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08 November 2018Edward-Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelite Legacy

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Edward-Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelite Legacy Alan Read Thursday 08 November 2018

Edward Bune-Jones embodies many of the principles of the Pre-Raphaelites though he was not one of the original seven members.  This lecture examines the life and career of Burne-Jones from humble beginnings in Birmingham to the title of baronet and a memorial service in Westminster Abbey.  It considers the work of this great Victorian artist and his achievements in painting and applied art.  Often referred to as a member of the ‘Second Generation Pre-Raphaelites’, this lecture argues that Burne-Jones was actually the most complete Pre-Raphaelite and was responsible for the movement bearing fruit and maturing into the Aesthetic Movement and Symbolism which dominated European art at the end of the nineteenth century.  Rather than the Last of the Pre-Raphaelites (as he has been called) perhaps Burne-Jones should be recognised as the First of the Moderns.