Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898). A Master of the Imaginary

Edward Burne-Jones 
 The Wheel of Fortune
 Oil on canvas
 H. 200; W. 100 cm
 Paris, Musée d'Orsay
Edward Burne-Jones The Wheel of Fortune© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Gérard Blot
The considerable role played by Burne-Jones in the art of his time stems from the ambition and the diversity of his productions. From the Pre-Raphaelite movement, where his career began, to Symbolism, of which he was one of the great precursors, passing through his endless collaborations with William Morris in the domain of decorative arts, Burne-Jones developed a mode of painting that was exclusively turned towards the imaginary realm. Nowadays this dream-like vision holds us just as entranced as it did one century ago.

The exhibition traces all aspects of Burne-Jones's work both chronologically and thematically. It includes paintings and graphic works, as well as tapestries, stained glass, illustrated books and jewellery - both the painter's best known works and some much rarer pieces.


Stephen Wildman, Curator of the Ruskin Library, Lancaster University, Laurence B. Kanter, Curator of the Robert Lehman Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Laurence des Cars, conservateur at the Musée d'Orsay.


Exhibition catalogue
Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) A Master of the Imaginary
New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1998. Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
€ 29.73

4 March - 6 June 1999
Musée d'Orsay

Temporary Exhibition Hall

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