Thanks to the recent 100 Masters Show at the Winnipeg Art Gallery I’ve been published in the newsletter of the American Pre-Raphaelite Art Society. I’ll admit it. I didn’t know what pre-Raphaelite art was until I got a letter from Tim McGee, the newsletter editor. He wanted to reprint a blog post I’d written about Edward Bourne Jones’ portrait of Caroline Fitzgerald.
I fell in love with Caroline’s portrait during the 100 Masters Show held in celebration of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s 100th birthday. I decided to do some research to find out more about Caroline and I discovered lots of interesting things about her life which I included in my blog post called Marrying an Heiress- Gilded Prostitution. I was curious why the Pre-Raphaelite Society was printing my piece about Caroline. What exactly was the pre-raphaelite movement all about?
I discovered they were a group of artists and poets founded in 1849. Their main objective was to reject dramatic, artificial painting styles and create more genuine, humble representations of their subjects. They painted brightly-coloured, evenly-lit scenes with a particular emphasis on romanticism, elaborate detail, medieval history, symbolism, and nature.
Some of the well-known artists who participated in the Pre-Raphaelite movement were Rossetti, Holman Hunt, Millais, Morris and Edward Bourne Jones. There is a flourishing internatonal society which studies and promotes the work of the Pre-Raphaelite artists. They host lectures and publish a magazine three times a year. Their American branch has a newsletter all its own. I am thrilled to have my story about Caroline Fitzgerald on page 3 in the current issue of that newsletter.
Other posts about the 100 Masters……….