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The New Painting of the 1860s: Between the Pre-Raphaelites and the Aesthetic Movement (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art the Paul Mello) Hardcover – November 8, 2011

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“[A] superb study of painting in England during the 1860s . . . Giving a chapter to each artist, Staley considers their personal background, private life, and personality—but only insofar as it helps to elucidate, picture by picture, the complex creative process whereby stylistic change takes place. It is a tour de force.”—Richard Dorment, New York Review of Books
(Richard Dorment The New York Review of Books)

 Shortlisted for the 2013 Historians of British Art Book Prize in the Post-1800 category, given by the Historians of British Art.
(2013 Historians of British Art Short List in the Post-1800 category Historians of British Art 2013-01-25)

Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2012 for Fine Arts within the Humanities category.
(Outstanding Academic Title Choice 2013-06-11)

“Staley’s book is perfect for scholars who care about artists’ careers . . . surely the many delicious images and stunning details of brushwork and colour would delight anyone.”—Julie F. Codell, Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies
(Julie F. Codell Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies)

About the Author

Allen Staley is professor emeritus of art history, Columbia University.
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  • Series: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art the Paul Mello
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre BA; F First Edition edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300175671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300175677
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.6 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,839,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Fischer on April 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I always welcome a new book on British 19th century painting, so I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, it proved to be a disappointment. What frustrated me the most was the large number of black and white illustrations, which is especially bad in the case of these painters, who worked so intensely with vivid colours. I haven't counted every illustration, but took one chapter as an example: About 60% of the paintings were in black and white only. This definitely doesn't do them justice. Add to that a text that may appeal to an art student looking for a bit of information on paintings, but is otherwise quite uninteresting, and the book as a whole is simply disappointing. A lot of the text is about topics like which other painting or poem influenced a painting, or whether or not a painter who painted male nudes may have been homosexual. There are more interesting studies to be made, in my opinion. But as I wrote, what's worse are the many black and white illustrations. I would expect better in such a new title. (This used to be normal in older books; but things have considerably improved in the last few years.) Other recent books provide a much better quality in this regard. I returned the book to amazon and wouldn't recommend buying it.
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