Vespertina Quies

Burne-Jones’ painting technique while working on his Vespertina Quies, described by his student Maud Beddington:

“He began by drawing the figure in Raw Umber… then he modeled the face in white and Raw Umber, lightly putting a little red on the lips, nostrils and eyes – the blue of the frock and all the strong colours were painted in sweeping strokes of full colour. He used a mixture of spike oil and turpentine as a medium. He used a flat brush to keep his canvas smooth.”

Plate 35 notes. Ash, Russell. 1993. Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Abrams.

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