Although not a visual artist, George MacDonald can be recognized for composing prose landscapes in his literary works that are Pre-Raphaelite in principle and style. MacDonald created word paintings that reference specific Pre-Raphaelite artworks; his landscapes show the shared influence of John Ruskin’s art theory, and he employs compositional techniques that correspond to the symbolic realism in early Pre-Raphaelite canvases. An awareness of MacDonald’s Pre-Raphaelitism adds to the appreciation of both his fiction and non-fiction.
Manson, Cynthia DeMarcus
"Painting in Prose: Ardent Pre-Raphaelitism in George MacDonald's Landscapes,"
Inklings Forever: Published Colloquium Proceedings 1997-2016: Vol. 7, Article 12.
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