Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives Of The Pre Raphaelites

Desperate Romantics The Private Lives Of The Pre Raphaelites Desperate Romantics a tie in with a new BBC series focuses on the scandals rather than on the group s ideas social experiments or artistic development Ruskin s loveless marriage and critical champ

  • Title: Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives Of The Pre Raphaelites
  • Author: Franny Moyle
  • ISBN: 9780719521904
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Desperate Romantics, a tie in with a new BBC series, focuses on the scandals, rather than on the group s ideas, social experiments or artistic development Ruskin s loveless marriage and critical championing of Millais, who then went off with Effie Ruskin, Rossetti s various loves, above all, Lizzie Siddal, his long affair with Jane Morris, and Burne Jones s obsession withDesperate Romantics, a tie in with a new BBC series, focuses on the scandals, rather than on the group s ideas, social experiments or artistic development Ruskin s loveless marriage and critical championing of Millais, who then went off with Effie Ruskin, Rossetti s various loves, above all, Lizzie Siddal, his long affair with Jane Morris, and Burne Jones s obsession with Mary Zambaco Times Online, 1 30 09

    One thought on “Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives Of The Pre Raphaelites”

    1. According to this excellent book, PRB often stood for Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, but also stood for Please Ring Bell and occasionally Penis Rather Better.But it could have stood for Painters Really Bonkers.In the beginning there was a young art critic who had the ear of the cognoscenti called John Ruskin. Half of this book is about him. He was The Art Don. All the PRB thought he was like OMG I just saw John Ruskin walk by, I'm going to kiss the pavement whereupon he trod. But he was off the sca [...]

    2. This book is about what the subtitle says: the private lives of the Pre-Raphaelite Group and their champion.So, we get to know their social and family origins, how they knew each other, how they got together, how they searched for the “stunners” (were these women or the embodiment of their fantasies?), and how they swapped them amongst themselves.The book is border line between social history and a gossip magazine, with may be more of the latter than the former. There is very little analysis [...]

    3. Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites is a decent introductory text on the lives of those individuals involved in the Pre-Raphaelite art movement. Franny Moyle's text is well-written and engaging, often informative. I don't doubt that Desperate Romantics – or perhaps, more specifically, the subsequent, identically-titled BBC dramatisation – has drawn new attention the Pre-Raphaelites, introducing them to an audience that perhaps isn't so interested in art to begin wit [...]

    4. Well, this was a fascinating book. Being a tie-in to a TV dramatisation, I wasn't expecting much at all, but this was an annotated, scholarly work. Perhaps tending towards oversimplification in parts, but not dumbed down to the point of non-enjoyability.It concentrates mostly on the love affairs, marriages and romantic entanglements of the core members of the PreRaphaelite brotherhood, plus John Ruskin. It touches on their art or politics only really in connection with the women around them, glo [...]

    5. This is an immensely readable book. For anyone with a liking for Pre-Raphaelite art, it should be unputdownable, if that is a word. I already was familiar with a lot of this material and I still felt suspense. All appreciation of art is enhanced immeasurably by knowledge of the artist, their time, and the individual story of the work itself, of course, and most especially so with this bunch. Truth is certainly stranger than fiction.

    6. This is a rollicking good read, but, there were times when I thought "Hang on a minute, Franny Moyle - aren't you jumping a bit much to conclusions there?!!" There is much to commend this book though, so who cares about a bit of 'poetic licence' ?

    7. While not in the same league of PRB detailed research as Jan Marsh (from whom this author benefited), this overview of the intricacies of the lives of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood artists and models is tightly summarized in this account by Franny Moyle. If someone is completely unaware of the PRB this book is a great one for diving in. With that said if a person comes to this book after having seen only the PBS series by the same name, they would do well to forget every detail of the series wh [...]

    8. "Desperate Romantics" is an intriguing essay about the Pre-Raphaelites. Poets, painters and artists: who were they beyond their achievements?Loads of private letters, pages of diaries and news in the paper tell us a story of these men and women: artists to the heart, dealing with a world that was uncapable to accept them. Their humanity, their dreams, their devotion to love and beauty were values the Victorians were not able to understand, nor tolerate. Most of them lived difficult lives, unable [...]

    9. Focusing on the beginning of the Pre-Raphaelite movement and the artists who formed it, this book takes an in-depth look at the lives of Rossetti, Malias and Ruskin whose lives became entwined. These were men from the upper socioeconomic rungs, they chose models from the lower economic scale, whom they called "Stunners." Lizzie Siddal, Annie Miller, Jane Burden and Fanny Corforth all represented the sulky, beautiful women who indeed forever transcended the criticism of both the art movement and [...]

    10. Tricky one as it's not bad as a basic book on the Pre-Raphaelites and the quality of the illustrations is smashing, however there are a lot of mistakes and repeating of incorrect information, so if you are serious about your Pre-Raphaelite studies, I wouldn't recommend it. However, it's well written and engaging, and the author's enjoyment of the subject is obvious, however from the bibliography the depth of her research is not as great as it should be, especially in terms of modern research and [...]

    11. A fantastic fun and well researched read for anyone interested in the complex love lives of the Pre-Raphaelites (or in the Bohemians of Victorian London). I'd recommend looking up some of the most famous PRB works before reading this, or alternatively watching the BBC's great fun (and underrated) mini series (loosely) based on this book .

