Edward Burne-Jones (1833–98) was a radical artist in his time, breaking the conventions in the subject matter he chose, his approach to composition and his handling of materials. A deeply intellectual artist, he was an outsider in the British art world of his time, eschewing the Royal Academy for alternative exhibiting spaces. His visionary approach to art and his dreamlike technique had a great influence on artists in Britain and Europe, while his lifelong friendship and creative partnership with William Morris led to the Arts and Crafts movement.

A new exhibition at Tate Britain, the first ...


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