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The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites / Elizabeth Prettejohn (Anglais) Relié – 1 janvier 2000

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Worthy addition to any art lover's library 5 janvier 2001
Par Lesley West - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is a beautifully presented book, with ample glossy pictures on good quality paper, and intelligent comment on the artists and the art. In addition it gives the reader some good background of the times and lives of these wonderful artists.
For a long time Pre-Raphaelite art was dismissed as "ktchy" and sentimental, but even a quick perusal of this book will show you images you recognise and have probably long admired.
It is a lovely book, both a worthy addition to any coffee table collection and also for any well stocked reference library.
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Pre-Raphaelites - a Modern Movement? 2 avril 2006
Par Jill M. Pease - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Elizabeth Prettejohn introduces her thesis in the Prologue and continues to weave it throughout her sumptuously illustrated "The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites." It is her contention that Pre-Raphaelite art should not be dismissed from the history of modern art but should constitute one of the legitimate modern art movements, equal to those developed in France. She designates several criteria to support her thesis, one of them being originality. The minutely detailed paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites convey a definite "truth to nature," as if the artist had observed in nature these particular details. For example, the unique clump of reeds in Millais' "Ophelia" of 1851-52 appears to have been viewed exactly as it is shown in the painting. This very specific detail was new in English painting and broke with previous tradition. This sense of originality or breaking with tradition is what the Pre-Raphaelites shared with the French Impressionists.

In addition, the author gives a rich history of the artists and their art and includes the art created by the female Pre-Raphaelite artists in the first part of the book, "Stories of Pre-Raphaelitism." The second part, "Studies in Pre-Raphaelitism" discusses recent research in such subjects as technique, Pre-Raphaelite realism, gender and sexuality, and contexts for Pre-Raphaelitism. The book is articulately written and free from the erudite jargon of art history. It is a book that will inform and delight both the general reader and the informed art historian.
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A Beautiful Book 22 juillet 2002
Par Katherine Woodbury - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The Pre-Raphaelites are one of the oddest and most English groups of artists from the Victorian/Impressionist age. The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites by Elizabeth Prettejohn helped me to understand the motives of the artists concerned (why pre-Raphael as opposed to pre-anyone else?) and their connection to the overall styles of art during the mid-1800s (both in England and abroad). The book is well-written and beautifully illustrated, containing one of the most complete sets of Pre-Raphaelite paintings I've seen in an art book.
Ms Prettejohn does a noble job of defending Pre-Raphaelite art and as a devotee I have no real argument with her position. Nevertheless, I'm not sure I believe that non-appreciation of Pre-Raphaelite art is due only to the heirarchy of Western Art (i.e. it is "politically correct" to prefer Monet to Hunt). It is possible that the Pre-Raphaelites were . . . well . . . just not as good as their Impressionist neighbors. I'm not an Impressionist fan myself. On the other hand, I LIKE Raphael.
Whether or not the Pre-Raphaelites are good or great or master painters, they deserve thorough study. This Ms Prettejohn has accomplished.
Recommendation: It's beautiful. Buy it, especially if you a Pre-Raphaelite devotee.
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A masterly and insightful account 28 octobre 2012
Par A. D. Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This must be the best book ever written on Pre-Raphaelite art and it will surely stand as a classic text for many years to come. It was first published in 2000 and a new edition appeared as a paperback in 2007. Although the book is scholarly, Prettejohn wears her scholarship lightly and she writes beautifully, so you find it hard to put it down. Just read her Prologue, an account of Millais's Mariana, and you will be hooked. Her aim is ambitious: it is to demolish a common view, expressed, among others, by Stephen Spender that Pre-Raphaelitism was an insular movement of English artists that led nowhere. Instead, she argues that Pre-Raphaelite art should be considered on equal terms with the great French art of the period and of equal significance as a progenitor of much modern art. Just like French art, the influence of Pre-Raphaelite art extends beyond national boundaries such that movements like Aestheticism, Symbolism, Surrealism, Neo-Romanticism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco are unimaginable without Pre-Raphaelitism.
Prettejohn's main thesis is that Pre-Raphaelitism was an avant-garde movement and much of the book is taken up by explaining the way in which the movement was truly revolutionary. Unlike the French Impressionists, who attacked the establishment from below with everyday scenes and landscapes, the Pre-Raphaelites attacked the Royal Academy from above with paintings dealing with serious issues of politics, religion and literature. But it was the way that they made these paintings that was revolutionary. Instead of organising their pictures in the traditional manner using masses of light and shadow, with a central theme, the Pre-Raphaelites organised their paintings in patterns of line and bright colour that abhorred symmetry. These features can be seen in the great painting, Isabella, done in 1849 when Millais was just 19. In contrast to the traditional hierarchical approach, in which the less important elements of a painting are subordinated to the more important, the Pre-Raphaelites did not prejudge what was important. They started with the particular and allowed the whole to emerge. So when we look at a Pre-Raphaelite painting, we become immersed in the detail, the smallest element that can be given its own distinctive identity. In this form of `realism' there is no need to conceptualise in advance some larger truth of the whole. "The Pre-Raphaelites empower us to see more than we expect: more colour, more detail, more light. They never relieve us from the intense effort to see as much as possible, or even more. This may be disconcerting or even frightening. But it may also be exhilarating." (note the elegance of Prettejohn's writing). Prettejohn argues that the Pre-Raphaelite insistence on preserving the individual identity of each detail contravenes traditional demands for pictorial unity more dramatically than the Impressionists did. She suggests that the Pre-Raphaelites' approach should be seen not just as an act of defiance but as a coherent set of techniques for seeing the world afresh, for calling previously unregarded `truths' to attention. Prettejohn claims that Pre-Raphaelite pictures consistently give us more to look at than most other kinds of visual art. "The pictures do not prescribe a hierarchy of viewing patterns that might finalise the interpretative process. Instead they encourage us never to stop looking, or stop thinking about what we see.... that is the distinctive character of the art of the Pre-Raphaelites."
The book includes an excellent chapter on the rather neglected women artists of the Pre-Raphaelite time, a useful glossary of names, a chronology and an extensive annotated bibliography. Fortunately, the publishers have done the author proud: the illustrations are superb: sharp, and accurate in tone and colour balance.
This truly wonderful book is full of deep insights; almost every other page has some striking point that makes you think. It is safe to predict that no-one who reads this book will ever feel or think as they used to about these great artists.
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Very Nice Overview of Pre-Raphaelite Art 25 novembre 2005
Par Dai-keag-ity - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
What's good about this anthology of Pre-Raphaelite artwork is that it avoids the pitfall of its contributing commentators being too wordy (and self-aggrandizing?) and sticks to succinct descriptions, while showcasing the art and letting the wordless expressions of the paintings speak for themselves. After all, one glance at a painting is worth a whole chapter of text describing it. I think that's often forgotten in books about art. The Pre-Raphealites were the last of the 19th century Romantics, a sort of visual version of the Romantic poets of earlier in the century, and the imagination that went into their works tells us much about their era and the Brotherhood's rebellion against the staid industrial age virtues of their time and place.
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