Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Four Seasons

The other day I was perusing ebay randomly to search for any garden statuary with an elegant, Pre-Raphaelite feel that I might be able to use outside my apartment, when I came across this auction for a decidedly too-expensive and too-enormous set of beautiful garden statues that I am smitten with.

They remind me very much of Walter Crane's Masque of the Four Seasons, one of my favorite artworks of all time, and the image on the business cards of Midnight Muse. In the statues, as in the painting, each figure holds a symbol of her season.

Spring with her basket of flowers

Summer with wheat and a sickle

Autumn with her ripe fruits

Winter, hooded, with a torch


Hermes said...

Oh I do like them. Very well modeled. I have a statue of Flora in my garden but could definitely stand another like these.

Meredith said...

Did you know about this exhibit?

I am so excited!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

These are wonderful, Grace! Do you have a garden? I imagine it would be so elegant and yet magical and peaceful. These statues would go well chez toi. Anita

Fete et Fleur said...

I love Summer! Thank you for sharing Rima's blog with me. It was fantasical!


Grace said...

Thank you, Hermes! Where did you get the statue of Flora??

Meredith, no I didn't! How exciting! If only I lived closer. I'll have to post about that if you don't mind.

Anita and Nancy, thank you both! :D

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest Grace,

Once you get a garden, you will be hooked. You can create your own world there! And for the macaroons, let me tell you...I can just imagine one of Waterhouse's models indulging in such a treat, especially the rose or lavender flavor! Have a magical weekend my friend. Anita

Meredith said...

I've sure I will end up going more than once :)