Enter the romantic world of Edward Burne-Jones. With the success of the recent television series, there has been a renewed interest in the Pre-Raphaelites and one of its chief exponents - Burne-Jones. This is a beautifully illustrated book accompanied by learned text. No fan would want to be without this. Thirteen essays by different authors explore Burne-Jones' work and provide a complete guide to understanding his work. Quotations from contemporaries like William Morris are scattered throughout making interesting reading. This book brings to life the very essence and spirit of the Pre-Raphaelites. Work includes sketchbook work, drawings, woodcuts and paintings. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
Having been a Pre-Raphaelite fan since I first discovered them in 1971, I am always interested in any new book about my favourite artists. Having read the two reviews on Amazon, I purchased this book. Unlike the previous reviewers I WAS disappointed. I expected the photos to be shiny! All my other art books are printed on glossy paper and this is the best way to represent the true colours of the paintings. In this book they look so dull. I would also have liked a much larger representation of Burne-Jones' last (and largest) painting, The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon, which was unfinished when he died. To my great regret I was unaware that this wonderful painting had been exhibited in the Tate a couple of years' ago, whilst the art gallery in Puerto Rico was being refurbished. This was particularly galling as the painting had not been included in the Birmingham Burne-Jones exhibition several years earlier, owing to the prohibitive cost of the transportation insurance! I haven't had time to read the text yet, and I'm sure it will be informative, but, as a previous reviewer noted, it's the reproduction of the paintings that's important, and for me, the book is sadly lacking in this respect.
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The book had to provide good illustrative work done by the artist.After all, what is the point of puschasing such a book if the paintings and drawings are not depicted clearly. I was not dissapointed. Each painting of importance is illustrated on one whole page. There are details of the sketches and drawings that were done before each painting. What and who influenced Burne-Jones; in Particular his partnership with William Morris, who was of a great influence to the Artist and the book depicts some of the work that they did together. On the whole it is a very imformative book on the artists life, but also a very beautiful book to own.