Concurrent with the development and rise of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and British Impressionism in England during the late 19th century was the development of photography. How one influenced the other is a story worth telling.
On view now through September 25 at the Tate Britain, “Painting with Light” is an innovative exhibition that seeks to explore the ties between early photography and several concurrent artistic movements in Britain, including the Pre-Raphaelites, Aesthetic Movement, and British Impressionism.
Covering a time period of about 75 years — from the Victorian and Edwardian ages — “the exhibition opens with the experimental beginnings of photography in dialogue with painters such as J.M.W. Turner and concludes with its flowering as an independent international art form,” the museum suggests. “Stunning works by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, J.A.M. Whistler, John Singer Sargent and others will for the first time be shown alongside ravishing photographs by pivotal early photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, which they inspired and which inspired them.”
To learn more, visit the Tate Britain.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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