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The Victorians: British Painting, 1837-1901…

The Victorians: British Painting, 1837-1901

by Malcolm Warner

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Being an exhibition catalog, not a definitive study of the area. The catalog represents a good selection of paintings; alas and alack, the plates are separated from the commentary, necessitating lots of flipping around. ( )
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Faced with the industrial growth and intellectual challenges of the modern era, painters of Victorian Britain responded with images of contemporary realism and past idealism. The rich velvets, wet leaves, or disastrous storms of the works of Turner, Whistler, and Millais can be seen in all their glory in The Victorians: British Painting 1837-1901, catalogue to the exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Written by Malcolm Warner, curator at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, with contributions by Anne Helmreich and Charles Brock, the catalogue offers examples of work not often seen by American museum-goers. While the book is not lavishly produced, neither thin paper nor inconsistent reproduction quality can repress the richness of the paintings themselves. These luscious colors and languid figures can soften the hardest heart.

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J. M. W. Turner, John Everett Millais, Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, James Tissot, and William Holman Hunt are among the Victorian painters whose work is showcased in this elegant volume, which accompanies an exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Illustrated and discussed are not only characteristically Victorian narrative and genre paintings but also works that reflect international developments such as the European symbolist movement. From the medieval tendencies of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and other Pre-Raphaelites to the classicism of Frederic Leighton and Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Victorian painting encompassed a broad range of subjects and styles.… (more)

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