Pre-Raphaelite Drawing

Pre-Raphaelite Drawing

by Colin Cruise
     
 

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A comprehensive and superbly illustrated study that reveals for the first time how drawing was central to the activity of making art for the Pre-Raphaelites.
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of radical young artists who banded together in London in 1848. This book explores the vital role played by drawing and design in the work of the Brotherhood and

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A comprehensive and superbly illustrated study that reveals for the first time how drawing was central to the activity of making art for the Pre-Raphaelites.
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of radical young artists who banded together in London in 1848. This book explores the vital role played by drawing and design in the work of the Brotherhood and their associates and followers. Alongside nudes and figure studies are the group’s portraits, self-portraits, and caricatures that were often exchanged as gifts between friends; delicate studies of nature by John Ruskin and John Brett; scenes derived from religious, literary, and medieval sources; captivating studies of the iconic Pre-Raphaelite models Lizzie Siddal and Jane Morris; and original designs for stained glass, textiles, and ceramics.
The book explores the full variety of Pre-Raphaelite drawing and demonstrates the impact that it had on turn-of-the-century British art movements such as Aestheticism, Symbolism, and Art Nouveau. Illustrated with the most important Pre-Raphaelite drawings from public and private collections in Britain—including striking works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, and Edward Burne- Jones that have never before been exhibited or reproduced—it offers an intimate look into the enchanting world of the Pre-Raphaelites.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Cruise's (art, Aberystwyth Univ., Wales; Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites) book accompanies an exhibition at the Birmingham Art Museum in England, the most comprehensive survey to date of Pre-Raphaelite works on paper. The exhibition stemmed from the museum's large collection of Pre-Raphaelite drawings donated in 1906 by the artist Charles Fairfax Murray. The book successfully demonstrates that the art of drawing was of central importance to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and its associates. Without a doubt, the four artists emphasized in these pages—William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Edward Burne-Jones—were gifted draftsmen. Other Pre-Raphaelite artists are examined as well, however, as is the diverse subject matter they depicted. Chapters are devoted to academic drawings, particularly of nudes; the exploration of nature in drawings, as influenced by the ideas of John Ruskin; portraits and caricatures; the influence of subjects taken from modern life as well as from biblical and medieval sources; Pre-Raphaelite book illustration; and how drawings were used in the design of stained glass, tiles, furniture, textiles, and other decorative arts. VERDICT This beautifully illustrated book is recommended for readers interested in 19th-century English art and design.—Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Univ. Lib., MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500290293
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
02/28/2012

Meet the Author

Colin Cruise has lectured and published widely on Victorian art,
literature, and religion. Since 2006 he has been a research lecturer at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University, Wales.

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