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Title: Beautiful Lady
Artist: Anokhov Sergey
Size: 14.5x10.5x4.5
Size (inches): 5.75x4x1.75
Price : $765 SOLD!


The talented Palekh artist Sergey Anokhov inspired by creativity of the 19th century artists and their paintings showing a "magic world of romance and pictured poetry", created a series of works dedicated to the order of knighthood and an elegant chivalrous past. This is his next work from this series.
The original of the scene painted here is called "La Belle Dame Sans Merci". It was painted in 1902 by Sir Frank Dicksee (1853-1928), the famous English painter, draftsman and illustrator. This masterpiece is exhibited in the City of Bristol Art Gallery, England.
The title of this painting can be translated into English as "The Beautiful Lady Without Merci"; this beautiful title is derived from a poem by Keats first published in 1820, in which a knight is bewitched by a fairy in a meadow, almost costing him his life. The following fragment of this poem is depicted here:

I met a lady in the meads,
Full beautiful-a faery's child,
Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.

I made a garland for her head,
And bracelets too, and fragrant zone;
She looked at me as she did love,
And made sweet moan.

I set her on my pacing steed,
And nothing else saw all day long,
For sidelong would she bend, and sing
A fairy's song.

"La Belle Dame Sans Merci" is a common theme depicted in many Victorian paintings of a woman using her beauty to entrap men, putting them at great peril.
The scene is painted in the Neo-Classical style. Various shades of brown, green and red dominate here. Gold paint that details each tiny flower here is used to enhance life and brightness of the scene.
The scene is framed with a nice pattern composed of gold beads. More complex gold floral ornamentation can be found wrapping around the box's sides.
The box is made out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The lid is hinged from the top of the scene, and the box rests on four legs. The box's exterior bottom is framed with a gold line; in the center of it the artist depicted in gold paints the flying bird carrying the ribbon; within this ribbon he wrote in English: the village of Palekh, his name, and the title of the original ("La Belle Dame Sans Merci"). At the bottom of the scene painted on the lid he wrote in Russian: Palekh, the title ("Beautiful Lady"), and his name all in gold paints.

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