Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914)
Edward Robert Hughes is a well-known English painter who identified with the Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic movements, often working in watercolor or gouache. Hughes's paintings display a detailed observation of nature and devotion to intricate painting. Hughes regularly exhibited his paintings at the Royal Academy, the Royal Watercolor Society, the British Institution, and the Grosvenor Gallery. At all these venues he showed his more Pre-Raphaelite, symbolic paintings, including one of his most well-known, Midsummer Eve.
Hughes was also inclined to paint based on stories from Italian literature and Shakespeare, and always with a mystical atmosphere, as in Ophelia. His favorite colors in which to paint were blue and gold, as can be seen in Twilight Fantasies. Like many other Victorian artists, Hughes was a staunch perfectionist. But he is more remembered for being a kind mentor to young painters and a much-loved lecturer.
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