Painting with Light

Exploring the interrelation between fine art and photographic practice from the Pre-Raphaelite era to the modern age.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Proserpine, 1874 © Tate

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Proserpine, 1874

At the same time as the emergence of photography in Britain, innovators such as JMW Turner and the Pre-Raphaelite painters were bringing revolutionary change to artistic practice. These two simultaneous events prompted a proliferation of new ideas about how pictures should be created and understood.

Tate Britain's spring exhibition begins at this critical moment in the 19th century, drawing on some 200 works to reveal the dynamic relationship between art and photography over the following 75 year period. Pioneers of each field can be seen engaging in similar experiments with movement, illumination and composition in their work.

Turner was the guiding light for the first photographs of panoramic views, while the Impressionist paintings inspired PH Emerson and TF Goodall. Artists such as JAM Whistler meanwhile, demonstrate an ability to translate aesthetic qualities across mediums.

The influential friendship between photographer Julia Margaret Cameron and the artists GF Watts and Dante Gabriel Rossetti is also acknowledged in a display of the portraits they made of each other and those featuring their shared models.

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Venue details

Tate Britain Millbank London SW1P 4RG 020 7887 8888 www.tate.org.uk

Entry details

£8.15 with National Art Pass (standard entry £16.30)

Daily, 10am – 6pm (last admission 5.15pm)
Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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