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Wooden Ships & Iron Men: The Maritime Art of Thomas Hoyne


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ISBN13: 9781593720131
ISBN10: 1593720130
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Tom Hoyne was a successful artist in advertising when, in mid-life, he was diagnosed with cancer and given two years to live. Confounding his physicians, Hoyne lived for seventeen years, during which he produced some of the most dramatic paintings of America's maritime past. This beautiful volume is the first full presentation of Hoyne's work. More than 100 paintings are reproduced here, almost all of which portray the beauty of the fishing schooners and the terrors and hardships on the waters of the notoriously inhospitable Grand Banks. In addition to reproductions of his paintings, this book deals with the artist's life and techniques. It discusses the fishing schooners and their legendary designers. It also describes life and work on the most dangerous fishing grounds in the world with fascinating recollections of the great skippers of the fishing communities around Gloucester, Massachusetts, and the small villages that lined the East Coast. This book will confirm the artist's place as a master of marine realism.

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Published in an oversize (12x10.5<">) and horizontal format, this volume presents the paintings of sailing and fishing ships produced by Hoyne (d.1989). The volume includes essays about the artist, his subjects, and his painting method. Most of the paintings are reproduced in full-page color plates; all are accompanied with a descriptive caption. Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co.
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100 beautiful nautical paintings, the first full presentation of Thomas Hoyne's work.

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Historian Reese Palley is the author of many books and articles, including Wooden Ships

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Gold Gato, November 10, 2012 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
The fishermen of the Grand Banks were artists of the sea. They sailed in fast schooners, using the dory to hand-line fish. A lost art. Their heyday was from the end of the 19th Century to the first three decades of the 20th Century, when technology then decreed the use of bottom trawlers and nets. The change meant that any fish could be caught, which quickly depleted the schools of fish, a change that reverberates today.

Thomas Hoyne was a commercial artist who received a death sentence of terminal cancer from his doctor and was told to get his house in order, as he only had two years to live. He quit his occupation and decided to paint the wooden ships and iron men...for another seventeen years (he did not die of cancer). Hoyne's passion and respect for the brave fishermen are splendidly displayed in this book, with multiple paintings for some pages and extraordinary detail for the magnificent ships.

Hoyne hired a model maker to build replicas of many of the boats he wanted to paint, enabling the final artwork to be precise yet alive with the danger of the sea. The men who did the hard work were only protected by just a few feet of wood, with most of the ships eventually lost to disaster. You can smell the seawater in these pages and sense the waves about to hit as a squall passes through. Then, there's always the dangerous fog, with huge passenger liners suddenly appearing as monstrous apparitions about to slice the fishing boats in half.

This book is a glorious ode to the brave men who were masters of their trade, but it's also a lesson to do what you love to do, so that your skill can be saved for later generations, who can admire both the subjects of the paintings as well as the artist.

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Palley, Reese
Quantuck Lane Press
Palley, Marilyn Arnold
Palley, Margaret Arnold
Artists, Architects, Photographers
United states
Ships & Shipbuilding - General
Marine painters.
Hoyne, Thomas
Marine painters - United States
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
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100 color illustrations
10.38x12.08x.87 in. 3.30 lbs.

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