Finished reading Lucinda Hawksley’s book on Lizzie Siddal at last,
I believed it took me only three days to finished the book, which by far was quite a fast speed. I would also class it as a good omen, as only books I sincerely liked to bits would be able to achieve such high-flying speed. Normally, I would be slow in reading – from maybe months to god knows how long.
The book captured the key moments of Lizzie Siddal and the world she was in: being asked to model for paintings, associating herself with Pre-Raphaelite painters, having John Ruskin as her patron and of course her turbulent relationship with famous painter Dante Rossetti.
I found the turbulent relationship she had with Rossetti was the most fascinating of the whole book – Lizzie and Dante were both not just headstrong and creative, it was also shown that they have made a habit of abusing each other (Rossetti by affairs, Siddal by emotional blackmail & ill-health) but bounded to each other in either romantically fate, or in a reality side – lack of options for L.S. to freely choose any man to marry and the reputation business. Their possessive nature also caused them great deal of problems, and as a result made work harder to be progressed. There were also notes on difficulties to live in Lizzie’s period, including stigma of suicide, difficulties to give birth to a healthy baby and keep them survived.
But of course their life-consuming love indeed brought them legacy in not just artwork, but for the world to remember as long as they live. Especially Lizzie, her beauty would always be remembered through paintings she modeled, along with the tale of her romance with Dante Rossetti.
p.s. must admit Lucinda Hawksley’s writing not just flown like water, but it would make your gripping onto the book, as there would (was) always something going on in Lizzie’s short life.
(A picture created from a blog. http://preraphaelitepaintings.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/paul-rainer-elizabeth-siddal-and-dante.html)