Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

1836-1912 Netherlands-Neoclassical

 

Brief Biography-Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema was from Dronrijp in the Netherlands. He received private tuition in art along with his brothers at an early age. As a young teenager, he experienced severe mental health issues and was encouraged to spend his time painting, the work nurtured him back to health. He studied at the Royal Academy of Antwerp for four years where he won numerous awards. The painting that catapulted him to fame was 'The Education of the Children of Clovis', it was his first major work containing his depiction of marble which is one of the attributes his work is noted for. He married in 1863 and had three children before his wife died six years later. The art dealer Ernst Gambart encouraged him to move to London in 1870 after having health issues due to the death of his wife. It was in London he found success selling his paintings. England would be his home for the remainder of his life. He married for a second time to eighteen-year-old Laura Epps whom also became a noted artist. The paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites bore an influence on his work. In 1879, he became an Academician and during this period he visited Italy where he was influenced by the ancient ruins and Roman life scenes. He enjoyed a successful career as an artist for the whole of his life gaining many awards on the continent, and in England he received a Knighthood. He died in Wiesbaden Germany where he was visiting for health reasons in 1912.

 

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Expectations

Expectations

escena pompeyana

on the road

on the road

Silver Favourites

Silver Favourites

sappho listening

sappho and her companions listening as the poet alcaeus plays a kithara on the island of lesbos

Education

The Education of the Children of Clovis

Finding of Moses

Finding of Moses

Tepidarium

Tepidarium

Triumph of Titus

Triumph of Titus

A Favourite Custom

Favourite Custom

An Audience

An Audiance

Unconscious Rivals

Unconscious Rivals

Roses -

Roses of Heliogabalus

Egyptian Chess

Egyptian Chess Players

Spring

Chiesa san Clemente

Chiesa san Clemente

Colosseum

Colosseum

Women of Amphissa

Women of Amphissa

A Crown

A Crown

Faust and Marguerit

Faust and Marguerit

Arthur James Balfour

Arthur James Balfour First Earl of Balfour

A Sculptor's Model

A Sculptor's Model

Cherries

Cherries

Doctor W Epps

Doctor  Washington Epps

Mary Magdalen

Fragment of a half length figure of Mary Magdalen

Laura Theresa

Laura Theresa

Dame Ellen Terry

Dame Ellen Terry as Imogen Shakespeare heroine in Cymbeline

Pastime in Egypt

Pastime in Ancient Egypt

Private

Private

Sir George Hensche

Sir George Hensche

Pyramus and Thisbe

Pyramus and Thisbe entitled Ask Me No More

Queen Katherine

Queen Katherine of France

Spring

Spring in the Gardens of the Villa Borghese

Crossing of the River

The Crossing of the River Berizina

Votive Offering

Votive Offering

Death of Hippolytus

The Death of Hippolytus