John Everett Millais

Jason Rosenfeld
Published by Phaidon

A revelatory new monograph of the brilliant Pre-Raphaelite artist.

‘Admirably thorough, carefully researched … Reproductions are of good quality and comfortably placed in the text. Generous margins make it easy to read. Its six chapters track this immensely gifted, entirely Victorian, artist from his precocious youth to his death at sixty-seven in 1896.’

  1. The Burlington Magazine

John Everett Millais (1829–1896) was one of the most significant English painters of the 19th century, successful and respected during his career and equally well known today.

In 1848, along with William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Millais was catapulted in to the artistic limelight due to his participation in the formation of the radical Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Gathering great notoriety as a group for their committed reworking of the European tradition, the paintings produced by the young Millais during this period received substantial critical interest and public attention. They include Isabella (1849), Christ in the House of His Parents (1850) and Ophelia (1851-2); compositions which are recognised today as some of the most ambitious and beautiful paintings produced in Britain in the 19th century.

However, art historians have traditionally distinguished between the early promise of Millais’s Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and the perceived commercial and traditionalist orientation of his later works, including his portrait and landscape paintings. With insightful analysis, the author of this lavishly illustrated and finely written volume demonstrates that far from ‘selling out’, Millais’s later paintings showed that he continued to work with great technical skill and that his ambition was undiminished.

‘Sumptuous … A feast of glowing images and a wealth of information about the man himself.’

  1. Daily Mail

Published by Phaidon

256 pages
200 illustrations
290mm x 250mm

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