Figure with head scarf

Simeon Solomon British

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This androgynous figure may represent King David, the Old Testament figure whose love for Jonathan the artist saw as a legitimizing model for love between men. The style and iconography here respond to the artist's own 1871 prose poem, "A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep," where a narrator and his soul journey through a landscape in a dream state, experiencing visions that relate to forms and conditions of love. In a series of related late works, Solomon represented one or two heads in profile using a style that moves away from the Pre-Raphaelitism of Dante Gabriel Rossetti towards Symbolism.

Figure with head scarf, Simeon Solomon (British, London 1840–1905 London), Watercolor and gouache (bodycolor)

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