Magazine article Tate Etc.

They Shook Me

Magazine article Tate Etc.

They Shook Me

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Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde at Tate Britain II - The guitarist and founder of Led Zeppelin is a fan and collector of the art of the Pre-Raphaelites. He talks to Tate Etc. about his lifelong passion

I have had a passion for the PreRaphaelites since my early teens. I would have initially seen them as reproductions, but I remember a visit to Tate and encountering the actual paintings. They had a profound effect on me. It was quite an experiencethe realism of theirtechnique along with the idealism, and of course the romanticism.

This was before I attended art college. Most people would assumethat it was there that I was first exposed to their work, but actually the teaching and syllabus of that time was much more to do with modern art and using modern materials -acrylics in particular-so oil painting, particularly of earlier styles, was not championed. My study of PreRaphaelitism, if you need to call itthat, was therefore entirely self-driven and a personal quest.

As you know, this art was selling for mere hundreds of pounds atthe time, but I was a student and didn't have that kind of money to buy it. However, as soon as I was in a position to do so, I indulged myself. …

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