Sunday, February 15, 2015

At Tate Britain (between shows)

It's a bit of a null period at Tate Britain between exhibitions, this gave me a chance to take a look at some areas that don't always get the attention from me that they warrant.

The period of time that took my fancy was later Victoriana/turn of the century (typically described as Pre Raphaelites)and the artists that were influenced by a resurgence in the Romantic and the way Tate Britain displays works makes clear what an amazing period there was around 1890  .

I was particularly inclined towards Edward Coley Burne-Jones, The Golden Stairs standing out  also with its lovely fine detail was William Logsdail's St Martin in the Fields(1888) and Frederic Leighton's luscious The Bath of Psyche (1890) -what was it that made this flowering of narrative works at this time?

Stand-out pieces though were the genuinely fantastic The Lady of Shallot by John William Waterhouse (again 1888) and the somewhat earlier Ophelia by John Everett  Millais (1851)
The Splendid Tate Britain Millbank London


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