William Holman Hunt (1827 – 1910)
William Holman Hunt one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement ( WIKIPEDIA ) , The Pre-Raphaelite intention was to reform art by rejecting what they considered to be the mechanistic approach first adopted by the Mannerist artists who succeeded Raphael and Michelangelo. They believed that the Classical poses and elegant compositions of Raphael in particular had been a corrupting influence on the academic teaching of art. After they disbanded in the 1850s Hunt was the only member to continue to pursue the concept of 'truth to nature' that had been the central aim of the brotherhood.
Hunt's paintings were notable for their great attention to detail, vivid color and elaborate symbolism. In a pamphlet of 1865 Hunt declared that "...the first ambition of the painter should be to give a delightsome aspect to all his representations. If he succeeds in this it may not be possible to find a special moral but it will be a picture...".
Here presented is a rare late work of Hunt, Courtship, watercolor, dated 1887. Owner/Location: Private collection
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More references online ( Google Art Project ) to Hunt's work and life:
Tate Britain, London Claudio and Isabella
Tate Britain, London Our English Coasts, 1852 ('Strayed Sheep')
Tate Britain, London The Awakening Conscience
Tate Britain, London The Triumph of the Innocents
-------- Other image sources online
Art Institute of Chicago
Louvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris (in French)
William Holman Hunt at CGFA
William Holman Hunt in the Artchive
William Holman Hunt in the Art Renewal Center
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
--------Art Market Auctions ( past )
Christie's Past Sale Archive
Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto One-hour audio presentation by Holman Hunt scholar Carol Jacobi, discussing the artist's life art
Books related to William Holman Hunt
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