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russell flint, artemis and chione, print
'Artemis and Chione'
Limited edition of 850
Published:- April, 1981.
Image size:- 23.5" X 29"
Artemis the Greek goddess of hunting, daughter of Zeus and sister to Apollo, with Chione the sister of Cleopatra

Artemis and Chione
In Greek mythology Artemis (Greek ??teľ??, ??teľ??) is the daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin sister of Apollo. 
In Roman mythology, she was known as Diana. In Etruscan mythology, she took the form of Artume.


She was the virgin moon goddess of the hunt, wild animals, healing, wilderness, chastity, and paradoxically childbirth
(she was worshipped as a fertility/childbirth goddess mostly in cities), since she assisted her mother in the delivery of her twin. 
Early in her development, she was identified with Hecate, the primal, pre-Olympian feral goddess. 
She later became more identified with and eventually supplanted Selene as the moon goddess to complement her twin's identification 
with and supplantation of Helios as the sun god. Artemis also assimilated Caryatis (Carya).


Her priestesses were addressed with the title Melissa.


Artemis was not worshipped heavily in much of mainland Greece. In Asia Minor, however, she was a principal deity. 
The city of Ephesus is probably the best known of the Asian centers of her worship, from the story in the Acts 
of the Apostles, where the Ephesian metalsmiths  who feel threatened by Paul's preaching of the new faith, 
zealously riot in her defense, shouting "Great is Diana of the Ephesians!" (Acts 19:28 KJV) In Rome, 
she was heavily venerated at Mount Tifata near Capua and in holy forests (such as Aricia, Latium) 
Her high priest lived in Aricia; his position was passed to the person who could kill him with a bough,
picked from a tree in the forest.


Festivals in honor of Artemis include Brauronia, held in Brauron and the festival of Artemis Orthia in Sparta.


Young girls were initiated into the cult of Artemis at puberty. However, before marrying 
(an event in which they had little say, and which occurred shortly after puberty),
they were asked to lay all the accoutrements of virginity (toys, dolls, locks of their hair) on an altar to Artemis.


Diana


Diana was worshipped in a temple on the Aventine Hill where mainly lower-class citizens and slaves worshipped her. 
Slaves could ask for and receive asylum in her temples.



She was worshipped at a festival on August 13.


Her name may come from diviana ("the shining one").


It is often presumed that defeated peoples become a substratum beneath that of their conquerors. 
It seems plausible that the association of Diana worship with slaves may
 reflect the conquest of Goddess worshippers by, presumably, the early Romans.


Artemis In Art


The oldest representations of Artemis in Greek Archaic art portray her as Potnia Theron ("Queen of the Beasts");
a winged goddess holding a stag and leopard in her hands,
or sometimes a leopard and a lion. This winged Artemis lingered in ex-votos as Artemis Orthia, with a sanctuary close by Sparta.




In Greek classical art she is usually portrayed as a maiden huntress clothed in a girl's short skirt, with hunting boots, a quiver,
 a silver bow and arrows. 
Often she is shown in the shooting pose, and is accompanied by a hunting dog or stag. 
Her darker side is revealed in some vase paintings, where she is shown as the death-bringing goddess whose arrows fell 
young maidens and women, such as the daughters of Niobe.



The attributes of the goddess were often varied: bow and arrows were sometimes replaced by hunting spears; as a goddess of maiden 
dances she held a lyre;(citation needed) as a goddess of light a pair of flaming torches.



Only in post-Classical art do we find representations of Artemis-Diana with the crown of the crescent moon, as Luna. 
In the ancient world, although she was occasionally associated with the moon, she was never portrayed as the moon itself. 
Ancient statues of the goddesses can sometimes be found with crescent moons, however these are invariably Renaissance-era additions.

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The education Mr. Russell Flint received includes: - an apprenticeship as a lithographic draftsman , while he was taking classes at Royal Academy of Art (Edinburgh). - Working as a medical instructor, while taking part time classes at Heatherley's Art School; and, - Studying independently at the British Museum. Upon completion of his studies, Russell Flint began work as an artist for the London News (1903 to 1907). He also published various watercolours for a number of books, which depicted some of his early works in the art form he perfected.

Russell Flint was also the President of Britain's Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours. Throughout the course of his career, Russell Flint got much influence in the works he created from his visits to Spain. During his visits, he became extremely interested in the Spanish dancers, and the art form which they were working in. During his career, he also depicted many of these dancers in a number of the watercolours that he created and sold. Russell Flint did enjoy some commercial success for the works he did throughout his career as well, but he did not receive too much from the art critics of his time. Many did not appreciate the nature of his work, nor the way he depicted the female figure and body in the works that he produced and let out to the general public.

