My Inspiration for June 2021

30 Jun

This June my imagination took me to the beautiful lush gardens of Italy such as the Garden of Ninfa where I imagine the distant sound of Faun’s flute and the nymphs splashing water and laughing while the breeze carries a delicate yet sweet floral scent that lulls the senses into an everlasting dream… Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale’s watercolour “Youth and the Lady” seems like a scene from such a dreamy garden. Since I was reading Charlotte Gordon’s amazing biography on Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, I also travelled in my mind to the beautiful places in Italy that Percy and Mary Shelley lived in, such as Naples with the Mount Vesuvius and Pisa. I also enjoyed paintings by Greuze and photographs by Francesca Woodman.

“All cruelty springs from weakness.”


“Empathy without boundaries is self-destruction.”

(Silvy Khoucasian)

“Future joys are like tropical shores; like a fragrant breeze, they extend their innate softness to the immense inland world of past experience, and we are lulled by this intoxication into forgetting the unseen horizons beyond.”
(Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary)

Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, Youth and the Lady, 1905


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Francesca Woodman, Polka Dots, November 1976

Max Kozloff, Francesca Woodman, 1981

Carol Kane photographed by Jean Pagliuso, 1975

By @labohemejulia

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Garden of Ninfa, province of Latina, Italy.

By cadreg@tt on Flickr

Francesca Woodman, Woman with Large Plate, Roma (1978)

11 Responses to “My Inspiration for June 2021”

  1. So Sweetly She Sings 1st Jul 2021 at 7:12 pm #

    These pictures are to beautiful for words! There are some enchanting Pre-Raphaelite examples in here. I would absolutely love to sew Juliet’s dress in Waterhouse’s painting.

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  2. alan 2nd Jul 2021 at 8:16 pm #

    Delicious art and photos. Trust you are doing well.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Byron's Muse 3rd Jul 2021 at 2:26 pm #

      Thanks, glad you like it! I’m fine, hope you are well too 🙂


  3. Burne-Jones fan 20th Jul 2021 at 9:50 pm #

    Lovely paintings and photos. And you can never have too much of JMW Waterhouse!

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    • Byron's Muse 21st Jul 2021 at 12:05 pm #

      Thank you, and that’s so true, I am always in the mood for Waterhouse and his world of dreams!


      • Burne-Jones fan 22nd Jul 2021 at 1:42 am #

        Same here. He could conjure up a Tennysonian – or Keatsian – atmosphere perfectly. And, talking of which, that stunning photo of Carol Kane could BE La Belle Dame sans Merci!

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  4. Dadheechchandraprakash 31st Jul 2021 at 6:14 am #

    Gorgeous blog

    Liked by 1 person

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