The Manchester Art Gallery Presents "Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer"

artwork: Ford Madox Brown - "Work", 1852-65 - Oil on canvas - Collection of the City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK On view in "Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer" until January 29th 2012.

Manchester, UK.- The Manchester Art Gallery will stage the first major exhibition of Ford Madox Brown’s work since 1964. “Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer” will bring together 140 works from public and private collections to reveal the pioneering role Ford Madox Brown played in the development of Pre-Raphaelitism and explore how the artist’s rebellion against traditionally taught methods led to a completely radical new style. The exhibition’s painting highlights include Brown’s masterpieces “Work” (1852–63) and “The Last of England” (1852–55), which have been brought together for the first time for over twenty-five years. “Work”, acquired in 1885, was the first Pre-Raphaelite painting bought by Manchester Art Gallery and will be shown alongside a selection of rarely displayed preparatory studies.