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John Simmons (1823-1876). Titania. (1866). 

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John Simmons (1823-1876). Titania. (1866). 

John Simmons is a British Bristol-board painter. He is especially portraitist and carries out during years 1860 a whole series of watercolours whose subject is the fairies. Its subjects make that it can be classified among the painters préraphaelites. 
Titania is regarded as the queen of the fairies. She appears in a Midsummer Night's Dream, comedy of William Shakespeare in worms and prose. Titania is also quoted also in one of the tales of Angéla Carteret in the series of books of Yasmine Galenorn: “Sisters of the moon”. Shakespeare borrows the name Titania from Ovide, which in the Metamorphoses names Titanias the sisters of the Titans. According to the legend it does not support loneliness and one sees it only at the time of the nights of full moons, but often one confuses it with a shooting star because it flies very quickly. It is the wife of Obéron but their love life complicated and is agitated. Titania and Obéron have a joint gift, when they are in anger, they modify the atmospheric conditions, from where the proverb “ It rains, it makes sun it is Titania and Obéron which quarrel. ” Therefore the court of Obéron and Titania, the fairy-like fairies, imps and other beings play of the music, dance… to try to calm their two in love, which like to dispute.

The point of view of the observer is just above the face of the fairy. Then the glance follows its gesture and moves towards the flowers.

The main character : the Titania fairy, is on the geometrical center of the painting, framed by the 4 tension and 4 natural point fields of interest.

In the foreground on each sides two zones for the flowers, in the second plan in the center, the fairy, with the background sky.

The painting is built on the large ascending diagonal, the principal guiding lines follow this movement even if the guiding lines of the veil are on the other hand and go down.

Details : 

The fairy has wings of butterfly. In other paintings it also happens that the wings are those of has dragonfly… 

From the hands the body of the fairy is covered with a transparent and fine veil.

Compared to the body of the fairy the proportions of the flowers are gigantic. This stresses that the world of the Titania fairy is fantastic.

Of a gracious gesture the fairy is nourishing glow-worms.

Light: :

The totality of the body of the fairy and part of the vegetation is enlightened of in top on the left. 

Colors : Harmony between cold colors.
Similar Paintings : 

John Simmons. Here lives Titania. (1872). 

Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914). Midsummer Eve. (1908).