For those who enjoy the many Russell Flint art works, and the watercolours that have been produced by the artist, there are a variety of ways to purchase signed prints of his work online (through a reputable dealer), through museums, and through galleries and retail outlets as well.Russell Flint is arguably, one of the greatest watercolour painters of the last century, and although not appreciated by all, his works do sell for rather high prices, due to the elaborate design and nature. The paintings he produced and the design features, detail and design styles, and the unique nature of the works that he created during his career, are all reasons his work is highly sold and publicized.

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Other sources claim that Russell Flint received much of the influence for his work from France, and not Spain, as many articles claim. He enjoyed painting in the open air, and applying board washes over charcoal outlines, to give his work a unique design, texture, and appearance. When designing his work, he would initially only design the layout and the outline, leaving figures and characters out of the work. He would then, upon returning to London, create the characters, and at his own leisure time, would complete the painting with the figure of choice for the work he chose to depict in any particular background. Russell Flint was also a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy. In 1947 he was also knighted, for the services to art he had developed during the course of his career.

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In his earlier works, Sir William developed a fascination for different characters and figures which he would include in many of the watercolours he created. From ballerinas, to dancers, and acctresses, he appreciated the female form, and all the beauty that came along with it. Cecillia Green is however the model that he is most associated with, and the woman that has had the most influence on the many art pieces he had created during the course of his career in art. For the 15 years after he met her in 1953, she became a muse to all of his art work, and to the many pieces he painted, and she became one of the most widely seen figures in the many pieces he created over the years.

Regardless of the work he created, Russell Flint was very strict about the quality of the printing, and expected the highest standards for all of the works that were republished and sold. He did appeal to the masses, and he designed pieces that fell in line with what most collectors were looking for in a watercolour painting. With many pieces in print, he was one of the highest selling painters of his time, and still today, he has sold more watercolour designs than many other artists who have gone through the same type of work, due to the fact that he learned what collectors were looking for in a piece, and he designed the art work that he created around those central images and scenes that most sold.

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Russell Flint painted and continue to do work until his death in 1969. The pieces he created during the later years of his career were limited, and are some of the most desired pieces from his collections, due to the fact that there were so few in circulation, that true collectors wanted to own some of his later works. Limited edition paintings still were still being sold after his death, and today, paintings are still reproduced due to the demand by collectors who love the work and the style in which Russell Flint created his most famous pieces.

Today collectors and fans of his work can purchase highly collectable and sought after signed prints. Limited edition prints are an excellent way of enjoying the work which are produced to a very high standard, if the cost of an original watercolour is too prohibitive. Whether you are a admirer of Russell Flint and his work, a fan of watercolours, or are simply a collector who is looking for the rarest pieces, there are many pictures in the collection he has amassed during the course of his career. As one of the most well known watercolour painters, collectors of art usually own, or want to purchase one of the many pieces that has been created by Russell Flint during his illustrious career.

We have specialized in the paintings and prints by Sir William Russell Flint for over thirty years, and have on display over
500 limited edition prints, signed and unsigned; Also original watercolour paintings and red chalk drawings, for sale.
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The limited edition prints, particularly the signed, limited edition prints (ie. pre 1969) were very sought after at the publication date,
and the entire edition could be sold out within several hours of release.
There is no 'second' edition of these prints, these are the original signed, limited editions that have over the years become highly collectable and
sought after works of art, some of which are over seventy years old.

Recognized worldwide as a master of watercolour painting, Sir William Russell Flint's work enjoys the prominence of some of the finest and most experienced paintings of our time. <

We are specialists in the work of Russell Flint and have for sale hundreds of his limited editions
and a good selection of watercolours
The Dordogne has always been a favourite for Russell Flint, and he has produced many highly acclaimed works of art, close to the picturesque towns of St. Jean deCole and Brantome is La Chabroulie, www.perigeux.com.
Particularly collectable prints are those which have been personally signed and published as a limited edition.
In fact when published, the whole limited edition was often bought within hours.
These prints do not exist in any other form, there is only one limited edition signed print run, which is copyrighted, these art works are now extremely collectable
the earlier ones date back some 70 years.

His unique style has elevated Sir William and his work to the highest realms of the watercourist's world, and enjoys the respect and admiration of many fellow artists, critics and collectors alike.
World renowned David Shepherd artist is of particular importance, his work can be viewed at www.davidshepherd.com. The paintings and signed prints are an amazing expression that captures the feeling and the character of a scene. It must be mentioned that the artwork of one particulary successful artist some forty to fifty years ago has now moved into enormous prominence both artistically and financially.
The artwork of Mr Lowry continues to increase in financial value at an incredible rate and has now become of greater value than many modern masters.