.




Tristan and Isolde, 1901




Day and Dawn 1906





Water Nymph, 1908




Odysseus and the Sirens



Ariadne, 1905


Lamia 1909



Marine Virgin, 1894

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