Charles Allston Collins
British, 1828 - 1873
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Charles Allston Collins, son of the academician, William Collins (and brother of Wilkie Collins, the novelist) was a conventionally academic painter before his friendship with Millais in 1850 led him to change his style.
Convent Thoughts, his most famous work, was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1851, where it shared in the general denunciation by the critics of all things Pre-Raphaelite. The Times wrote:
'We cannot censure at present as amply or as strongly as we desire to do, that strange disorder of the mind or the eyes, which continues to rage with unabated absurdity among a class of juvenile artists who style themselves the PRB.'
Collins' picture is typical of the early, gothic phase of the movement, and the religious piety of these works led many critics to accuse the painters of being Roman Catholic sympathizers. The mood of Convent Thoughts is certainly similar to Rossetti's early paintings, but the flowers and the garden reflect Millais' influence.
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