The first picture I ever saw up close by a Pre-Raphaelite painter was this one................
When I was confimed, I was given this as a picture in a frame. At that age I had no idea who or what it was or what it represented but it wasn't until I was doing my classes that I learned all about the artist Holman Hunt, and the story around it.
''Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me''.
Religion and literature played a huge part in the painter's choice of what they painted. However they also painted social issues as well. The Light of the World is meant to be viewed next to this painting............
The young woman here could be responding to that image, her conscience pricked by something outside of herself. She is meant to be the mistress of the man holding her back. Much of the imagery in the painting denotes her fallen status and her position in society.
Many places have Pre-Raphaelite paintings and also design and furniture. William Morris was a Pre-Raphaelite painter before he designed beautiful textiles and ceramics. Many churches have stained glass windows designed by the painters. I was lucky enough to go to an exhibition several years ago by one of our greatest lovers of this group Andrew Lloyd Webber. The exhibit was amazing. To see so many paintings, and pieces from one man's colllection all in one place was truly inspiring. If you ever get the chance to go and see any of their paintings or other works I can assure you you won't regret it.
I may make this a regular series on artists I love as there are a few. I may even throw in the odd bit of poetry, not my own I might add.
Who are your favourites and would a little series be interesting to you?