WILLIAM HOLMAN HUNT

English painter William Holman Hunt was a founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which was a group of artists who coveted attention to detail, brilliant colors, and elaborate symbolism. Hunt himself had little artistic success early – his work was called clumsy and ugly. He started to gain recognition from religious paintings like The Light of the World, which, unfortunately, was one of his last paintings, so reaped few rewards of renown during his lifetime. Born in London to a warehouse manager, Hunt grew up a hard worker. His first job was an office clerk before he joined the Royal Academy. Like many ostentatious artists, he rejected traditional values and formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, who became a second family to him. Together they helped revitalize art by detail emphasis and observation of the natural earth. Hunt travelled plenty to achieve accurate painting depictions of rural and urban scenes. Toward the end of his life, Hunt was forced to abandon painting due to his failing eyesight, finished his final paintings only with the help of an assistant.

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