William Holman Hunt

William Holman Hunt William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) was one of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood's founders. He was an English painter. His paintings were very popular due to their great attention to elaborate symbolism, detailed view, and vivid color. He was very much influenced by the writings of Thomas Carlyle and John Ruskin, which can be seen in his paintings. He believed that an artist should be responsible or duty to reveal the correspondence between fact and sign.   His life and Career: William Holman Hunt was born on 2 April 1827 in Cheapside, London, England. He spent much of his early...
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William Holman Hunt

William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) was one of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood's founders. He was an English painter. His paintings were very popular due to their great attention to elaborate symbolism, detailed view, and vivid color. He was very much influenced by the writings of Thomas Carlyle and John Ruskin, which can be seen in his paintings. He believed that an artist should be responsible or duty to reveal the correspondence between fact and sign.

 

His life and Career:

William Holman Hunt was born on 2 April 1827 in Cheapside, London, England. He spent much of his early childhood reading the Bible, where he received much detailed knowledge about Christianity. 

When he reached the age of 12, he started working as an office clerk. He had given a lot of effort to agree with his parents for his painting career, and he had continuously tried for five years. In 1844, finally, he joined the Royal Academy art school. At that time, William Holman Hunt made the painting of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Poet and Painter) and the acquaintance of John Everett Millais. In 1848, he met the poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, forming the Pre-Raphaelite movement. The Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt had gained more popularity as he had exhibited his paintings at the Royal Academy, the Royal Manchester Institution, and the British Institution. 

In his life, he got married two times. His first engagement with his model Annie Miller has gone failed. Later, in 1861 he got married to Fanny Waugh. His wife was later worked as his model in Isabella's figure. In 1866, his wife died in childbirth. For this, he made a sculpture at Fiesole, which was beside the Elizabeth Barrett Browningtomb. Later, he became famous for his religious paintings, especially The Light of the World, which was pained between 1851 and 1853. In 1905, he also published an autobiography. At this time, he was joined at the Order of Merit by King Edward VII.

 

His Notable and famous works:

  • The Hireling Shepherd: This painting was published in 1851. In this painting, Hunt shows a shepherd neglecting his flock by seeing a country girl, and he shows a death's-head hawk moth. This meaning of the painting had brought many controversial statements and critics for Hunt.
  • The Lantern Maker's Courtship: This painting showed a street scene in Cairo, which was made between 1854 and 1856. 
  • The Awakening Conscience: This painting shows a woman rising from her position in the man's lap and gazing at the window. This was made in 1853. Presently, this painting can be seen at the Tate Britain in London.
  • Isabella and the Pot of Basil: In this painting, William Holman Hunt had shown an epic scene of John Keats's poem Isabella, or the Pot of Basil. This picture shows heroine Isabella caressing the basil pot, which was published in 1868. 
  • The Lady of Shalott: This painting was derived from the scene of Tennyson's 1833 poem "The Lady of Shalott." This painting was published in 1905. One of this painting's versions can be found at the Manchester Art Gallery.
  • Christ and the two Marys: It was published between 1847 and 1897. 
  • Portrait of Fanny Holman Hunt: It was published between 1866 and 1867. 
  • The Scapegoat: It was published in 1856. This painting represented the community's sin that shows a goat would have its horns wrapped with a red cloth.

 

William Holman Hunt took his last breath on 7 September 1910 in Kensington, London, England. He had contributed lots of notable work until his lifetime of 83 years. If you are looking for his notable works, then you must hire a professional artist.