The Death of Romanticism

The Death of Romanticism

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An original oil painting by Kate Bentley SWA LAS, (120cm x 76cm inc' frame, 105cm x 61cm canvass) depicting Shakespeare's tragic noblewoman Ophelia from Hamlet, who through a chain of events, madness, love-sickness, conspiratorial spying, bewilderment at nonreciprocal love & her father's death at the hands of her betrothed, she drowns after bidding all present "good night".

The Death of Romanticism.

Kate comment about her prescient painting, "I have deliberately used a purely romantic, iconic image of Millais's Ophelia as a vehicle to express our need to change and redress our pollution and plastics problem.
The ethos of the Pre-Raphaelites brotherhood of 'Truth' in regards to observing nature and Truth to one's spiritual and ethical values seems particularly poignant, especially when thinking of the Super Powers' attitude to climate change & denial of responsibility."

The most famous painting of Ophelia is to be found in the Tate, London, by John Everett Millias, himself a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1848+), himself no stranger to romantic love having taken John Ruskin's wife from under his nose for his own wife.

Kate Bentley is a professional multi-award winning artist based in the English Lake District, an elected member of the Society of Women Artists and The Lakes Artists Society.