Sir Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton of Stretton, was a British painter, sculptor, and draftsman, who lived and worked in Victorian England during the 19th century. His most famous work, "Flaming June," was completed in 1895.
The painting portrays a sleeping figure in a deep, red cloak wrapped around her body. Her face is hidden from view, but her gracefully posed arms, delicate hands, and a hint of her profile allude to her identity. She is painted in a warm and vibrant palette, with soft hues of red, yellow, and orange that suggest warmth, energy, and the light of a setting sun.
Leighton had been inspired by his travels in Italy and the French Riviera, and this painting was his way of expressing his admiration of the Mediterranean light. He had originally intended to include the figure of Eos, the Greek goddess of dawn, awakening the figure of Love, but instead he decided to leave it more ambiguous and open to interpretation.
When the painting was first exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in London, it was an immediate success. The painting continues to be celebrated today as one of Leighton's finest works. It has been featured in several movies, and Leighton's original version of the painting is now permanently housed at the Tate Britain in London.