Dig it : Pre-Raphaelite babes

I was watching a documentary hosted by Andrew Lloyd Weber, who looks like he could be toad of Toad hall, the documentary was about Pre-Raphaelite painters and it was beautiful. I can’t believe it took me this many years to discover this style, because I can now see this movements influence in everything that’s happening in fashion right now. It’s such an indulgent-teenaged-girls-wet-dream style, reminds me of candles, tarot cards and diaries. Although I can see the tackiness and predictability in it, I dig it.

John Williams Waterhouse, ‘Hylas and the Nymphs’ 1896

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, ‘Lady Lilith’ 1872

Albert Joseph Moore, ‘Dreamers’ 1882

John Everett Millais, ‘Ophelia’ 1852

John Everett Millais, ‘Ophelia’ 1852

John William Waterhouse, ‘Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May’ 1909

John William Waterhouse, ‘The Lady of Shalott’ 1888

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, ‘A Sea Spell’ 1877

John William Godward, ‘Reverie’

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, ‘Venus Verticordia’ 1868

John Collier, ‘Lady Godiva’ 1898

John William Waterhouse, ‘Ophelia’ 1889

John William Waterhouse, ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ 1893


7 thoughts on “Dig it : Pre-Raphaelite babes

  1. Pingback: Dig it : Pre-Raphaelite babes « Leta Blake

  2. Glad you’ve discovered the Pre Raphaelites. I agree with you about Lord Lloyd Webber but I think that this particular school of painting and design has a little more to offer than its apparent similarity to a teenage girl’s wet dream, which is a comparison that I can neither vouch for nor deny:)

    • haha you’re definitely right. I guess I was sort of referencing this quote from The Guardian : “Few dead white male artists are as popular as Rossetti and co, despite a near total condemnation by modern critics. Even a senior curator at Tate Britain recently expressed to me his dislike of these artists – but what can Tate Britain do? As he said, if they don’t show the pre-Raphaelites they get complaints from “teenage girls”.
      I’d be at the front of the rally ‘whadda we want? : more dreamy pre raphaelite exhibitions. when do we want it? : whenever would be convenient for the gallery’ (manners get you everywhere).

  3. These are lovely, of course, and reminiscent of the whole romantic Victorian mind-set that included faux castles and ruins and a wish for, if not a belief in, things that were fantastical and otherworldly. This vision is probably best represented by science fiction today. I was first introduced to the American parallel of these with illustrations by Wyeth for Robin Hood and other period tales in a series of old books given to me dating from the early twentieth century. These worlds can only exist within the brain matter of humans, a kind of dream state. They are evocative and beautiful.

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