Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Pale Complexion of True Love

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Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale
(English, 1871-1945)
The Pale Complexion of True Love, 1899
Watercolor and bodycolor

The title is taken from Shakespeare's As You Like It, Act III, when Corin speaks of Silvius' unrequired love for Phebe as
a pageant truly play'd,
Between the pale complexion of true love
And the red glow of scorn and proud disdain
  (Info from Pre Raphaelite Art blog.)


  1. this painting is Hilarious! ;D ;D I Love her expression---and then the guy reminds me of mr collins. ;D