Several of his most outstanding works have as their subject some character from mythology: from his haunting images of Psyche, to his series on Pygmalion and Galatea, to his slightly sinister depictions of the enchantress Nimue, Burne-Jones adeptly captured the spirit of these timeless mythological characters in paint. Indeed, some of these subjects so intrigued the artist that he revisited them, almost compulsively, and we can trace the evolution of this obsession with a particular topic over his lifetime.
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Subtitled "The Life and Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)", this book by Christopher Wood explores one of the most fascinating artists of the Nineteenth century. In chapters devoted to the relationship between Burne-Jones and Rossetti, the Aesthetic Movement, and Fame, we learn about this compelling and talented painter.
I mean by a picture, a beautiful romantic dream of something that never was, never will be, in a light better than any light that ever shone, in a land no one can define or remember. - Edward Burne-Jones