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 Edward Coley Burne-Jones  (1833 - 1898)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom      Known for: fairy tale painting, tapestry and stained glass design

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The following was written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California:

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones was born in 1833 in Birmingham, England, the son of the owner of a small framing business.  His mother died within a week of his birth.  He was educated at King Edward's School in Birmingham, and since he was gifted at drawing, attended a government School of Design on three evenings a week from 1848.  In 1853 he went to Exeter College, Oxford, with the intention of eventually entering the Church.  There he met William Morris, who was to become his lifelong friend and an associate in a number of decorative projects.   

Early in 1858 Burne-Jones met Ruskin and Rossetti and managed to persuade the latter to accept him as a pupil; he and Morris left Oxford and started their artistic careers under Rossetti's guidance.  In 1859 he went to Italy, where he studied the second great influence on his work, Botticelli.  In 1862 he wemt to Milan, influenced by Tintoretto.  He became an Associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolor in 1863.  He was made a Baronet in 1894.   

The friends founded a decorating business, the company: William Morris & Co. Burne-Jones' painting moved away from the influence of Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites and he made designs for tapestries and stained glass.  A number of the decorative designs were turned into paintings, rather than the reverse.  Burne-Jones was a painter of dreams.  The people of his pictures, wistful and unsubstantial, solemnly enact old-world fairy tales in a timeless land.  He was also a master of composition.  The sources of his paintings and watercolors are medieval, classical myths, the poems of Chaucer and Spenser and the Bible.  Technically labored and intensely literary, his works show great continuity of style.

Burne-Jones died in London in 1898.  

Sources include:   
Metropolitan Minatures: Painting in England   
Phaidon Encyclopedia of Art and Artists   
From the internet, Olga's Gallery and Artchive.com


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