Edward Burne-Jones retrospective
Tate Britain, London Showing until: 24 February 2019
This winter, Tate Britain presents the first major BurneJones retrospective to be held in London for over 40 years. Renowned for otherworldly depictions of beauty inspired by myth, legend and the Bible, Edward Burne-Jones (1833–98) was a pioneer of the symbolist movement and the only PreRaphaelite to achieve world-wide recognition in his lifetime. This ambitious and wide-ranging exhibition will bring together over 150 works in different media including painting, stained glass and tapestry, reasserting him as one of the most influential British artists of the 19th century.
Edward Burne-Jones will chart his rise from an outsider of British art to one of the great artists of the European fin de siècle. Burne-Jones rejected Victorian industrial ideals, offering an enchanted parallel universe inhabited by beautiful and melancholy beings. The exhibition will bring together all the major works from across his four-decade career, depicting Arthurian knights, Classical heroes and Biblical angels. Spectacular large-scale paintings like Love among
the Ruins 1870-73 and The Wheel of Fortune 1883 will show his international impact, including at the 1889 Exposition Universelle when he emerged on the world stage as the leading light of symbolist art. Two rooms will also be dedicated to the artist’s most famous narrative cycles which will be shown together for the first time.
Edward Burnes-Jones, Love Among the Ruins, 1870. Private Collection