This week’s #MuseumMonday celebrates three Pre-Raphaelite exhibitions to see, inspired by ‘Lowry & the Pre-Raphaelites’ @the_lowry Salford, until 24th February, exploring Lowry’s passion for the Pre-Raphaelites, including works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and Edward Burne-Jones (whose retrospective you can currently see @Tate Britain until 24th February).
Lowry admired paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites as a young man, attending major Manchester exhibitions in 1911 and 1920, as well as seeing Madox Brown’s murals in Manchester Town Hall. Following his own success as an artist, he began to buy their work, in particular portraits by Rossetti whose ‘fascination for his models is reflected by Lowry’s repeated representations of the mysterious Ann’. The exhibition features works formerly owned by Lowry, as well as some of his favourite pictures in public and private collections.
Rossetti’s, ‘The First Madness of Ophelia’ 1864, was a picture Lowry knew well in Oldham Art Gallery’s collection and he joked with the curator about the possibility of buying it. Rossetti’s, ‘The Bower Meadow’, 1872, is the painting Lowry ‘wished endlessly and, of course, hopelessly’ to own.
An exhibition inspired by Dante Gabriel’s talented sister, ‘Christina Rossetti: Vision & Verse’, is currently on view @WattsGallery until 17th March 2019.
Celebrating the Victorian poet’s connection with visual art, this exhibition includes portraits of Rossetti (created by her Pre-Raphaelite artist-brother Dante Gabriel) and images inspired by her writing, as well as little known drawings by the poet herself. Rossetti studied art at the North London Drawing School in the early 1850s.
See more works by Pre-Raphaelite fan, LS Lowry, including ‘Lytham Pier’ 1945 and ‘Figures with a dog’ 1957 at https://www.richardgreen.com/artist/Laurence-Stephen-Lowry/