Edward John Poynter - Chloe 
Music and harmony are key to this sophisticated arrangement, which combines the archaeological fidelity of Neo-Classicism with the Aesthetic movement’s devotion to sensual delight. The pipes in the model’s right hand and the lyre leaning against the leopard skin to her left, signify the subjects musical attributes and accomplishment. The bullfinch to which she offers cherries at her feet, also enhances the melodic theme (perhaps a rival to its mistress in terms of musical skill). Music is also obliquely referred to in the painting’s carefully composed colour harmonies and surface patterns, which combine to create a rich decorative effect. The russet, blue and gold of the intricate architectural mouldings are repeated in the beads around Chloe’s neck and picked up again in the blanket upon which she rests. The pale, shimmering tessellated pattern of her Grecian robe is echoed in the pearlised marquetry of the footstool, whose pattern reflects a smaller version of the marble floor. Sight and sound are not the only senses to in this visual feast. The bowl of ripe cherries fulfils the sense of taste, sitting directly below an aperture through which we imagine the fragrance of poppies and foxgloves enters.
[Oil on canvas, 71.1 x 91.4 cm]