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William Holman Hunt

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The painter William Holman Hunt was initially trained as a clerical employee. He also took drawing lessons and worked as a copyist in the British Museum and the National Gallery in London. In 1845 he was finally accepted at the Royal Academy. There he met the painter John Everett Millais know and founded three years later with him the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Soon other painters joined the movement. As early as 1840, paintings of Old Dutch and Italian painting were added to the National Gallery. The group of the Pre-Raphaelites was immediately fascinated by the Italian painters of the Trecento and Quattrocento. The artists saw their role model in the painting of the Middle Ages. They demanded a detailed depiction of nature, as the old masters had already shown. The clarity and order of late medieval Italian painting should be reawakened in a new art direction.

William Holman Hunt rejected the academic direction of painting and devoted himself to a realistic nature representation. In 1848, Hunt exhibited his first Pre-Raphaelite picture of St.Agnesabend in the Royal Academy, but the art-interested public initially criticized Hunt's lifelike images. Because of his failure, the painter thought to emigrate at short notice. The great art historian John Ruskin was impressed by Hunt's style of painting and entered in 1851 for the Pre-Raphaelites. He published several letters in the Times defending the realistic reproduction of nature on the canvas. Hunt finally achieved his first successes with three paintings, including Der Mietling von 1852.

A year later, the Brotherhood of the Pre-Raphaelites broke apart, although other painters such as John Everett Millais celebrated his first artistic successes. Millais gained academic recognition as his paintings approached the prevailing taste in art. William Holman Hunt made a trip to the Holy Land. With the sale of his painting The discovery of Jesus in the Temple of 1860, he consolidated his reputation as an artist. He married twice and made trips to Greece, Italy, Egypt and Palestine. In 1905, an autobiography of William Holman Hunt appeared. In the years that followed, exhibitions in Glasgow, London, Liverpool and Manchester honored the painter's oeuvre. He died in London in 1910. © Meisterdrucke


Studies for 'The Light of the Wo...
Undated | graphite with pen and brown ink on off-white paper

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Studies for 'The Light of the Wo...
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1854 | watercolour and gouache on paper

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1854 | watercolour and gouache on paper

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Undated | colour lithograph

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The Miracle of the Sacred Fire, ...
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The Miracle of the Sacred Fire, ...
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1851 | pen and brown ink over graphite on discoloured off-white paper

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1851 | pen and brown ink over graphite on discoloured off-white paper

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Ponte Vecchio, Florence
Undated | Oil on canvas

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Ponte Vecchio, Florence
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The School-Girl's Hymn, 1859
1859 | oil on wood

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The School-Girl's Hymn, 1859
1859 | oil on wood

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Dr. Monro inspecting his stables...
Undated | pen and ink and watercolour on paper

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Dr. Monro inspecting his stables...
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Recto: Study of London Bridge fo...
1863 | graphite on buff paper

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Recto: Study of London Bridge fo...
1863 | graphite on buff paper

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Studies for 'The Light of the Wo...
Undated | graphite with pen and brown ink on off-white paper

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Studies for 'The Light of the Wo...
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Talking- Whispering in the Synag...
Undated | pen and sepia ink on paper

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Talking- Whispering in the Synag...
0 | pen and sepia ink on paper

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