Sunday, December 26, 2010

Henry Nelson O'Neil - 'The Two Extremes - the Pre-Raphaelite'

Price Realized 10,158

signed and dated 'H.O'Neil. 1856' (lower left) and further signed and inscribed 'No 1. The two Extremes - The Pre-Raphaelite Henry O'Neil' (on an old label on the reverse)
oil on panel
18¾ x 15½ in. (47.6 x 39.3 cm.)

This picture formed a humorous pendant to The Post Raphaelite, exhibited at the British Institution of 1857, no. 483, under the joint heading, The Two Extremes. The Art Journal, commenting on The Post Raphaelite, explained that 'This and The Pre-Raphaelite by the same artist, illustrate these opponent Art-theories, with some causticity of allusion to the latter'.

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