Fairies in Victorian art

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Antique Collectors' Club, 2000 - Art - 192 pages
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The golden age of fairy painting lasted between 1840-1870, when fairies found expression in most of the Victorian arts - paintings, illustration, literature, theater, ballet, and music. The genre had a strong literary background, from the books of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen to Shakespeare's The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream. These works, along with the Victorian obsession with spiritualism and the supernatural, created an atmosphere in which Fairy painting flourished.The work of the great fairy painters is examined - Dadd, Paton, Fitzgerald, and Richard Doyle - along with that of other Victorian painters like Landseer, Fuseli, Millais, Rossetti, and Rackham.

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At first glance, it would seem that the depiction of airies in art was a relatively minor aspect of Victorian culture. But this book demonstrates the diverse ways in which fairies could be expressed ... Read full review

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This book is full of beautiful pictures of fairies. It features work by John Anster Fitzgerald, Sir Joseph Noel Paton, Edward Robert Hughes, William Blake and many others. It is a wonderful collection of images, created by people with incredible artistic vision! Read full review


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Christopher Wood is at the School of Planning and Landscape, University of Manchester.

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