John Millais was a British painter born on 8 June 1829 in Southampton, United Kingdom. John inherited the passion his father, an amateur painter, had for art and began painting early. At only nine years old, the child prodigy John began studying at Henry Sass’ Academy, subsequently transitioning to the Royal Academy of Arts as a teenager.
In 1848, Millais joined a group of fellow Academy students who were dissatisfied with the traditional methods taught at the Academy – The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The group’s instantaneous popularity owed partly to the support of art critic John Ruskin. However, Ruskin and Millais would eventually fall out after an affair developed between Millais and Ruskin’s wife – Effie.
Millais married Effie in 1855, a year after she annulled her marriage to Ruskin. Millais’ reputation as a painter grew exponentially, and he received commissions and commercial contracts from prominent individuals. During his later years, Millais’ works primarily focused on landscapes and portraits. He received the title of Baronet in 1885 and became President of the Royal Academy in 1896. However, due to failing health, he died shortly after on 13 August 1896.
What was John Millais Known For?
John Millais was known for painting children’s scenes, portraits, and landscapes. After joining the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which focused on realistic depictions and natural subjects, Millais’s works showed keen attention to detail and striking realism. The theme of his work varied through different periods, which led to his recognition as the greatest British artist of his time.
Who was John Millais Influenced By?
John Millais was influenced by Albrecht Durer, Thomas Gainsborough, and Jan Van Eyck.
What Art Movement was John Millais Associated With?
John Millais was associated with the Realism and Pre-Raphaelite art movements.
John Millais Artwork
Below are some of the artworks of John Millais
A Souvenir of Velazquez
Christ in the House of His Parents
Dew Drenched Furze
Ferdinand Lured by Ariel
Hearts are Trumps
Little Speedwell’s Darling Blue
Message From the Sea
Sweet Emma Morland
The Blind Girl
The Girlhood of St. Teresa
The Woodman’s Daughter
All John Millais Artwork on Artchive
|The Eve Of St Agnes||1863||Watercolor|
|Mariana In The Moated Grange||1850-51||Oil On Panel|
|Louise Jopling||1879||Oil On Canvas|
|The Blind Girl||1854-56||Oil on Canvas|
|The Bridesmaid||1851||Oil on Panel|
|Christ in the House of His Parents (The Carpenter's Shop)||1849||Oil on Canvas|
|Ferdinand Lured by Ariel||1849-50||Oil on panel|
|Ophelia||1851 - 1852||Oil on Canvas|
|The Order of Release, 1746||1852-53||Oil on Canvas|
|The Martyr of the Solway||1871||Oil on Canvas|
|The Boyhood of Raleigh||1869-70||Oil on Canvas|
|Chill October||1870||Oil on Canvas|
|Autumn Leaves||1855-56||Oil on Canvas|
|William Ewart Gladstone||1879||Oil on Canvas|
|The Return of the Dove to the Ark||1851||Oil on Canvas|