A Victorian Obsession: The Pérez Simón collection at Leighton House Museum

Ferederic_Leighton_-_Crenaia,_the_nymph_of_the_Dargle;_1880The Pérez Simón collection is running until 29th March and looks utterly fascinating.

The paintings are owned by Juan Antonio Pérez Simón, who was born in Spain but brought up in Mexico owns owned in excess of 3,000 paintings including works by Goya, El Greco, Dalí, Rubens, Van Gogh and Monet. He has some truly remarkable pieces.

On the left is the beautiful Nymph of the Dargle by Crenaia from 1880. This is the first time I have seen it. Dorothy Dene is naked apart from a length of transparent white gauze she is both stunning and wonderful.

This and others are on display at the Leighton House Museum, 18 Stafford Terrace, London W8 7BH.