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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing; New in Paperback edition (22 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854377264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854377265
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Highly recommended. --Library Journal

Comprehensively illustrated, clearly written and introduces the reader to many invigorating new ideas. --Times Literary Supplement

This book goes a long way in offering some fresh visions of a favourite subject. --Susan P. Casteras, Pre-Raphaelite Studies

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Elizabeth Prettejohn is Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol. She is the author of Rossetti and his Circle (1997), editor of After the Pre-Raphaelites: Art and Aestheticism in Victorian England (1999), and author of Beauty and Art 1750-2000 (2005).


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This must be the best book ever written on Pre-Raphaelite art and it will surely stand as a classic text for many years to come. It was first published in 2000 and a new edition appeared as a paperback in 2007. Although the book is scholarly, Prettejohn wears her scholarship lightly and she writes beautifully, so you find it hard to put it down. Just read her Prologue, an account of Millais's Mariana, and you will be hooked. Her aim is ambitious: it is to demolish a common view, expressed, among others, by Stephen Spender that Pre-Raphaelitism was an insular movement of English artists that led nowhere. Instead, she argues that Pre-Raphaelite art should be considered on equal terms with the great French art of the period and of equal significance as a progenitor of much modern art. Just like French art, the influence of Pre-Raphaelite art extends beyond national boundaries such that movements like Aestheticism, Symbolism, Surrealism, Neo-Romanticism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco are unimaginable without Pre-Raphaelitism.
Prettejohn's main thesis is that Pre-Raphaelitism was an avant-garde movement and much of the book is taken up by explaining the way in which the movement was truly revolutionary. Unlike the French Impressionists, who attacked the establishment from below with everyday scenes and landscapes, the Pre-Raphaelites attacked the Royal Academy from above with paintings dealing with serious issues of politics, religion and literature. But it was the way that they made these paintings that was revolutionary. Instead of organising their pictures in the traditional manner using masses of light and shadow, with a central theme, the Pre-Raphaelites organised their paintings in patterns of line and bright colour that abhorred symmetry.
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great book! just as described.
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informative with a lot of good illustrations written in an accessible way
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Well written.
Good reproductions of the paintings.
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