This painting depicts four spirits in the forms of women, wrapped in cloaks of pale blue, the solids of which swirl around them to fill the whole canvas. The paint on the women’s faces and hair seems thinly applied, lending them a ghostly, ethereal air.
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones
Spirits, or The Uninterpreted Dream
An English painter, Sir Edward Burne-Jones was born in Birmingham and educated at Oxford, where he met his lifelong friend William Morris. He studied briefly under Dante Gabriel Rossetti but soon outgrew his influence despite retaining great respect for him. Burne-Jones later visited Italy with John Ruskin, seeing works by Botticelli and Mantegna which had a profound influence on him. From 1878, Burne-Jones gained a European reputation and influenced both continental Symbolism and Art Nouveau.