Biography (1833 - 1898)

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Edward Burne-Jones ~ Biography

Painter (1833 - 98)

Sir Edward Burne-Jones was one of the painters in the circle round William Morris and Rossetti, by whom he was greatly influenced. He travelled in Italy in 1859, and was in Milan and Venice in 1862 with Ruskin, for whom he copied works by Tintoretto: he himself had considerable influence on Italian painters of the turn of the century, mainly through his decorations (including mosaics) in S.Paolo entro le Mura, Rome.

He produced many designs for William Morris's firm for tapestries and stained glass (e.g. St Martin's, Brampton, Cumbria, or Middleton Cheney church, Northants, which also has glass by Morris and F.M.Brown). These and his paintings evoke a dreamy, romantic, literary never-never land of Botticelli and Mantegna, executed in a flat technique, colour and style aptly described in a Gilbert and Sullivan opera as 'greenery-yallery Grosvenor Gallery'.

He was made a baronet in 1894.

There is a large of his works in his native Birmingham (inckuding four of Pygmalion), and a room, including the Perseus series, in Stuttgart. Other works are in Cardiff, London (Tate), Sarsota Fla and Yale (CBA), as well as many English provincial museums).

Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)

Edward Burne-Jones ~ Trivia

Source: Victorian Painting. Book, 2003. Probaly the most beautifully presented book on art I have ever seen. A treasure, a marvel, a triumph of printed matter. Everyone who loves Victorian painting should have a copy - it is that good.

In 1869, the Art Journal condemned his work as 'supremely disagreeable', 'studiously offensive', and the product of 'a diseased imagination'. His response was to cease to exhibit his work until the Grosvenor Gallery opened in 1877.

Two earnest young men who had both intended to go into the Church and would become lifeling friends were William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones.

Designed mosaics in the American Church of St. Paul's Within-the-Walls in the Via Nazionale, Rome between 1872 and 1876. It was the most extensive ecclesiastical decoration completed in the city in the nineteenth century.

The legendary story of King Arthur of Avalon and the Knights of the Round Table was a favourite theme of his.

He decorated a wardrobe (!858 - 9) with a story from Chaucer as a wedding present for William Morris. William and his wife Jane moved into the Red House at Bexley in the Kentish countryside - a large house designed for them by the architect Philip Webb.

Marie Stillman posed for Burne-Jones.

Influenced Evelyn de Morgan (nee Pickering) and Robert Bateman.

Fernand Khnopff was a great admirer of Burne-Jones.

He partially completed Found after Rossetti's death.

Along with Rossetti, he boycotted displaying his works at the Royal Academy.

In 1864, made his debut at the Old Water Colour Society. In 1867 he exhibited Cupid Delivering Psyche there.

Had a well-publicized affair with the beautiful Greek girl, Maria Zamaco.

John Melhuish Strudwick (1849 - 1937) was his assistant for a time.

He exhibited Laus Veneris at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1878. That is now in the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

In later years went into the design of stained-glass windows. Works included The Golden Stairs.

He was working on The Car of Love when he died. That is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

His series of paintings The Legend of the Briar Rose were produced between 1870 and 1890. The series was first shown in London's West End at Agnew's in 1890, and in 1891 in the East End at Toynbee Hall, Whitechapel. Today the paintings are built into the walls at Buscot Park, a National Trust house near Newbury.

The impossibly huge The Sleep of King Arthur in Avalon (1881 - 98) is so big at 2.8 x 6.4m it is almost as long and tall as a bus. Legend ordained it to reside at Glastonbury but is actually at the Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico. It is so big that it will neave leave the Caribbean.

Further Reading: Victorian Painting [Book, 2003]

Edward Burne-Jones ~ Gallery

The key works in the career of this painter who is universally acknowledged as the last Pre Raphaelite. He was four or five younger than Rossetti, Holma Hunt and Millais. I always think of Waterhouse to be the last Pre Raphaelite but, technically, he was just too young to be a member of the group being 15 to 20 years younger than the rest of the group.

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