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William Holman Hunt: Painter, painting, paint Hardcover – October 30, 2006
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Carol Jacobi is Associate Lecturer in the Department of Art, Film and Visual Media, Birkbeck College and teaches History of Art at Westminster School
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WILLIAM HOLMAN HUNT: PAINTER, PAINTING, PAINT suffers from the usual maladies of post-modern academic writing. Citation and quotation substitute for genuine thought and reason. The author's psychological inability to accept any form of "truth" or "falsehood" results in a continuous, mind killing dither from position to position and theme to theme, never resting firmly enough to be pinned down. Anyone who has been through a liberal arts education in the past twenty years will understand what I mean. If you had enough of that in college, this is not the book for you. If you are working on your Ph.D on Pre-Raphaelitism, on the other hand, then this book is an essential! [but, if so, you probably know that already]
I am mystified by Jacobi's premise that Hunt's paintings are unattractive, "ugly", or aesthetically eccentric. Perhaps this is the traditional academic view and Jacobi is bound by her profession to respond to it, but Hunt's work has always been popular and considered beautiful by lay audiences. I am no art scholar, only a man among the plebeian crowd, but I find Hunt's paintings unimpeachably gorgeous. One suspects many academics' real issue with Hunt is/was not aesthetic at all, but ideological. He was one of those boring Christian-idealist types... "Oh, the horror!"
The most interesting part of the book was Jacobi's chapter on Hunt's painting materials and techniques, which any Hunt fan would enjoy.
I give this book three out of five stars, if only because it is a whole substantial volume about William Holman Hunt. There aren't enough of those. And he's my favorite.