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1833 - 1898 Pre-Raphaelite member Honers Art History

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Sir Edward Burne Jones

1833- 1898

Honers Art History 

Gretchen Lewis 

This booklet is on Sir Edward Burne Jones, I chose this artist because his artwork never made we question what I was looking at. I loved the colors and the religious standpoint he came from. This project was fun to make because I got to explore more about Sir Edward Burne Jones and it made me feel like I was walking through his studio watching him paint.  In the book I’m telling how he got to where he was in his life when he died, and why he chose art over what he went to college for. There are six different pieces of his work that will no doubt disappoint you.  There are also two paintings that are being analyzed. I hope you get as excited as I did when reading this. 

Sir Edward Burne Jones was born on August 28, 1833 in Birmingham, England. Growing up was hard for him because his family went through some tough financial times. Even though times were rough he was still sent off the Oxford University. This is where he tried to study and train for priesthood, He had so much of an interest in art, he ended up leaving Oxford in 1856 without a degree and went to London.  His main inspirations were Dante Gabriel, William Morris, and Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Once he got settled he married Gregoriana Jones and they had two kids, a son, Philip Burne and a daughter Margaret Jones. 

Sir Edward Burne Jones did a lot of stained glass, he used bright colors in his work. The work puts off the appearance that he is a religious man, because he used the virgin Mary and he used angles a lot. He worked in a group with John William Waterhouse, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, John Everett Millais, and thirty seven others called Pre-Raphaelite. This is a group that is not just artest, it is also critics and  poets. The Pre-Raphaelite was started in the 1860’s, this group was just a group of artist, poets, and critics who got together and did what they did best. 

The Mirror of Venus, it was pained in 1875. This artwork is engraving on vellum. I personally think it is very interesting, because the woman in lavender is the only one standing and the others are working.

Hope was pained in 1896.This painting was originally for a dancing room but he made it for a death of a friend, so the painting end up going to the commissions of George Marston Whitin. 

An Angel Playing a flageolet, it was painted 1878. This is one of my personal favorites because the bright colors as well as the religious point of view. This is located the Stanley House in Liverpool England. 

The painting of Atlas Turned to stone was painted in 1882. This is a unique painting because it looks like a real photograph of Atlas holding the stone. 


The Lament was painted in 1866. The painting is significant because the man is praying with with the woman, and they are sitting in a garden. 

The Morning of the Resurrection was painted in 1882. It is in neutral colors, I like the white and the grays. This picture in look like its not real because of the expressions and the paleness of the faces. 

The Arming and Departure of the Knights interest me because it shows how the Knights were honored as they left to protect the kingdome. It also shows many people gathering to send them off. The style of this is interesting as well because my eye can not pick a specific place, it’s almost too busy. I think the intention of this work is to show how special the Knights where and how they had many people supporting them. 

The Death of Medusa draws my eye because of the darkness and the way the Angles are coming down and pointing at the non angle. This picture shows a story and I think it means that the angles are coming down to the sinner. The style is more of a circular brush work and the strokes coming down to draw the eye down.