A Souvenir of Velazquez

A Souvenir of Velazquez



A Souvenir of Velazquez
Painter: Sir John Everett Millais
Dimensions: 25 cm * 24 cm
Colors: 60 colors
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A Souvenir of Velazquez

A Souvenir of Velazquez

John Everett Millais was born in Jersey but showed such a precocious interest in art that his parents moved the whole family to London so that he could train as an artist. Millais first attended Sass’s Academy in Bloomsbury before becoming the youngest-ever student at the Royal Academy Schools aged only 11. In 1848 Millais was one of the founder members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood along with Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt.

Although the Pre Raphaelites were initially criticised, Millais soon gained popularity both with the public and the art establishment. In 1853 Millais was elected ARA and he became a full Academician ten years later. His original offering for his Academy ‘Diploma’ work, The Parable of the Tares (1865, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) was rejected by the RA Council. They did not give a reason but contemporary critics found fault with this work, one of them even describing it as an ‘antagonistic picture’. After a gap of several years, Millais instead presented a painting with less troubling subject matter, A Souvenir of Velazquez. Here, the expressionistic brushwork and broad colouring contrasts with the restrained naturalism of his earlier Pre-Raphaelite paintings. This work was inspired by Velázquez’s mid-17th-century portraits of the Spanish Infanta Maria Margarita. Throughout his career Millais painted children to provoke meditations on transience, beauty and truth. By the late 1860′s, this painterly concern with mood and memory corresponded with the ideals of the emerging Aesthetic movement.