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Victorian Painting Hardcover – October 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; First U. S. Edition edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821223267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821223260
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 10.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,742,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Wood, an expert in the art of the Victorian period, sets out to prove the wealth and diversity of English Victorian painting, placing it in the social context of its time. The discussion of issues such as the rise of middle-class patronage, the increasing importance of the dealer, and the emergence of museums helps situate Victorian painting. Wood's major premise is that Victorian art was not only a popular means of illustrating modern life but that it also continued the earlier phase of 19th-century Romanticism through its passion for history and literary illusion. These themes are reflected in the 28 thematic chapters. Unlike Lionel Lambourne's Victorian Painting (LJ 12/99), which is more international and comprehensive in scope, Wood focuses solely on England and the artists who worked there. Lambourne also touches more on contemporary art historical methodology as seen, for example, in his much stronger feminist take on the role of Victorian women in society. And the design of Wood's book tends to feel more cramped than Lambourne's, with images often squeezed onto the page or cropped to fit. Yet Wood's book is still a strong offering on the subject and is recommended for both large libraries with general book collections and for those that support programs in art and art research.DSandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll., MA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

"Christopher Wood is Britain's leading writer and broadcaster on the subject of Victorian art. For thirteen years he worked for the London auction house Christie's, becoming director of nineteenth-century paintings. Presently he runs his own gallery in London, specializing in Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian art."

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Abby B. on April 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What a gorgeous book! I have a rather extensive collection of books on Victorian painting and painters, and this one is the best! Christopher Wood covers everything from the Pre-Raphaelites on through Waterhouse and the Romantics and on to the start of impressionism. It is full of beautiful color and B&W illustrations - many of which are not seen in other books of the same subject. The text is easy to read and understand. Very highly recommended!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wyota on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I feel the other reviewers are being a bit too generous. There are a few nice, large, illustrations in this book but most aren't big enough. The ratio of text to illustrations is a lot greater than I expected or desired. That may or may not be an issue for you, depending on your wants or needs. I'm more interesting in seeing and studying the works than I am about the history, background, or motivations of the artists and movements.

If your desire is a variety of large, detailed, quality color illustrations to study then you should search elsewhere. If you can live with a mix of B&W and color images of varying size and detail, and you like to read, then this book may very well be to your liking.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Breathtaking paintings and the author covers practically 99% of the era, my favorite sections are dealing with the painter Waterhouse and Lord Leighton, beautiful! I am definitely adding this to my collection of art books!
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