Photography from Tate Britain Gallery - (right to left), 'EVE' by Thomas Brock, and illustration from CHAPTER IV A of 'The FIrst Book of Urizen' by William Blake
Considering HAIR as a material, I first began to think about the significance of hair in art, as I knew it was incredibly significant in the art of the Victorians, primarily the Pre-Raphaelites. These images from the Tate Britain therefore caught my eye. 'EVE is almost dressed in her hair, given the way it falls, drapes and pools at her feet like fabric. The Blake illustration also uses hair to almost bizarre effect, as the figure's face is hidden under the hair that spills from his head and over the sphere in front, described as 'Round Globe, hot, burning, deep, Deep down into the Abyss'
The image below is a close up photograph of the figure in John William Waterhouse's 'SAINT EULALIA', which caught my eye due to the way in which the spilled hair almost resembles blood, pouring out from the head of the sprawled figure.
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