Friday, June 22, 2007

Art Blogging: Ford Madox Brown

Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893) was a British Pre-Raphaelite painter and designer. He was born in Calais and educated throughout the Low Countries. Brown was heavily influenced by Northern Renaissance Dutch painter Hans Holbein the Elder. In Britain, his works were rejected from Academy exhibition, but Brown gradually associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement, although he never became a member of the Brotherhood. He was an early tutor of Rossetti. Brown's perfectionistic approach to work prevented him from creating a substantial portfolio, and his cantankerous personality won him few friends, but his extant works are now highly regarded by art historians.

Jesus Washing Peter's Feet at the Last Supper (1865, oil on canvas, at the Tate).

Elijah Restoring the Widow's Son (1868, watercolor).

Pretty Baa-Lambs (1851-1859, oil on panel, Bimingham Museum of Art, UK).

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