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Millais at the Tate

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Sleeping, 1865, a partial view of the painting

John Everett Millais (1829-1896) was a child prodigy who became part of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and then supposedly dissipated his gifts in paintings of more popular appeal. The Tate's new exhibit suggests otherwise.

His exquisite paintings of romantic, unhappy women appeal to many people. His big Scottish landscapes are less well-known. They look wonderful. They seem to be painted for love of the earth. At the Tate it will be possible to get close to them and the haunting Ophelia.

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Lingering Autumn, 1890

The Tate’s exhibit opens today and runs through January 13. Early reviewers say the painter's genius glows.

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