Philip Burne Jones (1861 – 1926) was a British painter of some prestige at the time, as he had important exhibitions in his Englandhometown, but also in Paris and even in United States.
His work was especially notable for the portraits he made of the we althy people and personalities of his time, such as his own father, the painterEdward Burne Jones, author of de works ofPre-Raphaelite stylesuch as The Sinister Head. In fact, several effigies out of his brushes hang in theNational Portrait Gallery in London, not to mention the painting he did for another relative of his, the writer Rudyard Kipling.
The Vampire by Philip Burne Jones
However, the work that Philip Burne Jones has handed down to posterity is the one we see here: The Vampire. A painting that he successfully exhibited in 1897 and that was later reproduced in various publications. And it is said that he also inspiredKiplinghimself for his poem of the same name. By the way, you have to take into account the theme of the work to relate it to one of the most famous fantasy novels of all time, Dracula, which published Bram Stoker a few years later.
The quality of Philip Burne Jones's painting, and in general of all the art in general, is evident, but it is undeniable that he always felt undervalued due to theshadow generated by the prestige of his father. And even the fame that this painting gave him was closely linked to the pink press.
It is said that to paint this femme fatale he was inspired by an actress, Patrick Campbell. With her he lived a time of romance, but the woman of enormous beauty ended up abandoning him, so that he was devastated. That pain and the supposed bad behavior of the girl is what seems to capture in this image. The woman is over the man, she has broken his heart, emptied it and ruined it
By relating the idyll and breakup between the artist and the actress, the image gained enormous fame. It even came to the United States. This relationship became so popular that Porter Emerson Browne even wrote a play inspired by that story. And that story from 1907 ended up becoming the script for a movie, an incipient art at the beginning of the 20th century, which was going to create an authentic prototype of a “man-eating” woman. A type of woman, beautiful, irresistible and perverse, that even today we call a vampire, a name that is undoubtedly due in large part to this painting by Philip Burne Jones.