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Marc Sands, TATE
'What’s very interesting about this exhibition is what you learn as you go through it. You realise “crikey, these people really were at the sharp end of something” in a way that you would not necessarily know just by looking at the artwork itself.'
‘There will be some old favourites there, but one of the delicious bits is the William Morris ‘Bed’ and all the canvases hanging on the wall - it'll surprise lots of people that they were dealing in things other than paint works.'
'This is as much a costume drama as a show, jam-packed with heroes and villains and innocent victims.'
'A luscious painted world of romantic, highly colored, meticulously detailed treasures.'
'Now feels a perfect moment to look again at this most British of art movements, and to immerse ourselves in the world that created them, in all its familiarity and opulant strangeness.'
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How important is rebelling against the expected in art?
‘I don’t think it’s essential,but rebelling against the establishment can give art a powerful voice.'
Favourite Pre-Raphaelite piece?
‘Ophelia’ by my great grandfather John Everett Millias. I remember seeing this piece as a very little girl and being mesmerized by this beautiful, floating lady. Apparently I had to be dragged away.'
Favourite ‘Avant Garde’ artist of today?
'I really like Cornelia Parker’s work.'
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