Lawrence Alma-Tadema

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Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Netherlands Victorian Neoclassical, Olympian Classical Revivalist painter and draftsman

Born 1/8/1836 - Died 6/28/1912

Born in Dronrijp (Friesland, Netherlands)

Died in Wiesbaden (Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany)

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Sunny Days


Oil on canvas

22.9 x 35.6 cms | 9 x 14 ins

Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, United States



Oil on panel

44.5 x 46 cms | 17 1/2 x 18 ins

Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

A Foregone Conclusion


Oil on panel

311 x 229 cms | 122 1/4 x 90 ins

Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom



Oil on canvas

179.1 x 80 cms | 70 1/2 x 31 1/4 ins

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, United States

Study for Thermaie Antoniniane


Graphite on medium, slightly textured, white wove paper

15.2 x 26.4 cms | 5 3/4 x 10 1/4 ins

Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, United States

A Coign of Vantage


Oil on canvas

64 x 44.5 cms | 25 x 17 1/2 ins

Private collection, ,

The Finding of Moses


Oil on canvas

137.5 x 213.4 cms | 54 x 84 ins

Private collection, ,

The Women of Amphissa


Oil on canvas

121.8 x 182.8 cms | 47 3/4 x 71 3/4 ins

Private collection, ,

The Silent Counselor



14.4 x 30.5 cms | 5 1/2 x 12 ins

Private collection, ,

Entrance to a Roman Theatre


Oil on canvas

70.4 x 98.4 cms | 27 1/2 x 38 1/2 ins

Private collection, ,

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"Lawrence Alma-Tadema was one of the most renowned painters of late nineteenth century Britain. Universally admired for his superb draftsmanship and 'real to life' depictions of Classical antiquity he was much sought after by Victorian collectors who intimately connected with his vision. He so embraced the aspirations of his day that when the idealistic illusions of his age were shattered by modernism and the Great War his art fell from favour. Now, again, as the re-evaluation of that era is well underway his reputation is rebounding. The study of the artist and his art must begin as always with their origins ..."

This is an extract from Vern G. Swanson's landmark biography on the great Victorian artist. Dr Swanson is an acknowledged expert on Alma-Tadema and has written a critically acclaimed catalogue raisonée on the artist.

With his kind permission, the Art Renewal Center has been allowed to reprint his entire Alma-Tadema biography. This is an internet first: the complete, unabridged biography of a great master, printed with footnotes and copious illustrations. Where possible, supplementary links have been included to references in the text made to artists or personalities not so well known to twenty-first century audiences. In many cases, nineteenth century artists referred to in the text are also represented on ARC, and links have been provided to their galleries.

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