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Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

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Stained glass: "In 1861, Morris, Marshall, Faulkner, and Company had been formed ... with Peter Paul Marshall designing the stained glass. With the reorganization of the firm, in 1875, , under Morris exclusively - Morris & Co. - Burne-Jones became virtually the sole designer in stained glass until his death in 1898... The firm was particularly adept in blending figure panel and grisaille in the best tradition of the Middle Ages." - Virginia Chieffo Raguin, Stained Glass: From Its Origins to the Present, 2003, p. 193

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones was a British artist and designer closely associated with the later phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, who worked closely with William Morris on a wide range of decorative arts as a founding partner in Morris, Marshall, Faulkner, and Company.

Burne-Jones was closely involved in the rejuvenation of the tradition of stained glass art in England.

Burne-Jones's early paintings show the heavy inspiration of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, but by the 1860s Burne-Jones was discovering his own artistic "voice.". In 1877 ... he was taken up as a herald and star of the new
Aesthetic Movement.

In addition to painting and stained glass, Burne-Jones worked in a variety of crafts; including designing ceramic tiles, jewellery, tapestries, mosaics and book illustration.

- Wikipedia, Edward Burne-Jones (Online July 2013)

The final step in Burne-Jones' formal education (and the beginning of his informal education) occurred at Oxford where he matriculated in June of 1852. There he was provided with a wealth of knowledge, but more importantly it was there where he met his lifelong friend, the poet, William Morris.
With Morris, Burne-Jones spent endless hours in the library, finding and discussing poetry... It was through one of these sessions that Burne-Jones found what was to become his lifelong passion and source of inspiration, Malory's Morte d'Arthur.

- University of Rochester: David Howland, Edward Burne-Jones  (Online July 2013)

As the result of seeing Rossetti’s works, Burne-Jones and [William] Morris became late recruits to Pre-Raphaelitism. Early in 1856, Burne-Jones met Ruskin and Rossetti and managed to persuade the latter to accept him as a pupil; he and Morris left Oxford and started their artistic careers under Rossetti’s guidance...

Meanwhile the friends founded a decorating business, the company William Morris & Co. Burne-Jones was one of the directors and his prolific inspiration and rapidity of execution made him of crucial value for the firm. While his painting moved inevitably away from the influence of Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites, his decorative work remained a continuing contribution to the evolution of Pre-Raphaelite design. He made designs of tapestries and stained glass windows.

His Pre-Raphaelite pieces form a relatively small part of his total work.

Nevertheless, the influence of Rossetti was crucial to the development of Burne-Jones’s poetic imagination. His early works, painted under the personal guidance of Rossetti from similar medieval and literary sources, or resulting from Burne-Jones’s own fascination with fifteenth century Florentine art are a valuable contribution to PreRaphaelitism. And, of course, his paintings influenced the Aesthetic movement and Art Nouveau design to a great extend. In 1890, Burne-Jones was elected to the Royal Academy, but resigned only three years later.

- Olga's Gallery: Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones  (Online July 2013)

A pupil of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and a protégé of John Ruskin Edward Burne-Jones belonged to the second generation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, creating a narrative style of romantic symbolism steeped in medieval legend and fused with the influence of the Italian Rennaissance. He became one of the most sought-after painters in Europe.

Burne-Jones went to London to seek out Rossetti. Rossetti had a contract with Powell's Glass Works to design stained glass windows, and he introduced Burne-Jones to them. Burne-Jones worked for them from 1857 until William Morris formed 'The Firm' in 1861.

- Visit Cumbria: Sir Edward Burne-Jones  (Online July 2013)

Burne-Jones's paintings were one strand in the evolving tapestry of Aestheticism from the 1860s through the 1880s, which considered that art should be valued as an object of beauty engendering a sensual response, rather than for the story or moral implicit in the subject matter.

In many ways this was antithetical to the ideals of Ruskin and the early Pre-Raphaelites.

- Wikipedia, Edward Burne-Jones  (Online July 2013)

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