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Millais [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Jason Rosenfeld , Alison Smith
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12 Sep 2007
John Everett Millais spreadheaded one of the most radically modern artistic groups in the history of British art, the Pre-Raphaelites. This catalogue takes a blanced view of his career, using new scholarship to explore his vital contribution.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (12 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854376675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854376671
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 23.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason Rosenfeld
Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History,
Marymount Manhattan College

B.A. Duke University
M.A. Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Ph.D. Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Jason Rosenfeld has been a member of the faculty at Marymount since fall 2003. Dr. Rosenfeld received his B.A. from Duke University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University with a dissertation titled "New Languages of Nature in Victorian England: The Pre-Raphaelite Landscape, Natural History and Modern Architecture in the 1850s." He has previously taught at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, New York University, and Queens College, New York. Academic interests include British art, specifically Victorian, modern architecture, and contemporary art.

He has published many articles and reviews on British art and architecture and contemporary art and has been a frequent reviewer for Art in America and ARTNews. He was a co-curator of the exhibition, "The Post-Pre-Raphaelite Print" at the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, in 1995, and contributed to the "Pre-Raphaelite and Other Masters: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection" exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 2003. He also contributed an essay to the catalogue of Marcel Dzama's exhibtion at the David Zwirner Gallery, New York, in 2005. Recent research interests have revolved around the life and career of the Victorian painter Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896) and his monograph on that artist for Phaidon Press Ltd. will be published in 2012. In addition, he co-curated the major exhibition on Millais at Tate Britain, London, the National Gallery of British Art, with Alison Smith, Senior Curator of Paintings, which traveled to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, followed by venues in Fukuoka and Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition was seen by in excess of 660,000 visitors. He is also co-curator of the exhibition "Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde" to be seen at Tate Britain in September 2012, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., in February 2013, the Pushkin Museum, Moscow in June 2013, and the Mori Art Gallery in Tokyo in September 2013.

Dr. Rosenfeld has been named Distinguished Chair at Marymount Manhattan College for the period 2009-2012. In addition, he is the lead contributor to a monograph on the contemporary American artist, Stephen Hannock, published by Hudson Hills Press in the summer of 2009. And he curated and wrote the catalogue for the exhibition, "Stephen Hannock, Recent Paintings: Vistas with Text," held at Marlborough Gallery, New York, 25 April - 2 June, 2012.

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About the Author

Jason Rosenfeld is Assistant Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College, New York. Alison Smith is a Curator at Tate Britain specialising in nineteenth-century British art.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent catalogue 15 Jan 2012
This book is the catalogue of an exhibition held at Tate Britain, London in 2007-8.

It is an excellent catalogue, of the type which cannot be encountered very often anymore nowadays.

There are two short essays:
Jason Rosenfeld, 'Millais in his time and ours', 10
'proposes some ways of inserting him [Millais] into the broader currents of cultural production in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, into what might be called a borderless art history, and of providing inspiration to artists in the wider strands of visual culture into the present time.'
Alison Smith, '"The Poetic Image": The art of John Everett Millais', 14
about 'Millais in literature', 'New for Old', 'Psychology', 'Pathos and Poetry'.

Then, the catalogue per se counts 139 numbers, with each work given an individual notice, with the provenance, bibliography, exhibition history, and analysis. The catalogue is divided in 7 chronological parts introduced by a general blurb before the individual entries:
Romance and Modern Genre,
The Grand Tradition,
Fancy Pictures,
The Late Landscapes.

Warmly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well bound and illustrated but short of biographical 4 Dec 2008
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The book combines pictures and text half and half. The pictures are mostly half the size of the page, but there are also full size pictures, and a great quality they are. This, actually, is the best in the book. The text, on the other hand, is too small in print, too narrowly restricted to the comment of the work in question or its relation to the time in the painter's life. But it lacks a more fluid narrative of the painter's life. Of course it is not a biography, but it doesn't need to be strictly a biography. It could, and should, have interrelated more fluidly both with the painter's life and his works. The language used isn't that technical, which I deeply appreciate.

Otherwise it's quite a complete set of his finest works. A delight to the eye, although the man keeps being a distant mystery to me, even with his paintings present.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent work with a few shortcomings 20 Mar 2010
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For anyone interested in Millais or in Victorian art generally this is a must buy. Many, if not most, illustrations occupy a single page and all appear to be in accurate colors which are vivid and sharp. In addition, many images are accompanied by an analysis, usually on the facing page. And the scope is wide: It covers Millais's career through the years of his declining popularity when the public's interest moved toward impressionism. Then he was undertaking landscape works which are rarely seen in other descriptions of his paintings. In short, this is the definitive examination of his output.
Even so the book is not all it could have been. I am not capable of critically commenting on the text and its analyses. However, I know what I like to see in an illustration. Millais often painted works that were wider than tall. In this book these are presented across the page. This leaves all kinds of white space above and below that could have been used by turning the image ninety degrees thereby presenting a larger image. Nor are all images full-paged. Many are reduced to three by two and a quarter inches. Surprisingly some of the most well-known paintings are less than a full page: for me most notable are "The Boyhood of Raleigh" and "Trust Me." Both are quite shrunken and the latter is not even analyzed. Perhaps the editors deemed that they were too well-known to merit full display.
Although the reader may occasionally grit her or his teeth at the miniaturizing of a favorite, the book is worth the price for its coverage of a marvelous painter.
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