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Water Dust by Shaun Berke
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Alfred Zimmermann (1854-1910)
Dance of the Dragonflies, Jugend Magazine, 1903

Frederic Leighton, Elijah in the Wilderness (detail)
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The Love Letter (1851). Henry Courtney Selous (British, 1811-1890). Oil on canvas.
Academic in manner, with an outstanding capacity to represent the human figure in dynamic situations, Selous’ paintings ranged from portraits to landscapes, from battle-scenes to pictures of a Favourite Cat (1818), from vast panoramas to intimate genre. 
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Luis Ricardo Falero (1851–1896)
Reclining nude (detail)
oil on panel
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NIta Naldi
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Luis Ricardo Falero (1851 – December 7, 1896) was a Spanish painter. He specialized in female nudes and mythological and fantasy settings. Most of his paintings contained at least one female nude or topless nude. His most common medium was oil on canvas.
Falero was born in Toledo and originally pursued a career in the Spanish Navy, but gave it up to his parent’s bitter disappointment. He walked all the way to Paris, where he studied art, chemistry and mechanical engineering. The experiments that he had to conduct in the latter two were so dangerous, however, that he decided to focus on painting alone.After Paris, he studied in London, where he eventually settled.
Falero had a particular interest in astronomy and incorporated celestial constellations into many of his works, such as “The Marriage of a Comet” and “Twin Stars”. His interest and knowledge of astronomy also led him to illustrate the works of Camille Flammarion.
In 1896, the year of his death, Maud Harvey sued Falero for paternity. The suit alleged that Falero seduced Harvey when she was 17 first serving as his housemaid, and then model. When he discovered she was pregnant, he dismissed her. She won the case and was awarded five shillings per week in support of their child.
Falero died at University College Hospital, London, at the age of 45.
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La Favorite by Luis Ricardo Falero
Oil on panelby Luis Ricardo Falero representing a naked oriental woman.
Huile sur panneau de Luis Ricardo Falero représentant une femme orientale nue.
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La Pose by Luis Ricardo Falero,1879
oil on canvas
160.6 × 85 cm
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Study of a Witch, by Luis Ricardo Falero
oil on cardboard
18.5 x 23.4 cm
inscribed verso: Etude de Sorciere N.22 / par Louis Falero / de la collection d’ebauches / et oeuvres inedites / signe par son fils / RFalero

19th century
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The witches Sabbath, by Luis Ricardo Falero
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Fallen Angel (detail), Alexandre Cabanel 1847
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Francisco Masriera - Femme à l’éventail

John La Farge - Red Hollyhocks