Pre-Raphaelites in Love - Gay DalyNew York: Ticknor & Fields, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Private book plate to the blank.
Contains: Colour plates; Black & white plates; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “In 1848 a talented, earnest group of young artists banded together and dubbed themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Believing that every rose must be painted from a live flower and every face from an actual human being, they set out to change the course of English painting. Inevitably, though, artistic passions became tangled with romantic ones — with tempestuous, sometimes tragic, results.
Who were the dreamy, luminous women who haunt the Pre-Raphaelite pictures? And what happened when these beautiful girls who consented to model found themselves idealized and adored by the men who painted them? Could they negotiate the passage from goddess to woman, step down from their pedestals and into real life?
In this ambitious and immensely readable book, Gay Daly draws on a wealth of original diaries and letters to reveal the complex, stormy, and extraordinarily binding relationships between these artists and the women they loved. The result is a vivid, intimate group portrait unlike any we have had before. Compelling as these stories are in themselves, together they make up a provocative exploration of marriage, of the challenges inherent in intimacy, and of the fragile kinship between romance and inspiration.”