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Burne-Jones: The Life and Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) Hardcover – May, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart Tabori & Chang (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155670819X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556708190
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.5 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,343,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a schoolboy in Birmingham, England, Burne-Jones was already signing his name "Edouard de Bymyngham"--an early romantic impulse borne out by the life and work of this second-generation Pre-Raphaelite and leader of the aesthetic movement, whose massive output of watercolor and oil paintings, intricate pencil drawings, tapestries, stained-glass windows and other decorative objects are gathered this summer at a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit in New York City. In this richly illustrated monograph, Wood, a Victorianist and London gallery owner, provides a sometimes cursory but fervent portrait of the artist, whose often murky technique and sentimental narrative proclivities (Arthurian legend and fairy tales figure hugely) have had a checkered critical history. Although he was the first artist to be given a memorial service at Westminster Abbey, Burne-Jones's reputation eroded during the "darkest days of modernism," writes Wood. But Wood's enthusiasm, bolstered by the thoughtful testimony of Burne-Jones champion Henry James and the liberally quoted words of the artist himself, who is revealed as appealingly self-conscious and extremely adroit with language, is infectious. Wood perhaps overidealizes the lifelong friendship and collaboration with William Morris, begun at Oxford, but his retelling is moving all the same when, upon Morris's death in 1896, Burne-Jones writes that "the things that in thought are most of me, most dear and necessary, are dear and necessary to no one except Morris only." There are 80 full-color and 120 b&w images, though the lack of comparative illustrations (especially by Burne-Jones's mentor Dante Gabriel Rossetti) impedes Wood's art-historical analysis considerably. (Aug.) FYI: Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer, the official exhibition catalogue, is published by the Metroplitan Museum and distributed by Abrams. It offers more biographical detail, more illustrations and accessible, often illuminating, catalogue entries, with essays by Alan Crawford, Stephen Wildman and other critics and curators. ($75 376p ISBN 0-8109-6522-4)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By meadowreader on January 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Whoever was in charge of the layout for this book needs to find new employment. The illustrations often have no association with the text, which typically lacks any hint about where the paintings being discussed are to be found in the book, or if they are even in the book at all. For example, on pp. 65-6 is a discussion of The Days of Creation, a famous series of six pictures. Where are they? No hint. Well, they turn up on pp. 82-3, or rather four of them do, above some completely unrelated text. On pp. 68-9 is a discussion of the Perseus series. Again, where are the pictures? No hint. The four paintings turn up back on pp. 143, 146, 148, and 151, surrounded by unrelated text. There is no rhyme or reason to the way this book is put together, and finding the pictures is not helped by frequently incorrect page numbers in the Index, and occasional variant titles. The text is informative, the pictures are well reproduced, but then presented too often in a frustrating, uncoordinated jumble for the reader to search through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Peters on September 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
BURNE-JONES: THE LIFE AND WORKS OF SIR EDWARD BURNE JONES, by Christopher Wood (also writer of one of the best overall books on the Pre-Raphaelites)is a well-written account of Burne-Jones's life and work. The words convey a sense of the time and the man, while the nigh other-worldly pictures stun the senses. I can't recommend this book to fans of the Pre-Raphs and, in particular fans of Edward Burne-Jones, enough!
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4 of 23 people found the following review helpful By melanie felsher on August 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
his book would have to be good-a picture is worth a thousand words ,so how can it miss with Burne-Jones' awesome pictures in it?
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