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!
The Artsy JournalistThe expected and the unexpected news from the London art scene
About meBeing the art geek that I am, moving to London proved to be the perfect opportunity to explore what the big city had to offer. Running from exhibition to exhibition whilest admiring and criticizing one artist after the other, this blog shares some of my thoughts and findings with whoever's out there with a little art in their heart. To tell the story short, I am a 20-year-old English Literature and Journalism student at Kingston University. Being originally Norwegian, I escaped to other shores a few years ago to try my luck and go on my life's adventure. Coming from a small town where art is non-existent (so to speak), London is my Mecca and fuels my everyday need with its cultural, vibrant and exciting art world. The only thing left to say is - The Artsy Journalist is ready to report.
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