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Burne Jones [Paperback]

Christopher Wood
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10 Jun 1999
1998 is the centenary of Burne-Jones' death. Through his lifelong association with William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites, Burne-Jones became one of the major figures in the late-19th-century art world. This book reveals his importance as a painter and designer.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New edition edition (10 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753807270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753807279
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 26 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Christopher Wood is England¿s leading writer and broadcaster on Victorian art. Educated at St John¿s College, Cambridge, he spent fourteen years working at the London auction house, Christie¿s, becoming director of nineteenth-century paintings. He started his own gallery, specialising in Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian art, in 1977, and now works privately in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A sumptuously illustrated rare treat 10 Dec 2002
This stunning book introduces the work of an gifted painter with phenomenal skills. Do not be put off by the fact that Burne-Jones lived in Victorian times : this book re-examines his work in a contemporary context and we discover that he was in fact part pre-Raphaelite, part Symbolist, part Italian Renaissance and - somewhat unexpectedly - an early pioneer of Surrealism. His enchanting compositions illustrate a world populated by nymphs, magicians, King Arthur and sorceresses. His use of colour is a revelation to the eye and his drawing is a fascinating accomplishment in itself. Christopher Wood's text is stimulating and informative, complementing the artwork well. Buy this beautiful book, chock full of beautiful paintings, and you will come to realise that Burne-Jones was a truly exceptional artist and should be recognised world-wide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable artist 6 Feb 2011
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
This large-format, lavishly illustrated book contains a wealth of less familiar paintings alongside the well-known favourites. Burne Jones was a commercially successful artist whose work was very highly regarded in his lifetime. The public taste of late Victorian England wanted knights and damsels, and Burne Jones produced them in quantity.

Among the most interesting illustrations are a number of small drawings and caricatures which show that Burne-Jones' devotion to his idealised vision was a choice, and not a result of creative limitations. Christopher Wood thoroughly explores the artist's professional career in the context of the state of English art in the late 19th century, the Pre-Raphaelites, the Aesthetic movement, and Burne-Jones' contemporaries. The text also traces his awareness of later artistic movements such as Symbolism and early Surrealism, and speculates about his influence on Picasso, among other continental figures. In the light of this, the consistency of style in Burne Jones' work over the years is all the more remarkable. He defined painting as "a beautiful romantic dream" and "a reflection of a reflection of something purely imaginary", and he remained true to his singular vision to the end of his life.

Readers interested in the early Pre-Raphaelites and their commitment to realism should try Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature. For a broad overview of the Pre-Raphaelites in the context of other similar movements, try The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly organized 18 Jan 2012
By meadowreader - Published on
Whoever was in charge of the layout for this book needs to find new employment. The illustrations often have no association with the text, which typically lacks any hint about where the paintings being discussed are to be found in the book, or if they are even in the book at all. For example, on pp. 65-6 is a discussion of The Days of Creation, a famous series of six pictures. Where are they? No hint. Well, they turn up on pp. 82-3, or rather four of them do, above some completely unrelated text. On pp. 68-9 is a discussion of the Perseus series. Again, where are the pictures? No hint. The four paintings turn up back on pp. 143, 146, 148, and 151, surrounded by unrelated text. There is no rhyme or reason to the way this book is put together, and finding the pictures is not helped by frequently incorrect page numbers in the Index, and occasional variant titles. The text is informative, the pictures are well reproduced, but then presented too often in a frustrating, uncoordinated jumble for the reader to search through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Work of a Pre-Raphaelite Master 20 Sep 2012
By M. L. Peters - Published on
BURNE-JONES: THE LIFE AND WORKS OF SIR EDWARD BURNE JONES, by Christopher Wood (also writer of one of the best overall books on the Pre-Raphaelites)is a well-written account of Burne-Jones's life and work. The words convey a sense of the time and the man, while the nigh other-worldly pictures stun the senses. I can't recommend this book to fans of the Pre-Raphs and, in particular fans of Edward Burne-Jones, enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 5 Aug 2000
By melanie felsher - Published on
his book would have to be good-a picture is worth a thousand words ,so how can it miss with Burne-Jones' awesome pictures in it?
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