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Highly Recommended. Edited by Alison Smith. The last of the Pre-Raphaelites, Edward Burne-Jones created work synonymous with a refined and spiritualized style of beauty. This book is published to accompany a major retrospective at Tate Britain, London, showcasing 150 works in different media, including pencil drawings, painting, stained glass, and tapestry. 200 color illustrations. Burne-Jones (1833–1898) became a key figure in the art world at the end of the 19th century and a pioneer of the symbolist movement. Outstanding variety of material, some never before collected. Nudity. Tate, 2019.

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The last of the Pre-Raphaelites, Edward Burne-Jones created work synonymous with a refined and spiritualized style of beauty. This book is published to accompany a major retrospective at Tate Britain, London, showcasing 150 works in different media, including pencil drawings, painting, stained glass, and tapestry. 200 color illustrations. Burne-Jones (1833–1898) became a key figure in the art world at the end of the 19th century and a pioneer of the symbolist movement. Outstanding variety of material, some never before collected. Nudity.

His book illustrations for William Morris are among the most collectible volumes from the 1890s. He challenged society by disengaging his art from the modern world, offering a parallel universe based on myth, legend, and beauty, offering us angels, heroes and beautiful women so much in the genre of the PRB (Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood) movement.

Working in a wide range of materials, he pioneered a radical approach to narrative in works created for both public and intimate settings.

I find Burne-Jones and John Waterhouse to be the two more accessible Pre-Raphaelite artists. Jones came along right near the end of the movement and he’s more polished than artists like Rossetti, and his subjects were more interesting. He also went deeply into book illustration, as the go-to artist for William Morris’s Kelmscott Press. His illustrated Chaucer is in print to this day, and considered one of the very finest books of the 1890s.

Lovely metallic gold binding with red embossed design of an art nouveau branch (no jacket, as issued).

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