5 most famous paintings inspired by immortal literary works, sometimes we read literary works that capture us between their pages and captivate us to the point that sometimes we close them and close our eyes to imagine a specific scene in it or imagine the shape of one of its heroes. And if such things happen to ordinary readers, what happens to talented painters when they are fascinated by a literary work?
Like ordinary readers, painters imagine the shape of their favorite character from any literary work they read, but the difference is that the image of the hero does not remain in their minds, but is translated into visual paintings that reflect the perception and vision of these artists for those characters and immortalize their image forever in the minds of readers as immortalized by the writer in their minds and feelings.
No one knows whether the fame of the literary works from which the paintings mentioned below are what made them famous, or whether the accuracy and beauty of the drawing is what did that, but we leave the judgment to the reader of this report to decide this matter.
5 most famous paintings inspired by immortal literary works
The painting “Mrs. Shalot” .. the curse of one-sided love!
Four gray constellations, and four walls looking down upon an expanse of flowers, and the silence of the island besieging Mrs. Shalott.. Only he who sows the barley early hears a song that sings happily coming from toward the river and hurrying toward Camelot.. And the reaper, weary under the moonlight, gathers sheaves and listens to these whispers. Fairy, Mr. Shalott. ** Alfred Tennyson – “Mrs. Shalott”.
In a secluded tower in a castle called Shalott, a beautiful woman sits alone and bent over a loom in front of her in seemingly endless spinning of the threads she is condemned to weave until she is freed from this captivity.
Apart from the metaphorical details that the painting is filled with, it is considered one of the most important realistic paintings that highlight nature and highlight its picturesque details, which gave Tenson’s poem another dimension, and added a lot of poetic to the last scenes of his famous poem.
“Don Quixote”… a knight fighting windmills
The Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes and his hero Don Quixote, who wants to re-enact chivalry laws and wage an imaginary war with windmills in his desire to defend justice and love in a sinful world, have captured the attention of the famous Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, who painted a painting glorifying this hero.
Picasso painted this painting in 1955 at the request of the French poet Louis Aragon to publish it in a French literary magazine, a number of which were devoted entirely to the memory of Miguel de Cervantes.
Salvador Dali in “Wonderland”
In 1969, an editor at Random House asked Salvador Dali to paint a limited edition of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s novel, Alice in Wonderland.
Because the astonishing artistic mind of Salvador Dali knows no bounds, he accepts this offer and draws one illustration per chapter, plus a four-color engraving like the front of this novel. Only 2,700 copies of this novel were published, which sold at high prices to readers who wanted to buy a novel with paintings by Salvador Dali and his signature.
“Ophelia”… a woman killed by love
In his most famous play “Hamlet,” William Shakespeare tells the story of a young prince whose uncle killed his father, and his mother cooperated with the murderous uncle to steal the throne from him. her father, but she too ends up insane, and throws herself to the bottom of the river after losing her father and her lover.
This tragic end of Ophelia affected the English painter John Everett Millais, so he painted a painting depicting that end and called it Ophelia.
5- The painting “Arnheim Field” .. When the artist falls in love with a literary work
This time the painting presented here does not depict a literary figure, but a landscape accurately described in the famous American horror writer Edgar Allan Poe’s “Arnheim Field”, also bearing this title.
This painting was by the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte, who was strongly influenced by the work of Edgar Allan Poe. Both Magritte and Poe take the view that landscapes, however beautiful they are, are not perfect and need some improvement.