Friday, September 16, 2011

More Fiona - Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination - reviews

BBC History Magazine

Fiona MacCarthy, author of a previous tome on William Morris, is an expert on Victorian art, sensibility and personalities. She does justice to Burne-Jones’s immense output. Long as it is, her book is never dull. But it is the human drama that keeps one turning the pages.

I wish I were more susceptible to Ned’s dream visions of scenes of chivalry and Arthurian legend. But his stunners are indeed stunning. It irks me that I have never come across such amazing women in life. Where were they - those pale, intense goddesses of yearning with their enveloping bronze tresses?
Perhaps - just a suspicion - they never really looked like that except through the fervent eyes and paintbrushes of Rossetti and his chum, Burne-Jones?


bright star said...

I am enjoying this book so much! I think the women looked like that for a glamorous moment in the artists eye. Something like the auras that the likes of Monroe and the other screen goddesses could evoke. Angela

Hermes said...

I think particularly with BJ, understanding his life is important in understanding his pictures. Why are most of his women so sexless ? Why do they not look at each other?