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Judging by the question, the answer suggests a personal opinion. So I would split the answer into two parts. The very history of art suggests the division of fine art of the Victorian period into two parts. We know the Puritanical morals of this time, we know about the image of a respectable English family, which was sung, as we would now say, by “mainstream” artists, a prominent representative of which is E. Landseer. Neighbors of the main direction of paintings are respectable citizens, wives and husbands, live children and cute dogs. Children and dogs are generally a mandatory attribute of salon painting of that time. Historians point out that Queen Victoria herself, who reigned for 64 years (1837-1901), was extremely happily married: she had 9 children, a beloved husband and arrived in lifelong mourning after his death. This has also affected public morals. So, in the paintings there is harmony , mutual understanding and, I apologize, “milota”. Except, perhaps, the series “Past and present”by A. L. Egg. Such soothing images may appeal to young romantic girls, but not to the author of the answer.
Separately, it should be said that the love of the English for fairy trolls, fairies, and elves resulted not only in the novels of J. R. R. Tolkien, but also in a separate direction, which art historians call “Fairy Painting”. Such stories, of course, may already seem interesting and find a response in the hearts of a much larger audience of viewers.
But personally, the author likes the work of the “Pre-Raphaelite” group (Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, Arthur Hughes, Walter Crane, John William Waterhouse), which originated precisely as a reaction to the main salon trend. Apparently” annoyed ” alluvial prosperity. And they were named so because the canon that prevailed on the canvases of that time , which was formed based on the work of the High Renaissance: soft chiaroscuro, brown imprimatura, calm characters. Innovators turned to art before Raphael. They began to write on a white canvas, with bright colors. And we also discovered Sandro Botticelli, who was lively, elegant, “colored”. And artists, in a sense, became followers of Botticelli, but of course at a new stage in the development of painting. They wanted to reflect different emotions in their paintings, different subjects, bring eroticism and sharp themes to art, celebrate female beauty, chivalry, and natural human feelings. The heroes of their plots are Shakespearean characters (Ophelia Millais), knights from English ballads (Waterhouse), the same fairy-tale creatures (Waterhouse's mermaids), biblical personalities (Millais ' Annunciation), and most importantly, they all live a rich inner life. This is much more interesting for a person who is open to learning the versatility of being. Therefore: if the Victorian painting, then only the Pre-Raphaelites. I hope you were helpful. See the Pre-Raphaelites.
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