April Love (Hughes painting)
|Type||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||89 cm × 50 cm (35 in × 19.5 in)|
|Location||Tate Britain, London|
At its first showing Hughes accompanied the painting with an extract from Tennyson's poem "The Miller's Daughter":
- Love is hurt with jar and fret,
- Love is made a vague regret,
- Eyes with idle tears are set,
- Idle habit links us yet;
- What is Love? For we forget.
- Ah no, no.
It shows a distinctly Pre-Raphelite style in which a soft approach to nature and feminity is found. Bright colors and red-haired women as well as an emphasis on nature and symbolism characterize this style which can be found in the late 1800s as a response to industrialization.
The painting depicts a young couple at a moment of emotional crisis. The male figure is barely visible, his head bent over the young woman's left hand. The woman is looking down at fallen blossoms, suggesting the end of spring, and of early and young love.
The model for the principal figure was Tryphena Ford, whom Hughes married in 1855.
- April Love, Arthur Hughes at the Victorian Web. Accessed 24 March 2007.
- April Love - Entry at Tate.org.uk. Accessed 24 March 2007.
- Arthur Hughes - Biography on Humanities.web. Accessed 24 March 2007.
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