Our Next Talk – One Week To Go

Our next talk will be on 15th October, when Geoffrey Kay will present “Death, Sex and Drugs” – the story of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

In 1848, as revolutions swept continental Europe and an uprising for social reform (Chartism) unsettled Britain, seven rebellious young artists in London formed a secret society with the aim of creating a new British art, calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood’s early doctrines were expressed in four declarations:

 

  • To have genuine ideas to express;
  • To study Nature attentively, so as to know how to express them;
  • To sympathise with what is direct and serious and heartfelt in previous art, to the exclusion of what is conventional and self-parodying and learned by rote; and
  • To produce thoroughly good pictures and statues.

 

The Pre-Raphaelites created art that is known for its brilliance and vividness of color. They achieved this by painting white backgrounds that they would later paint over in thin layers of oil paint. Their work was meticulous and their subject matter drew inspiration from myths, legends, Shakespeare, Keats, and lovely long haired damsels that we now equate with Victorian beauty – please see the slideshow of what are generally held to be the ‘top five’ pre raphaelite paintings.

We hope to see many of you for what is going to be a wonderful story.

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2 Responses to “Our Next Talk – One Week To Go”

  1. Margaret Rawles Says:

    Hope to be there, thanks. Margaret R.

    Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 at 9:37 AM From: "Little Waldingfield History Society" <comment-reply@wordpress.com> To: mg21@gmx.com Subject: [New post] Our Next Talk – One Week To Go

    sheppardandy posted: "

    Our next talk will be on 15th October, when Geoffrey Kay will present “Death, Sex and Drugs” – the story of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

    In 1848, as revolutions swept continental Europe and an uprising for social reform (Chartism) unsettled Brit"

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