Will Emma Thompson’s latest film renew interest in the Pre-Raphaelites?

Matthew Cain, Culture Editor at Channel 4, delivers a wonderful and thought provoking piece on Emma Thompson’s new movie Effie and the possibility that it may renew interest in Pre-Raphaelite art.

He says,“In 2012, we’re so familiar with the work of the Pre-Raphaelites that it’s easy to forget just how radical and revolutionary they were. But their love of often psychedelically bright colours represented a major change from the typically brown-hued paintings of the day. And their refusal to focus in on one subject and instead to paint the foreground, background and middle ground in equally sharp focus sent Victorian viewers into a spin – and made them unsure of exactly where they were supposed to look.”

Read Pre-Raphaelite art — Britain’s first avant-garde?   Contains a video well worth watching with an on-set interview with Thompson and a brief glimpse of some Pre-Raphaelite works.

3 thoughts on “Will Emma Thompson’s latest film renew interest in the Pre-Raphaelites?”

  1. I missed this piece. Thank you. (However, Ms. Thompson comes across at times a bit too earnest if not pompous in her art.)

  2. I admire Emma Thompson ever since she wrote the screenplay for “Sense and Sensibility,” one of my favorite movies. I think this might turn out to be a good movie.


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