Review Round Up: Edward Burne- Jones, Tate Britain

Tate Britain’s new exhibition explores the artist’s rise from an outsider to becoming on of Britain’s most influential artists during the 19th century. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews… 

The Guardian: ** “To put it bluntly, Burne-Jones is a stupid artist. That is very striking in this exhibition’s recreation of an entire room that he decorated with scenes from the story of Sleeping Beauty.”

Evening Standard: ***** “If you come to Burne-Jones without preconceptions, as most young Londoners will, you are going to be bowled over by the dazzling vision, the ethereal form, the distinctive, sometimes jewel-like colour, the blaze of gold in the tapestry, the comic persistence with a single, lovely physical type, the languor, and yes, the beauty.”

The Upcoming: *** “Room after room is filled with stately grace, but not enough analysis is given to explain his boldness or, contrarily, to point out the difficulties inherent in the reception of his paintings.”

The Telegraph: ***** “This handsome exhibition – the first in more than four decades – provides a welcome opportunity to look again at this problematic figure: to decide whether his desire to paint worlds that “never were or never will be” dooms him to permanent irrelevance, or if his “beautiful romantic dreams”, as he called them, are just what our troubled times need.”

The Times: **** “It has a cumulative effect, this exhibition. By the final room, I was laughing out loud (it was the piano hand-painted with evil-looking cherubim that finished me off). Don’t get me wrong, it is a serious show — the first in the UK to be dedicated to the influential artist Edward Burne-Jones for 20 years. It’s just that the painter’s high-camp exuberance eventually gets the better of you and you start losing the plot.”

Time Out: **** “Preliminary sketches and drawings are normally the filler bit of a big exhibition, but here they’re the most interesting part. Ethereal, ghostly figures vaporise at the edges, including a mermaid head with Mona Lisa smile and candy-floss hair.” 

Culture Whisper: **** “Burne-Jones’s idiosyncratic works are fantastical, ethereal and decidedly Victorian. As such, they are an acquired taste, and at times a bit ridiculous. But if you are in need a dose of reverie – this is the exhibition for you.”

Londonist: **** “Edward Burne-Jones had a recognisable, over-the-top style that makes him stand out from the other Pre-Raphaelites. We know his stylised works aren’t to everyone’s tastes but we love his fantastical art.”

London Visitors: “This fascinating exhibition explores the work and legacy of an artist who is often associated with the Pre-Raphaelites and Symbolist movements. The exhibition suggests that Burne-Jones is one of the most influential British artists of the 19th century and walking around the exhibition it would be difficult to suggest that this is not the case.”

Tate Britain’s Edward Burne- Jones exhibition is on display until the 24th February 2019. For more information visit:




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