Come September 12, 2012 a very special exhibition will be staged at the Tate Britain in London, England. The Pre-Raphaelite Victorian Avant-Garde will be a splendid affair and one that nobody should miss.
The Tate Britain normally has quite a lot of Pre-Raphaelite art on display in the confines of its museum. So what makes this exhibition so special then? Well, for one thing, this exhibition will not only display art that is not normally shown, but it will also show art that would have been considered quite shocking to the Victorian audience that it had originally been intended for. And then there will be very quirky things at this exhibition, such as the very bed that William Morris himself slept on.
Alison Smith, curator at the Tate, said, “The Pre-Raphaelites were the first artists to take their canvases outdoors and on location. They shocked the critics but entranced audiences and won commercial and industrial patrons.”
This exhibition will feature over 150 different Pre-Raphaelite works which will include not just paintings and beds, but also photography and sculpture. If it’s anything like the Pre-Raphaelite photography that I was lucky enough to see last year in Paris at the Musee d’Orsay or the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, art lovers are in for a very special treat indeed.
Some of the art that isn’t normally displayed will include Work by Ford Madox Brown which was a painting that he finished in 1865 of a tiny street called The Mount which is found right off Heath Street in Hampstead, a street I’ve walked down only to marvel at how everything from the brick wall to the lights and trees are still exactly the same as they were in Brown’s painting. This will surely be an exciting painting for myself and others to see.
Also being shown will be Edward Burne-Jones’ The Prioress’s Tale, John Everett Millais’s Ferdinand Lured by Ariel and William Holman Hunts’ The Lady of Shallot.
Whether you’re in London or not this September, there’s plenty of time for people to fly into town to visit what should be an absolutely brilliant exhibition that will running until January 13, 2013.