The museum is well-known for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Sir Edward Burne-Jones was a Birmingham-born artist and one of the rooms only contains his works.
Room dedicated to Sir Edward Burne-Jones' works
drawings by Sir Edward Burne-Jones
The Blind Girl (Oil Painting) by John Everett Millais is a fine example of the Pre-Raphaelite paintings. The technique is amazing, almost too perfect. Even the finest details of the houses in the background are there.
The Last of England - Oil Painting by Ford Madox Brown (Click on the photo to enlarge). The painting represents a couple the couple departing for Australia.
The museum has created an excellent website to promote its permanent Pre-Raphaelite collection.
When we visited the museum, I saw an exhibition of the Perseus Series Edward Burne-Jones (Exhibition from 28th February 2009 until 4th October 2009). The paintings are on loan from Stuttgart's Staatsgalerie. This is the first time that the complete set of eight paintings has been shown in the UK. These paintings were very dark in mood as in colour... quite depressing in fact.
The Perseus Series Edward Burne-Jones
The museum owns a magnificent oil painting by Pissarro titled - Le Pont Boieldieu à Rouen, Soleil Couchant (The Pont Boieldieu at Sunset).
In 1896, Pissarro went to Rouen and stayed at a hotel overlooking the bridge. Between 8 September and 12 November, he completed 15 canvasses, including this view The Pont Boieldieu at Sunset.
Le Pont Boieldieu à Rouen, Soleil Couchant by Pissarro
There is also an interesting composition by Guillaumin: Les Environs de Paris (Oil Painting).
Les Environs de Paris (Oil Painting) by Guillaumin
Guillaumin is one of the less known Impressionist painters. He was friend with Camille Pissarro and was only able to become a full time painter after he won 100,000 Francs at the French lottery in 1891. The painting “Les Environs de Paris” was show at the third Impressionist exhibition of 1877.
Madame Renoir sculpted by Auguste Renoir
Portrait of Mademoiselle Marie Fantin-Latour - Oil painting by Henri Fantin-Latour. This portrait of the artist's sister was rejected by the Salon of 1859.
Bronze sculptures of dancers by Degas
Madame X by Modigliani
You can browse or search the entire collection on the museum main website.
Details for the museum
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH
Admission: FREE. Some exhibitions charge an admission fee.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery website
Photographs are permitted (except in a few rooms for copyright reason) provided it is not for commercial purpose and that you sign the appropriate form at the entrance desk.
The Lady Lever Art Gallery also has an extensive collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.
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