Were the Pre-Raphaelites the first ‘modern’ British artists?
They looked back to the past and yet their work was incredibly forward thinking.
The avant-garde group of Royal Academy students rebelled against everything they had been taught: rejecting Raphael and instead turning to early Renaissance and Flemish art for inspiration. They developed new and innovative ways of working; painting outdoors using bright, modern colours, and with a distinctive attention to detail.
The group’s personal lives were equally fascinating; full of scandals, opiate overdoses and affairs!
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