Edward Burne-Jones

1833 - 1898

country: England

Burne-Jones is an English painter, master of drawing and decorative and applied arts. He was born in Birmingham on the 28th of August, 1833 in a small family of a carpenter and frame-maker. He belonged to an earlier generation of the Pre-Raphaelites. Burne-Jones stylized the forms of his works in keeping with Italian painting of the XV century tending to spirituality and na?ve poetry revival of medieval and early Renaissance art. Since 1853 Burne-Jones had been studying at the faculty of theology in Exeter College of Oxford, but his craving for painting was stronger than this and since 1856 he attended the atelier of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Between 1859 and 1873 he made several trips to Italy, which made it easier for him to better understand the works of Mantegna, Botticelli and Michelangelo. Since those times the signs of these new tendencies were seen in the style of the painter. This in the long run brought him fame and knighthood given to the painter as a discoverer of a new epoch in art.

In 1864 he was chosen a member of The Old Association of Watercolorists. In 1877 the painter exhibited his works in the Grosvenor gallery for the first time and became a permanent member of their salons till 1887. Burne-JonesТs fame grew and extended far beyond England.

During the reign of Queen Victoria British people began to think more about the imperial role of their country. An interest grew towards antique literature and the history of Ancient Greece and Rome, as well as towards the legendary past of Great Britain itself. Edward Burne-Jones became the master of both antique and medieval scenes, as he created works similar to the УPygmalionФ series and УKing Cophetua and the Beggar MaidФ in which an educational aspect was vivid conveying superiority of nobility above earthy riches. In 1882 together with Frederic Leighton Burne-Jones represented England at International exhibition in Paris. In 1885 Edward Burne-Jones was chosen an associated member of the Royal Academy of Arts.

In 1894 Burne-Jones got the title of baronet. Fame came to him together with many awards. The last years of his life were dedicated to great works on literature themes.