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The English style of painting between 1837 – 1901 during the rule of Queen Victoria is called as “Victorian painting”. Great Britain’s economy flourished during the Victorian Era; it was the beginning of the British Era of imperialism; it was the first time that prosperity and security reached the middle class to a large extent. There was an attempt to explore new methods in painting. In 1848 a group of British painters joined the Pre-Raphaelites. The objective of this artist group was to overcome the formal, logical and rigid structures of the prevailing Neo-classicism in favour of natural, expressive styles inclining towards the Medieval and the Renaissance. From 1880 onwards, this movement had a great influence all over Europe. Frederic Leighton and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema were famous painters of prevalent Neo-classicism who mainly painted antique scenes. Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema is regarded as the last big star of the Victorian Salon art. He was an Englishman by choice but of Dutch origin; he was so obsessed with details that even pundits were surprised over his “antique genre scenes”. Victorian painting was largely ignored after the emergence of German Expressionism and Classic Modernism and then became popular again after 1970 when paintings by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema broke all records at the auction.

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