The Last Pre-Raphaelite

Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination

Fiona MacCarthy
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A wonderful evocation of a highly celebrated period of art history from one of the most acclaimed biographers of our time.

From the prize winning author of William Morris comes a new biography of Edward Burne-Jones, the greatest British artist of the second half of the nineteenth century.

The angels on our Christmas cards, the stained glass in our churches, the great paintings in our galleries - Edward Burne-Jones's work is all around us. The most admired British artist of his generation, he was a leading figure with Oscar Wilde in the aesthetic movement of the 1880s, inventing what became a widespread 'Burne-Jones look'. The bridge between Victorian and modern art, he influenced not just his immediate circle but artists such as Klimt and Picasso.

In this gripping book Fiona MacCarthy explores and re-evaluates his art and life - his battle against vicious public hostility, the romantic susceptibility to female beauty that would inspire his art and ruin his marriage, his ill health and depressive sensibility, the devastating rift with his great friend and collaborator William Morris as their views on art and politics diverged.

With new research and fresh historical perspective, The Last Pre-Raphaelite tells the extraordinary, dramatic story of Burne-Jones as an artist, a key figure in Victorian society and a peculiarly captivating man.

Author bio:

A well known broadcaster, critic and cultural historian, Fiona MacCarthy established herself as one of the leading writers of biography in Britain with her widely acclaimed book Eric Gill, published in 1989. Her biography of Byron was described by A. N. Wilson as 'a flawless triumph' and William Morris won the Wolfson History Prize and the Writers' Guild Non-Fiction Award.

Category: Visual arts
ISBN: 9780571228621
Edition No: 1
Awards: 2012 James Tait Black Prize winner 0
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Paperback
Pub Date: November 2012
Page Extent: 656
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: The arts