Dreams, Magic, and Desire—The British Invasion

Taking as a starting point The Met's masterpiece The Love Song by Edward Burne-Jones, this talk highlights the appeal that the work of the Pre-Raphaelites in England had for the Symbolist generation in Northern and Central Europe. From Brussels to Munich and Vienna, artists drew on British models to develop modern styles that differed radically from the French trends that dominated the art world. Their work, as one critic put it, "rendered the profundity of life and a melancholy attitude of beauty."

Recorded March 17, 2016

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