5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A very interesting 'catalogue',
This review is from: Pre Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-garde (Hardcover)
If you like the Pre-Raphaelites then this is certainly worth getting. I've not had a chance to see the exhibition or read through all the essays but this is a nicely produced volume and I have greatly enjoyed looking at the reproductions and reading up about the individual paintings.
My two major criticism (hence 4 & not 5 stars) are:
* why not print landscape pictures as landscape. As it is they are rather small surrounded by acres of white space making them hard to 'see'.
* I would like more information about what each picture is actually 'about'. A lot about who and when but not so much about 'what'. Actually knowing what the PRB were drawing from really enhances my appreciation of the artwork.
Overall I would recommend buying this before going to exhibition but that's a personal 'thing'.
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Initial post: 16 Mar 2013 10:31:07 GMT
I am afraid the 'white space' issue is a modern plague in art publishing. Also the inexplicable darkness of many illustrations and the appalling colour balance. Technology must have improved but publishers haven't.
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