"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent Van Gogh

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Artistic Inspiration... William Holman Hunt

Above is the work of William Holman Hunt, yet another of our original organizers of the pre-raphaelite brotherhood. The Pre-Ralph's were objecting to what they felt was a stale, boring, formula-driven mode of art education at the Royal academy at the time. Their drive was to go back to realism and and art that was more true to nature.

If you are interested in learning more about the brotherhood there is a BBC mini-series available called "Desperate Romantics". Honestly, it didn't hold my attention as I thought it would. Sometimes artist movies get caught up in their lifestyles more than the formation of their art... which is the part that I enjoy.

Anyway, back to good old William Holman Hunt. Seems he has his own secrets. Check out this article about him changing the face of his painting from his former wife to his current lover. Have to love the passion of an artist!

Yesterday I spoke a bit about the account of Ophelia, Lizzie Siddall in the bathtub. Here is a small snippet from "Desperate Romantics".

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