|Sleeping Beauty The Rose Bower from the Legend of Briar Rose, |
1880, Edward Burne-Jones
|Edward Burne-Jones, Self-portrait, |
1898, painted by the artist from a
photo, shortly befor his death.
|The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon, 1881, Edward Burne-Jones|
|The Beguiling of Merlin, 1874,|
|Edward Burne-Jones and |
William Morris, 1874
Edward Burne Jones (the hyphen came later) was born in 1833 in the city of Birmingham (central England). His father was a Welsh frame maker, his mother died when he was six days old. Thus the boy was raised by a single father and a doting, but dull, housekeeper. Burne-Jones' first inclination was to become a minister, not an artist. He studied theology at Exeter College where he first met William Morris (right), later to become a major proponent of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of painters, but at the time, just another student like himself. They became life-long friends and eventually business partners. They both appreciated the art of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, liked to read poetry (Ruskin and Tennyson), and visit Medieval churches. Sounds like a fun group!
|The Council Chamber, Buscot Park, 1872-92, Edward Burne-Jones.|
|The Golden Stairs, 1880, Edward Burne-Jones|
|David's Charge to Solomon, 1882, Trinity Church, Boston, Burne-Jones and Morris.|
|The Star of Bethlehem, 1890, Edward Burne-Jones|
Edward Burne-Jones' first Pygmalion series (below) seems almost like a stop-action movie as he explores the progression of love from infatuation to consummation. All date from the 1870's and 80s.
|The Hand Refrains|
|The Heart Desires|
|The Soul Attains|
|The Godhead Fires|