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This review is from: Joanna, George, and Henry: A Pre-Raphaelite Tale of Art, Love and Friendship (Hardcover)
I thought the works of Henry and George were excellent. I particularly enjoyed the rural landscapes and royal scenes. Unfortunately, Joanna's pictures left me rather cold as I didn't like her style, but that's just me. I found the author's style of writing a bit tedious and hardgoing, rather like a university textbook, it felt that it was for people heavily into the arts rather than people who were just interested in reading about people, and artists' lives.
The book didn't have more paintings by George which was disappointing and I would have liked to have seen more miniatures by Henry.
Joanna was a bit of a tease it was said but the book didn't appear to show us that side, unless I missed a few sentences. A bit of humour would have made it less stiff. Though it was about Joanna, George and Henry the author appeared to pad the book with works from other famous artists.
It was sad and poignant at the end when Joanna died during childbirth. Childbirth even nowadays has that risk of death, and it is just a waste of a woman's intellectual life. Women should think about whether they'd want to be 'sacrificed'.Fortunately nowadays women have a lot of choice whether to have children or not and they can have a career instead which may be more rewarding. For Joanna, it was a different era and there was pressure to produce. This book raises awareness how dangerous childbirth can be, particularly if there are complications. I would have liked to have read more about her and feminism. There was a little too much emphasis of a 'love story'.
There is little in the book how the family coped after her early death, what happened to the children, how the family's art perhaps changed, who looked after the children, how the children coped without a mother, which of the family looked after them, how her interfering mother coped..... there was a lot of important human things missing towards the end.
I recommend this book is either given to you or to get from the library, it was quite expensive.