The Blue Closet Dante Gabriel Rossetti Buy Art Prints Now
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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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This drawing is among the many masterpieces that Dante Gabriel Rossetti drew, showcasing his ability to deliver unique art. The picture was completed in 1857 and has ever since been an incredible addition to the world of art. The name blue closet signifies the blue tiles that cover the whole room in which the four ladies are standing.

The art is rich in details, and the subjects are developed exceptionally. The picture captures the mood, and every addition is well done, thus giving it an incredible finish. Just like many of his paintings, Dante Gabriel Rossetti uses watercolour on paper to deliver this piece. He clearly shows his absolute mastery of art by coming up with a sharper and detailed drawing. What makes it even more appealing is the addition of numerous colours that make it live and incredible. It is a piece that is artistically done.

Dante Rossetti known for his eye to details delivers yet another work of art dubbed the blue closet. The drawing is made of four women in a blue closet with a musical instrument right in the middle of the room. The women can be seen singing while others are playing drums, bells and lutes. The women at the front are Queens while those at the back are their models. The Queens are the ones playing the music instrument while the models sing from music sheets.

The two queens seem to be paying full attention to the music they are playing. Their facial expression indicates their deep involvement in what they are doing. It is said that the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Rossetti was inspired by a poem that was written earlier by Morris with the same name as the painting. In the Poem, Morris refers to the two queens as Louise and Alice.

According to Frederic Stephens, who was a member of the brotherhood of Pre-Raphaelites, the drawing shows the distinct relationship between music and colours. He further states that the purple colour complements the sound made by the lute while the scarlet and green colours complement the bell. The wooden clavichord is perfectly drawn, showing every single detail perfectly. The women's clothes are well adorned, giving them a royal look. The two models wear different veil styles to achieve a distinct look. The drawing of the blue closet by Dante Gabriel Rossetti is currently hanged in the Tate gallery.