Avant-Garde: The Pre-Raphaelites

Charles Baudelaire

“Artists should look at the reality and brutality of modern life in all its colour, nature with all its imperfections – that should be the challenge to the modern painter not the didactic idealization of the past. The new generation should forge a new path.”

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Ford Madox Brown, Work, 1852-1863, oil on canvas, 137 x 197.3 cm, Manchester City Art Galleries. © Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB), founded by John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an artistic group that responded to modernity in England, especially the rapid urbanisation of suburbs and outskirts in 1850’s London. The PRP was original in that their works were not light-hearted or anecdotal compared to other subjects at exhibitions. Many artists portrayed contemporary life in the countryside where the effect of industrialization was less dramatic and impactful. Continue reading →

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