Edward Burne–Jones joined the Pre–Raphaelite movement only at its later stage and by the time his talent found full expression he left the brotherhood in search of his own identity as an artist. Yet coming in touch with the Pre – Raphaelites, particularly Dante Gabriel Rossetti, proved to be a pivotal moment in his life. He later reminisced, ‘I was two and twenty, and had never met, or ever seen, a painter in all my life. I knew no-one who had ever seen one or been in a studio, and of all men that lived on earth, the one that I wanted to see was Rossetti.’
Edward Burne–Jones (August 28, 1833 – June 17, 1898) thrived in a number of creative activities aside painting, including stained glass art, ceramics, designing tapestries, theatre sets and so on. His association, which quickly grew into friendship, with William Morris started while studying at Oxford. They both shared a passion for poetry, an admiration of Rossetti’s art and appreciation of beauty. In 1859, Burne–Jones undertook a journey to Italy, a pilgrimage for any aspiring artist. Though he was enormously moved by the artworks in exhibition at Florence, Pisa and Venice the decorative brilliance of Sienese School of paintings affected him most.
By 1860s Burnes–Jones dedicated himself to symbolism. His symbolist paintings inspired Algernon Charles Swinburne to write and dedicate Poems & Ballads (1886) in his name. His personal life was torrid, torn between affairs with his models and the divided attention he received from his wife Georgiana. Lifelong he remained devoted to his muse art and found solace in his unceasing admiration of aestheticism,
Only this is true, that beauty is very beautiful, and softens, and inspires, and rouses, and lifts up, and never fails.