Winter Fuel, Sir John Everett Millais

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Winter Fuel 1873 John Everett Millais 1829-1896 This is one of a number of large Scottish landscapes Millais painted periodically during his later career. The view here is of Birnam Hill in Perthshire, near where Millais was living at the time. Winter Fuel is wonderfully atmospheric, evoking a mood of melancholy contemplation. When first exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, it was accompanied by a line from Shakespeare's Sonnet 73, 'Bare ruined choirs, where once the sweet birds sang'. The sonnet reinforces the idea of autumn as a metaphor for the painter's own passing years. Contemporary critics praised the painting for its workmanship and for lifting realism into a new realm by the masterly use of colour.

Giclee print on premium silk 240gsm paper
Paper size 600x800mm

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