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Flaming June

“Flaming June” is a famous painting created by Sir Frederic Leighton, an English artist, in 1895. The full title of the painting is “Flaming June: A Leighton masterpiece,” and it is considered one of the most iconic works of the Victorian era.

“Flaming June”, painted by Sir Frederic Leighton in 1895, is renowned for its vibrant colours, meticulous attention to detail, and the graceful depiction of the female figure.

In “Flaming June,” Leighton portrays a sleeping woman in a flowing, orange-yellow gown against a vibrant background. The composition is characterised by the use of warm, intense colours, particularly shades of orange, yellow, and red. The woman is reclined in a classical pose, with one arm resting above her head, and the overall atmosphere exudes a sense of tranquillity and warmth.

Despite its beauty, “Flaming June” was not initially well-received, and after Leighton’s death in 1896, the painting faded into relative obscurity. It was not until the 1960s that the artwork experienced a resurgence in popularity. Today, “Flaming June” is considered a masterpiece of Victorian neoclassicism and is admired for its aesthetic appeal and the skilful execution of the subject matter.

The painting is currently housed in the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, where it has become one of the museum’s most prized possessions. “Flaming June” is celebrated for its timeless beauty and continues to captivate art enthusiasts around the world.