Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

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Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

25,000.00

Departure of the Knight 

Gouache and ink wash on brown paper, c. 1895

Unsigned

6 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Provenance: 

Barnes Collection, Merion, Pennsylvania

Percy Simmons Collection, Indianapolis

Robert Henry Adams Fine Art, Chicago

Condition: excellent

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Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones was one of the key figures in the Aesthetic Pre-Raphaelitism movement. Although he created stained glass, ceramic tiles, jewelry, and tapestries, he is best known for his paintings.

He often turned to medieval themes as the most suitable subjects for his highly stylized and sensuous paintings. His approach to painting is best revealed in his own words: “I mean by a picture a beautiful, romantic dream of something that never was, never will be - in a light better than any light that ever shone - in a land no one can define or remember, only desire - and the forms divinely beautiful - and then I wake up ...” [from Wikipedia entry].

This study may be for one of the panels the artist painted to illustrate the Legend of Briar-Rose.  It involves the departure of one of the knights.