This talk explores the idea of the Pre-Raphaelites as a pioneering avant-garde group, whose disrespectful, anti-establishment campaign brought new life to British art. Under discussion will be the Pre-Raphaelites’ interest in the new technology of photography, their engagement with radical politics and their project of seeing the world afresh.
Followed by a private view of the exhibition.
Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University and co-curator of Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde. His work has focused on British art, American art and art of the British empire since 1750. His books include Men at Work: Art and Labour in Victorian Britain, Reading the Pre-Raphaelites (new edition 2012) and Before and After Modernism (2010). He was co-curator of American Sublime, Art and Emancipation in Jamaica, and Art and Music in Britain, and curator of Opulence and Anxiety.