Thursday, November 5, 2009

Freebies- John Everett Millais

[Last week when I posted the picture of the women playing cards. I realized I had not included this artist in the Pre-Raphelite thing I have been doing. The card players are one of his paintings also. So, for Birgit at Swapping Howdies I am featuring Millais.]

This week's freebies are from John Everett Millais. . He was a Pre-Raphelite painter and along with John Waterhouse and Dante Rossetti he founded the brotherhood. He was the darling of this group. He was in a particularly stable and loving relationship which gave him the time and energy to create and help other artists. Plus he was very handsome, think Johnny Depp of his time.

He used his family or the women who helped his wife maintain their household in a lot of his work. From all accounts it was a very informal salon at his home. I chose all women or girls this week as that was really his specialty. He was one of England's premere portrait artists of his time. Think bread and butter. Where many of his fellow artists used the same model over and over his subjects were much more varied. I think he was able to capture their personalities in his paintings. I hope you enjoy and have a very creative week.

One of the girls who helped his wife.

Supposedly the fact he was able to capture each one of these twins personalities really gave him the "in" for society portraits. Their father was so excited he told everyone about the painting.

This is called leisure. I love the gold fish in the bowl in this painting.

Isn't she a darling? I love the yellow rose.

She is so beautiful with her red dress and turquoise necklace. She just looks like fall to me. Note the leather gloves on her hands.

8 comments:

Birgit said...

Actually, it was me who had asked about the painter. Thanks for replying to my question.

-- Birgit

José said...

Thanks for sharing!

Terri Kahrs said...

These are exquisite choices, Elizabeth. I could study each one of them for hour. Hugs, Terri xoxo

Janice said...

Oh I love the Pre-Raph painters. Thanks for sharing these images.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Excellent choices, Elizabeth...beautiful art pieces. tfs.

Melinda Cornish said...

My favorite is the girl that helps his wife...Her hair looks alive in the portrait!

Suz said...

Waterhouse..still #1 with me.
But I have to say I like the attitude he captured on the face of each and every woman or girl in these paintings.

Roberta said...

Thanks for sharing these freebies, Elizabeth! I have always enjoyed the art of the Pre-Raphaelites...I think that JW Waterhouse was one that captured my heart years ago, before I started this art journey of my own. Here is my digital collage using one of Millais' images. http://rcscreations.wordpress.com/2009/11/14/inspired/

Thank you for sharing these!

All the best,
Roberta