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Gurney Journey: Herbert Olivier’s Spring Scene


Herbert Arnould Olivier, Summer time is Icumen in, 1902, oil on canvas

In 1902, English painter Herbert Arnould Olivier painted an enthralling picture of a younger girl beside a flowering tree and exhibited it on the Royal Academy.

Sotheby’s says: When the image was exhibited on the Royal Academy in 1902 it was given the title of “Summer time is Icumen In,” being the primary line of a conventional English music identified from a thirteenth century manuscript at Studying Abbey:

Summer time is icumen in,
Loudly sing, Cuckoo!
The seed grows and the meadow blooms
And the wooden springs anew,
Sing, Cuckoo!

“The music describes the method of summer time and the glories of the reawakening of nature after the somnolence of winter. Olivier subsequently used the symbolism to create a portray imbibed with the symbolism of abundance, fertility and rebirth. The topic of Primavera and of Persephone, the Greek Goddess of Spring was fashionable within the twentieth century as an allegory of rebirth, of the optimism for a brand new century.”


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