Millais a strong legacy in the art world which continues to draw attention today.
Millais.org aims to outline the highlights of Millais' career and also touch on other artists with whom he was closely involved. Recent exhibitions of Pre-Raphaelite artists have featured Millais heavily, with the Tate Britain having a particularly impressive collection of their work.
John Everett Millais, to give him his full name, contributed some of the finest art work pieces seen in Britain during his era and Ophelia remains the best known painting of all. The Ophelia painting can be seen below and features a model representing an extract of literature, as she lies in a shallow stream.
This is instantly recognisable in the UK and spreadheads Millais' career though you will note from this website that there is also plenty of other work to be enjoyed here too.
Millais is seen as integral to the rise of the Pre-Raphaelites and in fact was one of the founding members of this group who became one of the most respected collection of British painters from any era, before or since.
For the Tate Britain to hold an exhibition of their best work seems inevitable and it is worth a visit if you get a chance to pop to London whilst it is still on. Besides this artist you will also see the likes of Edward Burne-Jones and William Holman-hunt.
British art has traditionally been behind French and Italian for innovation and creativity but there are moments of quality, and the Pre-Raphaelite movement certainly represents an important period for British art.
The likes of Millais and Burne-Jones continued to build on an artistic reputation for the region which started off with the Romanticists like JMW Turner and John Constable whose careers came around the same time. In recent years there has been a continuation into modern art with new influential artists coming from the UK frequently.
There is a gallery with in this website which offers a selection of some of the finest paintings to have come from Millais and we hope to extend this gallery over coming years to eventually hold all of his work that became publicly available and that goes into the hundreds as Millais was highly productive over a number of years.
Interestingly, you will notice that he also took on different art methods with portraits and landscapes both included here.
Ophelia represented an important period in the artist's career where he was at a stage where he could devote the time required to each of his works and was under no pressure to rush. Ophelia required great planning and the artist took his time to capture everything correctly and as he had intended.
He would use his preferred model and carefully lie her in water to capture the correct effects to her face and body as would have occurred if she was at the bottom of the stream, as he was creating from the original extract from a literature piece.