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“Autumn Leaves”, John Everett Millet - description of the painting

“Autumn Leaves”, John Everett Millet - description of the painting

Autumn Leaves - John Everett Millet. 104.3 x 74 cm

Dusk. Four girls with obvious pleasure gather a high pile of fallen leaves to make a bonfire. Someone had already set fire to this deciduous mountain, but the fire had not really taken up yet. Only the blue haze from dry leaves lazily rises to the sky. The painting "Autumn Leaves" - is the most famous work of Pre-Raphaelite John Everett Millet.

The Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, struggling with the conventions of academism, decided to write from nature, and choose their friends and relatives as heroes. The English painter Millet chose his own garden for nature. The artist owned a house in Annat Lodge in Scotland. And the heroines did not have to go far, in the picture we see people close to the master. The beautiful young woman in the center of the picture is Effie Chalmers Gray, the wife of Millet, whom he took away from his most devoted critic Ruskin. On the left is a girl who clearly looks like Millet's spouse - this is Alice, Effie's sister. The remaining heroines of the canvas were friends of the Gray sisters. Millet once boasted to his friends that the girls were the most obedient models with which he had ever had to work.

The usual, it would seem, the plot is different in Millet sublimity and sincerity. Researchers argue that this is not without reason - while painting, the artist was carried away by the poem “Princess” (Alfred Tennyson), where there is an amazing description of the autumn fields, which the author (and, accordingly, Millet) causes a painful longing for the past.

The Pre-Raphaelite artist simply had to give his work some kind of symbolic meaning. Here, the central element is a flaming bonfire, which not only “collects” the composition together, but also creates a contemplatively elevated mood. The author himself claimed that the fire, according to his idea, is a symbol of religious reverence.


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