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2009 Pre-Raphaelite Project

During the summer of 2008, Maud Taber-Thomas was awarded a research fellowship from Bowdoin College to study the philosophy and painting techniques of the Pre-Raphaelites. The Pre-Raphaelite painters draw their subjects from literature, mythology, and history. They rebelled against the accepted techniques of the time by developing an innovative style of painting: glazing transparent layers of pure color over a white background to create brilliant, glowing colors. For this project, in the spirit of the Pre-Raphaelites, Maud created five portraits depicting characters from literature—Coleridge’s poetry, Oscar Wilde’s novel, and the Bible—using the painting techniques of the Pre-Raphaelites. This project opened the door to her lifelong passion for painting literary portraits.

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