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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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The original approach of Ford Madox Brown has made many of his paintings ideally suited to art print reproductions. His style was to use bright colours and strong detail, drawing him considerable numbers of followers over the past century.

He was a master of both figurative and landscape painting, sometimes combining the two together. His influences were also diverse, meaning his eventual style will prick the interest of a wide range of followers of British art. He took on board the social commentary delivered in the prints of William Hogarth but his artistic style was very much in keeping with the values of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This combination provides a fascinating and uplifting oeuvre that no other artist matched in quite the same way. His most famous paintings such as Work, The Last of England and Pretty Baa-Lambs are considered some of the finest in all British art history and his reputation still remains strong over a century later.

The style used by the artist is colourful and therefore best suited to simply coloured frames, allowing the original artwork to take the main focus. You might consider a small card to sit between the two, which again allows the beautiful painting, whichever is your choice, to grab your attention and allow everything else to work as a support to it. Brown's career has given us many choices to pick from and the years that have passed since allows us to purchase art print reproductions without worrying about any copyright laws. This also helps to keep the costs down, although it is important to pick the right retailer who is able to provide the most accurate and faithful reproductions as others will deliver inaccurate and poor quality prints which will lose the beauty of the original Ford Madox Brown painting.

All the Victorian-age artists have lost their copyright protection because of the many years that have passed since their deaths. As such, no additional fees are incurred by retailers and so artists from this era are a little cheaper than more modern artists. They are also able to more easily offer a full catalogue of the artist's work, with most remaining in the public domain and particularly accessible. Our paintings section features a good number of the artist's best work and you will find all of these available as art prints from most major stores online. Customising options alongside them include the framing mentioned as well as different types of covers, such as plastic or glass. The print itself can also be produced in different qualities of print, with a wider variety of colour or more precise detail, with all dependant on your particular budget.

Who else, besides Ford Madox Brown, might you consider for an art print? There are plenty of related artists that might also match your taste. A similarly bright colour scheme and huge attention to detail could be found in Holman Hunt prints, whilst the most popular choice from this era remains John William Waterhouse, whose most famous paintings included Lady of Shalott and Hylas and the Nymphs. Some may wish to go back further to the Romanticist paintings of artists like William Turner, who gave us Fighting Temeraire.

The painting displayed in this page is Pretty Baa-Lambs, with a more detailed image found below. The level of detail is extraordinary, and all these years later it still feels as if we are all there in the scene ourselves. The multi-coloured patchwork of the agricultural fields of the UK can be found within this painting, featured in the background alongside a shoreline which drifts into the picture. In the furthest background are a few small sailing boats which journey across the waters, keeping relatively close to the shore. In the absolute background there is a vague region of land, only identifiable once we know where the foreground is located. Much can be learnt from the artist's other paintings from around this period in order to predict its likely spot.

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