Beautiful paintings, devoid of narrative, symbols, or meaning. They represent the height of the Aesthetic movement: ‘pure’ art.
From his first painting of the Glacier of Rosenlaui in 1856, Brett made pure landscapes in Pre-Raphaelite style – stunning in their detail.
How did one of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood come to paint this clothed Andromeda, waiting to drown in the Solway Firth?
Reviled through the twentieth century, in his day he was one of the most eminent British artists. Is he due a revival?
His early paintings were narrative and highly original. From the 1870s they changed, becoming more Aesthetic.
His later paintings became weaker in narrative to the point where some seemed almost trite. What was he up to?
His later paintings, after 1858, are quite different from those he made when a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. How?
Several Pre-Raphaelites painted this character from a Shakespeare comedy, but as a symbol of despondent isolation. Why?
Taught by Watts, a friend of Rossetti and Frederic, Lord Leighton, his paintings were popular, successful, and well known. Until the early 20th century.
Towards the end of his career, he campaigned for students at the Royal Academy Schools to have proper life classes with nude models. And a nude got him into trouble.