Tate Britain Exhibition

Edward Burne-Jones

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones Love among the Ruins 1870-1873 Private Collection

The last of the Pre-Raphaelites, Burne-Jones is synonymous with a refined and spiritualised style of beauty

From being an outsider in British art, and spending much of his life in isolation, Burne-Jones (1833–1898) became a key figure in the art world at the end of the 19th century and a pioneer of the symbolist movement.

He challenged society by disengaging his art from the modern world, offering a parallel universe based on myth, legend and the Bible. Working in a wide range of materials, he pioneered a radical new approach to narrative in works created for both public and intimate settings.

This exhibition is London’s first major retrospective of the artist's work for over 40 years, and showcases 150 works in different media, including painting, stained glass and tapestry, all of which foreground Burne-Jones's belief in the redemptive power of art.

Full-length portrait of a woman in long dress

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones Sidonia von Bork 1560 1860 Tate Bequeathed by W. Graham Robertson 1948

Ornate painting of a group of women, one in red dress reclining

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones Laus Veneris1873-1878 Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

Woman in orange dress placing drops of liquid into a large urn

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones The Wine of Circe 1863-1869 Private Collection

Detailed drawing of a woman's head in profile

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones Desiderium 1873 Tate Presented by Sir Philip Burne-Jones Bt 1910

Painting of a large female figure turning a wheel attached to nude male figures

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones The Wheel of Fortune 1883 Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Painting of a mermaid embracing a nude male figure underwater

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones The Depths of the Sea 1886 Private Collection

Tate Britain

Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit

Dates

24 October 2018 – 24 February 2019

Pricing

£19.50 / FREE for Members

Price shown includes donation. Concessions available. Under 12s go free (up to four per parent or guardian). Family tickets available (two adults and two children 12–18 years) by telephone or in the gallery.

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