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Edward John Poynter, OW said "A picture has no meaning but its beauty, no message but its joy. That is the first truth about art that you must never lose sight of. A picture is a purely decorative thing.”

Barine (c1894). Sir Edward John Poynter (British, 1836-1919). Horace’s Faithless Barine is about a calculating temptress who breaks the heart of every man she meets, leaving only “a train of slaves [which] grows every day.” Poynter uses subtle symbolism: The maiden is crowned by red roses, traditional representation of passion, as she gently tears a love letter in two. The notion of “undying devotion” has fallen upon deaf ears as Barine coldly dismisses the token of love...."

John William Waterhouse -Spring- The Flower Picker 1900-Fine Art Oil Painting Gallery

John William Waterhouse >> Flower picker | (Oil, artwork, reproduction, copy, painting).

Sir Edward John Poynter, (1836 – 1919 ) English painter, designer, and draughtsman second only to Frederic Leighton as an exponent of Victorian neo-classicism.

At the Window by Sir Edward John Poynter, (1836 – 1919 ) English painter, designer, and draughtsman second only to Frederic Leighton as an exponent of Victorian neo-classicism.

Henry John Stock, The Flower Maiden ca. 1880-1930.

Detail from Edward John Poynter’s “The Festival”, 1875