Imagination, Once upon a Time......John Kennedy

   This Gallery presents ten paintings by artists that represent the Pre-Raphaelite school of thought. The Pre-Raphaelites were Victorian artists, poets, and illustrators that rejected the Mannerist approach to art; that is, artists that followed the examples of Raphael, the dominant school of thought at that time. Simply put, the Pre-Raphaelites basically thought that Raphael’s influence on the teachings of art was bad. They sought to change that, and went their own way to create art influenced by artists from before Raphael. It all began with three friends, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti meeting, to discuss art and new ideas, and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was formed in 1848. Other artists saw what they were doing and liked what they saw and joined the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Their influences were nature, romanticism, and medieval culture blended with realism. They had a code in the beginning and it went something like this: first, “To have genuine ideas to express. Second, to study nature attentively, so as to know how to express them. Third, to sympathize with what is direct and heartfelt in previous art, to the exclusion of what is conventional and self-parodying and learned by rote. Finally, most indispensable of all, to produce thoroughly good pictures and statues" ("Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood," 2016). Within this Gallery, you will see work by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, and Henry Wallis.                                                                                                          Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. (2016, April 30). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:03, May 25, 2016, from

Sir John Everett Millais, Mariana Oil on Wood (Mahogany), w 495x h 597mm 1851 You can clearly see the emphasis to detail and his application of bright vivid colors that he used to create this brilliant painting; From the leaves on the trees you see through the stained glass window, to the mouse on the floor as well as the few leaves on top of her tapestry that she has been working on.
Sir John Everett Millais Ophelia Oil on canvas w 118 x h 762 mm From Shakespeare's Hamlet. Here Millais shows Pre-Raphaelite style with the emphasis on bright vivid colors and details in nature. Greif-struck Ophelia lies in the pool of water, eyes slightly opened, red lips parted, trancelike in nature, hands held up holding flowers she was picking when she fell in the water. The details of her embroidered dress fanned out in the green-brown water as she slowly sinks to her death.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti Oil on Canvas w35 x h 43 mm 1872 Rossetti, in using proportion and color balance has created a captivating work of art. With the details and tones of her lush velvet dress, you can almost feel the fabric. With playing with the string instrument on the wall, her head is poised back as if she is thinking of another time. The red of her lips and her auburn hair in a fashionable bun completes the stunning composition.
William Holman Hunt Our English Coast (Strayed Sheep) 1852 In this natural setting rich in bright colors and detailed texture. Hunt brings in all the elements of the Pre-Raphaelite approach to painting. The mood of the painting is peaceful and playful at the same time. Tranquillity comes to mind when looking at this composition.
Henry Wallis The Death of Chatterton 1856 oil on canvas 24.5 x36.25 inches Chatterton was an unsuccessful poet who kills himself. Wallis paints this sad tale and takes you into another realm. Simply amazing is the phrase that comes to mind. With vivid colors, an eye for detail and balanced composition. A good use of line and space to help with balance. A visual delight for the senses.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti ii Ramoscello 1865 47.6x39.4cm Oil on Canvas Rossetti uses earth tones to create this composition. He paints with a soft use of tans and browns with forest green background and in doing so compliments her light green dress and auburn hair pulled back and held in place with an ornamental hair tie. All elements working together to create balance, with her green eyes and red lips the harmony is established.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti Water Willow 1871 Oil on Canvas 13x10.5 in. For this Portrait of Jane Morris Rossetti chooses earth tones to paint with and create his naturalistic setting, using colors of green, tan, brown, white and blue to compliment her fair skin tone, green eyes, and red lips. The green leafy willow branch she is holding adds a botanical element to the finished composition.
Sir John Evert Millais Ducklings 1889 Oil on Canvas W 760 x 1217 mm Proportion plays a key element in this portrait of this little girl. Ducks are in the foreground and shadowy darkness in the background. The light source coming from the front right corner helps to guide your attention through the composition and bringing emphasis to the little girl with red hair standing in the center. The details of her green- brown shoes, green leggings, and pretty green white and gold dress, holding a piece of paper, captivates your attention and brings questions to your mind.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti The Day Dream 1880 Oil on Canvas h 158.7 x w92.7 cm Portrait of Jane Morris seated in what looks like a garden. Wearing a vivid green dress,one hand resting on the open book in her lap, a branch of honeysuckle in the other gazing off into her day dream. I think the emphasis is being placed on foliage around her and the detail of the foliage offsets and compliments her green dress. All these elements help to create the harmony in the finished work.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti Found 1853-1869 Oil on canvas W. 319.375 x h. 36.25 In this painting, we see a drama unfolding. The detail in this unfinished painting by Rossetti catches the viewers interest. The variety of elements that are expressed in this composition such as the pattern, which you can clearly see on the girls dress, or, the netting covering the sheep in the cart. Along with the use of bright and neutral color tones to create this work in progress, until his death in 1882.
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