Johann Henrich Fussli ( Zúrich 1741 – Putney Hill 1825 ) :
Swiss painter, best known perhaps for his name adopted in England by Henry Fuseli. Son of the painter Johan Caspar, in his youth training was oriented more towards literature and theology painting, ordained pastor of the church of Zwingli, although his ideas illustrated exile and soon made him abandon this theology.
Germany happened to England, where most of his life happened except a time of 1770-1778 he was in Italy studying fine arts. His early training was neoclassical, and chronologically is between the neoclassicism and early romantic visions of art, but also has been considered as a precursor of symbolism.
He continued in that writing career until Sir Joshua Reynolds encourage you to go to painting. His art is characterized by a great fantasy lover drama, sources were often theatrical dramas, especially Shakespeare and his most fantastic works such as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Tempest”, the terrible as “Macbeth”, or eroticism “the Merry Wives of Windsor”.
The table :
In it, Fuseli shows the Queen of the Fairies, Titania, caressing the weaver Bottom, which has ass’s head as the husband of Titania, Oberon, his wife punishment achieved through a spell, this fall in love with bottom, and putting this that Head. All this is based on sequences of Shakespeare’s “a Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
The picture is of great theatricality, enhanced by the presence of very different imaginary beings such as elves, fairies, and others. As in most of his work, in this eroticism content as Queen Titania is a voluptuous woman, and embrace as monstrous as Bottom can symbolize blind love is observed.
The chromatic range is very small, with a very dark background that enhances the whiteness of bodies, also contrasted by the warm light brown donkey‘s head and the hair of the Queen. The execution is very careful, but somewhat affected by the use of a “sfumato” which blurs the contours, and brake energy of the scene, giving it a more romantic tone.
I hope you like it.