Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Essay

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In the middle of the 19th century there was a formation of a group of radical young artists who called themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood .They were an early example of the artistic avant-garde painters who rejected the ideas of their time. They created a short artistic movement which has been at the same time criticized and supported by different other artists . Even if their association didn't last long they still left a mark on the world and have had a great influence on later artists and movements and still do today. This is why we can wonder how the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood imposed its view of art. To do so, we are first of all going to explain why those painters rejected the art of their time and chose to create a new way of working. Then we will develop the two phases in which the movement lived and finally we will show that the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood has been and is still a quite influential movement . The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was created during of the Victorian era and the context of the period had an influence on their art because since it took place not long after the industrial revolution, so the life style, the culture and many other things were changing. Consequently the art had changed as well and this was what the Pre-Raphaelite painters rejected: the art that had changed and was now exposed in galleries and taught at the Royal Art Academy where William Hunt and John Millais were studying. The two students contested the teaching they were getting from the academy, they considered this art as uninspired and artificial because the though the artists' intentions were not honest and in their opinion those paintings looked vulgar. This way they were blocked in this vision of art they refused to embrace , it was an impasse as well because the artists of the time painted for people's commands so it wasn't a free expression of their
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