    12. This book came into my hands as a direct link to the Poldark series. I was looking at youtube and found this BBC drama from 2009 via Aidan Turner (Ross in Poldark). It is about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, their lives and deeds in 19th century England. I had never heard about this group, but as is usual, once you hear about something it pops up everywhere. I downloaded the book and found a fantastic, real life story of passion, love, fanatism and a quest for the perfect painting.The group con [...]

    13. Having a deep love and respect for the Pre-Raphaelites and having sat through the truly dreadful BBC TV series which is based on this biography, I was initially put off reading this book. I was pleased to find, however, that the book really isn't that bad. Not marvelous by any means - Moyle's writing style is ok but I felt she was rather disconnected from her subjects in comparison to excellent biographers such as Antonia Fraser who can truly draw you in. The personalities are rather flat and un [...]

    14. I've loved the work of the Pre Raphaelites for many years and watched the BBC series based on this book, but it didn't prepare me for the emotional impact and sheer excitement of this glimpse into the time period. I felt as if I was there with the painters, sharing their triumphs and disasters and gained much insight into the art through their lives. I suppose it could be described as sensationalist, but they were. Use of diaries, letters, poems and newspaper articles from the time and accounts [...]

    15. This book was really well written. It reads more like a novel than a literary biography, but the scholarship appears to be there. I would suggest reading it with a book of the PRB paintings handy because you will be flipping back and forth to the pictures included if you don't have another source. The book kept me up late after I was dead tired and sure that more than three pages would have me turning out the light. It is interesting that sometimes Moyle appears sympathetic to Rossetti and at ot [...]

    16. I enjoyed reading about the lives of these trend-setting Bohemian artists and their muses, women from various strata of society who posed for them and fired up their imaginations. The author uses literary license although deriving her material from letters and historical data, to flesh out the lives of these fascinating human beings. As a result the story becomes exciting and interesting rather than dull and academic as stories from art history often tend to be. I also enjoyed the two sections o [...]

    17. A solidly researched historical account of the sometimes scandalous lives of the Victorian artists. Flows easily and reads more like a novel than a list of facts. An enjoyable portrait of the individual characters within the group and their complex relationships with women and with each other (and with each others women!). Personally I would have liked to know a little more about their work and less about their scandals but the fact that this is the angle from which Moyle has chosen to, quite su [...]

    18. This is a detailed and enjoyable look at the artists of Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the women who modelled for them, slept with them or married them. It is about the personalities as much as the art and some of the personalities are very colourful and unconventional to the point of being shocking, as was the art.I couldn't help wondering how Dante Gabriel Rossetti found the time to paint his pictures, in between having affairs with his models and his friends' wives and girlfriends.

    19. these people are horrible and screwed up and so much misfortune stems from patriarchal bullshit and male privilege but it was so fascinating! I felt like the epilogue ended rather abruptly, and at times the book was hard to follow---understandable given the number of players but the overlap of years is difficult. I had to re-read certain passages to discern the year and keep the time line straight. But it was a really great read!

    20. It took a long time, but mostly because it's a book instead of e-book and I prefer to read e-books cause I can read them without glasses :)It was interesting to read the story, but there sure were alot of people in this and it got confusing. I also wish there were more pictures- I kept looking in other books for illustrations. Happy I read it though. Helped explain the PRB more. And such a pretty cover!

    21. Hmmm, a good read but I agree with one of the other reviewers that the editing left a little to be desired. Fascinating story though, I've always been interested in the pre-raphaelites and their relationships with the various muses, will try and watch out for the TV drama but will doubtless miss it!

    22. A very, very good place to start an education into the world of the Pre Raphaelites. From the original Brotherhood through to Burne-Jones and Morris; Moyle brings to life each artist and explains the influences and meaning behind each picture. The slightly unusual living arrangements of them all are presented with no judgement from the author. This is a very well written book.

    23. Having been unable to watch the TV programme I wondered whether I would enjoy this book. I more than enjoyed it and found it interesting and fast moving, with all the various characters and the twists and turns of their fates. The editing was poor, a shame as it cheapens the book, I feel. Despite that, I'd recommend it.

    24. Okay. A good start if you want to gain some insight into the Pre-Raphaelites. There are better bios on each of the individuals out there but once you read this you will know more than the average lay person probably wants or needs to know. Borrow it from the library, don't buy it.

    25. I really struggled with this book like some of the other reviewers. There were a lot of characters which I usually find interesting, however i don't think I was that enamoured with the subject matter so found it a bit difficult to enjoy.

    26. I already knew most of the story of the Pre-Raphs and there was little knew information here. However, it was written very well and in places felt more like reading a novel than a biography. It's a shame that the TV series that shared the same name was so poor.

    27. This is an utterly fascinating account of the lives of the artists who made up the BPR - the Brotherhood of the Pre-Raphaelites. Modern soap operas nd movie plots could learn from the antics that made up the lives of this Victorian group of artists. I couldn't put this book down!!

    28. Oh, how I love this book! It's the perfect balance of scandal, historical detail, and art criticism. If you're a Pre-Raphaelite scholar this will be hopelessly lightweight, but if (like me) you just want a great story with fascinating characters and art details, pick this up. It's enthralling.

    29. `Desperate Romantics` was selected as an optional extra book over at Discuss It Book Group. Overall, we rated this book 4.1 out of 5. A really interesting choice for our book group which mainly discusses fiction.

    30. A fun read, however it's not as scholarly a work as Pre-Raphaelites in Love by Daly. She virtually ignores Holman-Hunt after Annie Miller. I'd skip it and read the aforementioned or a work by Jan Marsh

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *