The Beautiful Art Revival: A Passion for the Pre-Raphaelites –

Nicholas Forrest
Nov 30, 2012 5:59PM

For as long as I have been writing about the art market, the word “beauty” has been thought of by many as a sort of dirty word – especially to the cutting-edge contemporary art crowd many of whom would cringe at the its mere mention. Often perceived as being indulgent, bourgeois and a waste of time, the pursuit of beauty in fine art has, until recently, remained somewhat of a best-forgotten quest of the frequently ill-perceived Victorian era.

There is, however, a whiff of change in the air as the art world and the art market begin to realise that beautiful art doesn’t necessarily have to be boring or bourgeois.

The exhibition Victorian Visions: Pre-Raphaelite and Nineteenth-Century Art from the John Schaeffer Collection, recently held at Leighton House Museum, and the current TATE Pre-Raphaelite exhibition, are testament to a revived interest in beautiful works of art.

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Nicholas Forrest