John Everett Millais
(8 June 1829 - 13 August 1896)
With Rossetti and Hunt, he founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. The influence of this movement was first discernible in his "Isabella" of 1849.
"Ophelia", begun in the summer of 1851, and exhibited the following year at the Royal Academy, markes the culmination of Millais' youthful period. Endowed with a virtuoso technical skill and encouraged by Ruskin, he rapidly outstripped his Brotherhood colleagues and won lasting fame. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1863, and served as President in 1896.
Millais' works never failed to elicit praise. His remarkable technique lent his canvases a unique distinction, particuarly in his last paintings, long after the exhilaration of the radiant Pre-Raphaelite period had died away. Towards the end of his life, he turned to portraiture. He was also a fine illustrator.
Millais’s subject matter embraced history and narrative painting, the ’grand manner‘ of admired predecessors such as Rembrandt or Velázquez, fancy pictures of young children (often from his own growing family), and portraits of leading figures in politics and the arts. In his later years Millais moved easily between London society and Scottish sporting estates, always committed to the accurate representation of the natural world.
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