About the Pre-Raphaelites. Edmund Blair-Leighton
Pre-Raphaelism is a trend in English poetry and painting in the second half of the 19th century. These were artists who defied the conventions of official English academic painting. Crazy and wildly talented, romantic and cocky. They adored their red-haired girlfriends and roses.
The Pre-Raphaelite movement drew inspiration from the simplicity and sincerity of early Italian art before Raphael Santi. Therefore, their name is the Pre-Raphaelites.
It is best to tell about the Pre-Raphaelites using the example of the work of the artist Edmund Blair-Leighton. Edmund glorified the romantic Middle Ages. The Middle Ages of courtly romances and knightly ballads. Magic, full of heroic legends and traditions.
There were antiques in Edmund’s workshop. He studied the type of armor, furniture, clothing, household items. Like all Pre-Raphaelites, he painted things and people, in principle, only from nature. Contrary to the academic art of that time, which sinned with formalism and convention. This attention to detail and love for nature makes his paintings very much alive. It seems that you can smell the scent of fresh roses on the balcony of the young princess. The breath of the sea breeze, which ruffles the curls of the baby, who, together with his mother, says goodbye to his father. Clear, full of light, air and warm colors, beautiful people, Leighton’s paintings will forever remain in the memory.