Today I thought we might look at an art movement from the 19th Century. The Pre-Raphaelites were a group of English artists that painted during that time, I am going to cut and paste some information from Wikipedia, and will put some links at the end of the post.
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (also known as the Pre-Raphaelites) was a group of English painters, poets, and critics, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The three founders were joined by William Michael Rossetti, James Collinson, Frederic George Stephens and Thomas Woolner to form the seven-member “brotherhood”.
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded in John Millais’s parents’ house on Gower Street, London in 1848. At the first meeting, the painters John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and William Holman Hunt were present. Hunt and Millais were students at theRoyal Academy of Arts and had met in another loose association, the Cyclographic Club, a sketching society. At his own request Rossetti became a pupil of Ford Madox Brown in 1848. At that date, Rossetti and Hunt shared lodgings in Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, Central London. Hunt had started painting The Eve of St. Agnes based on Keats’s poem of the same name, but it was not completed until 1867.
The reason, I am showing this today is because just recently I have had a few people saying that the work I have been doing is similar to the pre-raphaelite painters, and I thought it would be interesting to take a look at them.
One of the first things I noticed was the sense of drama in the images. Anyone who follows me knows that I love drama in my images. I have been watching some things on creativeLIVE and Brooke Shaden was saying if you had to have one word that described your work what would it be, and I know for me it would be drama.
I do have to admit that this movement is not one I was familiar with, I have studied many, but not the pre-raphaelites. It has been interesting to learn about new artists and new paintings. I can see how some think my work is similar.
One of the original artists, John Everett-Millais is perhaps, for me the best out of those who formed the movement. I really like the way he painted. Another thing that seems to be very common in many of these images is the red hair of the models. Both my daughters have red hair, which they don’t like, and I love. I really would like to do more images with them and their red hair, just need to find a way to convince them.
Recently when I was watching Jennifer Hudson on creativeLIVE she spoke about this painting by John William Waterhouse as one that is very inspirational to her. I also love this image, and I love the pose. I really like many of this artists paintings, and if I was going to study any of these closely, it would be Waterhouse. Now, he isn’t part of the original brotherhood, and it is said that he paints in the style of the pre-raphaelites, so does that mean I photograph in this style?
There can be so much learned from looking at the paintings. I don’t want to copy them, but I can learn a lot from looking at them and studying things such as the poses, the costumes and the point of view. Though, I don’t want to look at them too much, I need to find my own style.
In general, I am trying not to look too much at other photographers and artists right now. I find it can be soul destroying, and I need to concentrate on what I am doing right now. Though, I really only mean those artists who work in a similar style to me. I still lack the confidence in my own work, and I need to overcome that first.
I am going to put together a gallery of some of the images from this movement that I like, and I hope you like them as well. I will put some links to some of the pages I used. Interesting also, to note, that all images are in the public domain, which is very nice. If you like this sort of post, I might have to do some more similar ones.