Published by Remember When (an imprint of Pen & Sword)
216 pages fully illustrated Recommended Price £12.99
This fascinating guide book covers some 400 Victorian artists, from the famous to the long forgotten, from the classical to the advanced – and, unlike many art books, it’s fun and entertaining, looking as much at the artists’ lives as at their canvases. Who were they? How did they live? Why do we today warm to 19th century art, delighting in it more than we like art from any other century, including our own?
By the time Victoria died, the nation’s top artists, like modern pop stars, were fabulously rich, lived in mansions, and surrounded themselves with luxury. Others, outside the top bracket, struggled or starved; some drank themselves to death, some overdosed on drugs, others died lonely and disillusioned. Some had tangled love affairs, a few of which were played out and lapped up by the public.
Most art books ignore artists’ models, despite their being close, often intimately close, to the artists who painted them. But in this book they are brought out into the light, and their stories, along with those of the artists who immortalised them, are brought back to life – in all their original vibrant colours!
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THE PRE-RAPHAELITES – Back to the Future
PORTRAITURE – A Good Likeness
LANDSCAPE – The World About Us
MARINE PAINTING – Our English Coasts
GENRE – Work & Everyday Life
ANIMAL LIFE – The Pretty Baa-Lambs
HISTORICAL – Great Moments in History
FOREIGN CLIMES – Religion and Palestine
NEOCLASSICISM – In the Tepidarium (Now, That’s What I Call a Picture)
SCULPTURE – Portraits in Stone
FANTASY & SYMBOLISM – The Fairy Feller’s Master Stroke
DECORATIVE & AESTHETIC –Fin de siècle, Still Life, Nudes
A CENTURY OF BLACK & WHITE – Printmakers, Engravers & Caricaturists
ILLUSTRATION – Art for the Millions
ARTISTS AND MODELS – Close Relationships
WHERE TO SEE THE PICTURES
INDEX OF THE ARTISTS
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