John Everett Millais: ‘Mariana’ (1851)

Who is John Everett Millais? John Millais (1829–1896) was a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of English artists who united in 1848 hoping to renew British painting. They idealized the sincerity of purpose and clarity of form of the early Italian Renaissance artists—before Raphael—finding art that they sought to emulate. The Pre-Raphaelite…

John La Farge: Nocturne (c.1885)

  Nocturne A founder and leader of the American watercolor movement by the late 1870s, La Farge used the medium to make studies for illustrations and decorative projects, to record his travels, and to paint exquisite floral still-life exhibition pieces. This sheet typifies those still lifes in its quiet mood, its nuanced handling of the…