William Rossetti's Art Criticism: The Search for Truth in Victorian Art by Julie L'enfantWilliam Rossetti's Art Criticism: The Search for Truth in Victorian Art by Julie L'enfant

William Rossetti's Art Criticism: The Search for Truth in Victorian Art

byJulie L'enfant

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William Rossetti's Art Criticism examines the art criticism of William Michael Rossetti, an underrated member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and places it within the context of Victorian Culture. Drawing on many reviews never published in book form, this study establishes Rossetti as a major art critic and valuable source of information on the Victorian world. The author presents Rossetti's role in the Pre-Raphaelite movement as editor of Germ and as a beginning reviewer when he maintained the realist creed seen in D.G. Rossetti, Millais, and Holman Hunt. She then follows his broadening view through his exposure to French and Japanese art that affected his eventual sensitive response to James McNeill Whistler. The study concludes with a personal examination of his final approach which he called "aesthetic realism" in which he is grounded in nineteenth century realism, but also shows a twentieth century determination to examine works closely as autonomous objects. It also addresses new findings in Rossetti's own Japanese art collection, his search for a vital spirit of the past in the Classical and Gothic Revivals, and his importance as an authoritative spokesman for humanistic values in Victorian culture.
Julie L'Enfant is Assistant Professor at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Title:William Rossetti's Art Criticism: The Search for Truth in Victorian ArtFormat:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9.28 × 6.12 × 1.07 inPublisher:UPA

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Table of Contents

chapter 1 List of Illustrations chapter 2 Preface chapter 3 Introduction to the Art Criticism of William Rossetti chapter 4 Rossetti as Pre-Raphaelite Critic chapter 5 In Search of Style: The British School, 1855-1862 chapter 6 Critical Authority: William Rossetti and Japonism chapter 7 Rossetti and Revivalism chapter 8 Conclusion chapter 9 Bibliography chapter 10 Index