Monday, November 29, 2010

Fire Fancies

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Arthur Hacker
(English, 1858-1919)
Fire Fancies, ????
Oil on canvas
Arthur Hacker was a member of the Omar Khayyam Society, and this painting of 'Fire Fancies' inspired William Wilsey Martin to write the following quatrain in the style of Omar Khayyam:

"Weird fire-light dreams are hers. On her young sight
Strange faces grow, wrapp'd in the ruddy light,
    And fade, while through the caves and grots of flame
Move changing shapes like phantoms of the night."


  1. I literally gasped when I saw this. So gorgeous. The colors are fabulous and look at the wittle kitty!!! ::)