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1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Dieby Stephen Farthing
Synopses & Reviews
From Ancient Egyptian frescoes to the Renaissance masters, from French Impressionists to American Abstract Expressionists, this highly browsable guide embraces all cultures and every style of painting from 4,000 BC to the present. A visually arresting reference for art lovers and students, it provides a truly comprehensive worldwide gazeteer of paintings organized chronologically by date of completion. Each entry includes the history of the painting, information about the artist or artistic movement, the current location of the painting (all are on view to the public), as well as other details. The works are also indexed by artist and by title, making for easy cross-referencing. Included are popular paintings, key works that are the most breathtaking for their extraordinary power and beauty, paintings that were turning points in the history of art, and rediscovered masterpieces, making 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die an art museum in its own right.
Book News Annotation:
This fat, yet fairly compact book presents a selection of paintings from the Egyptian era to the present, with a small reproduction and a description of each summarizing highlights of the painting's content, style, and artist. While some might quibble with the choice of paintings, the selection represents well the history of European and American painting, along with some examples from Mexico, South America, and Japan. The descriptions were written by curators and freelance writers based mainly in the UK. Universe Publishing is an imprint of Rizzoli. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Stephen Farthing is a graduate of the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford and a professional fellow at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1998 and executive director of the New York Academy of Art in 2000. He has been teaching fine art since 1977, and he is a painter.
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