Victorian Painting

Victorian Painting

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This text presents an overview of one of the most fertile and exuberant periods in the history of art. It embraces not only the UK but also the English-speaking countries linked to England by the cultural ties of empire and emigration. Long out of fashion, Victorian painting is now enjoyed in its own right. This book is divided by themes into 22 chapters, and features anecdotes and colour illustrations from the period. It can also serve as a reference work as it features the work of some lesser-known artists, as well as the famous and well-loved more

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  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 254 x 308 x 56mm | 3,401.98g
  • Phaidon Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 600 colour illustrations, bibliography, index
  • 0714837768
  • 9780714837765

Table of contents

The Victorian art establishment; mural painting - the Fresco revival; the good and the great - portrait painting; oils versus watercolours - landscape painting; the narrative impulse - Genre painting; "virtual reality" - the panorama; sporting and animal painting; childhood and sentiment; fairy painting; "all human life is here" - cross-sections of society; the nude and classicism; the Pre-Raphaelites; the frailer sex and the fallen woman; hard times - social realism; parting - emigration and war; the last romantics - aesthetes and symbolists; impressionism in Britain; women artists; the transatlantic exchange; imperial connections - painters abroad; the end of an more

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'After [a] long decline the reputation of Victorian artists is probably higher now than it has ever been and this splendid book celebrates this fact in no uncertain terms. ... Without being overly scholarly this is an excellent guide to the art of an era that above all celebrated wealth, creativity, energy and self-confidence.' Country Landowner 'Anyone entranced by the Lloyd Webber show at the Royal Academy should acquire this massive paperback ...reproductions are excellent, and the text is quirkily informative' The Independentshow more

Review Text

'Victorian Painting' used to be a term of abuse, but that's all changed now. While we may queue to be shocked by exhibitions like 'Sensation', what many of us really want to see are paintings that tell a story, full of nostalgic visions of a long-vanished rural past. This heavyweight volume exemplifies the sea change in public taste over the past 30 years and for anyone who enjoysa bit of escapism, this is the book for you. The 626 high-quality colour plates are mostly of old favourites, from Landseer to the Pre-Raphaelites and Wilkie to Waterhouse, and are accompanied by a reliable introduction to British painting throughout the 19th century by the former curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The book is a bit thin on landscape and watercolours - perhaps Britain's greatest and most influencial contributions at the time - and there's nothing on still life, but the 22 chapters include one on women painters and a couple on US and colonial artists. Lots of fairy painters and Burne-Jones, and some stunning reproductions of 'aesthetic' maidens by the little-known friend of Whistler, Albert Moore, betray the author's own favourites, but there's something here for everyone who just enjoys looking at pictures. (Kirkus UK)show more