Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Truth to Nature
Today I wanted to share with you a tongue-in-cheek artwork from a contemporary of the Pre-Raphaelites. I can't remember where I found this piece, so I apologize if it has been posted already. It is Henry Nelson O'Neil's The Pre-Raphaelite.
It has been on my mind recently because of the way that they have been showing the Brotherhood creating their paintings in the miniseries, Desperate Romantics. Not a single canvas has gone outdoors, not a single bit of painting has been done anywhere but in darkened rooms. And this painting is farcical parody for the same reason..it accuses the Pre-Raphaelites of claiming truth to nature while creating their masterpieces inside.
I'm not aware of how much of the art they created was actually done en plein air, and how much was done indoors, but I can say with some confidence that I think they went outside more often than the miniseries would indicate.