Sun and Moon Flowers
By G.D. Leslie

Sun and Moon Flowers
By George Dunlop Leslie, R.A. (1835-1921)
In the Guildhall Art Gallery, London

Not the least of Mr. Leslie's achievements was that of rising above the disability of being his father's son. From his parent, Charles Leslie, R.A., he inherited his talent for art, as well as his love of flowers. The father obtained his ideas from literary masterpieces. He was an interpreter of the ideas of others. Traces of his influence are naturally enough, to be found in the work of his son, in the grace and refinement, as well as in the delicate colour effects which he achieved so well. His pictures are marked by a romantic touch which appeals to the senses like a poem or a melody. They are soft, and sunny, and peaceful, like an English landscape in the summer time. Especially was he successful in interpreting innocent feminine beauty as he did it in "Sun and Moon Flowers."

This picture was painted in 1890, from one of the windows of the artist's drawing-room at Wallingford, looking out over the garden to the meadow on the opposite bank of the river. "I arranged the two girls," he said, "by the window. One is seated on a stool on the ground, and the other is on the seat of the deeply recessed window. The whole was painted direct from nature." A young lady friend posed for one of the figures, while "the other is from Kitty Lambert, a favourite model of mine. The two girls are arranging sunflowers in a vase. In the picture some of the sunflowers are the usual bright yellow ones, and others, which I call moonflowers, are far paler. It is painted on canvas, very simply, and when I last saw it was in a perfectly sound condition."

The picture forms a most agreeable colour scheme, and is redolent of summer and its fragrance.

From the book "Famous Paintings" printed in 1913.

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painting by Leslie

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