The Artsy Journalist is Presenting: Painting of the Week!

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Work – Ford Madox Brown

Painting of the week this week (yep, I know it is the first week, but it definitely won’t be the last) is the very controversial painting by Madox Brown. Having read and studied this painting at several occasions before, it was a joy to finally meet it ‘face to face’ at the Pre-Raphaelites Victorian Avant-Garde exhibition, which unfortunately just closed, at Tate Britain. Seeing the painting up close, with no grotesque details hidden, and in its full-scale size, was almost breathtaking. And speaking of details, there is a lot. You think you have seen it all (or I most certainly did) after having studied it with a magnifying glass (figuratively speaking)  for a long time, but truth is, you can never see it all. Not only is Brown’s concern with details extraordinary, but what fascinates me even more is that every detail has a specific meaning to the artwork as a whole. The painting is portraying the double lives of Victorian England, both the ladies and gents in rich materials and those who worked the grounds beneath them, side by side.
All I have to say is that this is a painting worth (again, figuratively speaking) a magnifying glass – so bring yours out and have a look!  

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2 Responses to The Artsy Journalist is Presenting: Painting of the Week!

  1. kashtonbutler says:

    This is a brilliant blog and believe it or not this is one of my favourite paintings-I too was lucky enough to see it at the pre raphelite exhibition in October, it’s wonderful, so much going on.

    Have you been to the Lichtenstein exhibition at the Tate? It’s amazing!

  2. This painting is amazing. Everytime I look at it, I see something new.
    Love the painting of the week section. cant wait to see more xx

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