Tuesday, 10 May 2011
British artist Edward Burne-Jones’(1833-1898) teacher was a member of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Pre-Raphaelite artists believed that the classical poses and graceful compositions of Raphael and others had harmed art. They preferred more detail, intense colours and intricate compositions in paintings.
Burne-Jones’ was also interested in symbolism. Symbolist artists considered subjective, symbolic, and decorative purposes. Burne-Jones’ figures are well modeled and sensual. His above painting, The Golden Stairs (1880) is done with limited hues (colors). The composition is a semi circle of figures on the stairs. The women appear almost indistinguishable with their like dresses and bare feet. The golden color of the stairs is the same as the skin tone. One woman is seen gazing at viewers. Some women’s heads are surrounded by light. The light along with their bare feet make them appear like goddesses or angels.
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Posted by Arlene Babad, artist at 03:08