A compact edition of a major monograph that offers insights into the life and work of the seventeenth-century master Georges de La Tour. Georges de La Tour ranks with Vermeer and the Le Nain brothers among those seventeenth-century painters whose unmistakable talent is matched only by their aura of mystery. This groundbreaking monograph uses ...
A compact edition of a major monograph that offers insights into the life and work of the seventeenth-century master Georges de La Tour. Georges de La Tour ranks with Vermeer and the Le Nain brothers among those seventeenth-century painters whose unmistakable talent is matched only by their aura of mystery. This groundbreaking monograph uses original correspondence and archival documents to reconstruct the master's life and practices. Influenced by Caravaggio, La Tour created a form of realism that displays rare poetic beauty. The attention to detail, from the dirt under a saint's fingernails to the wavering flame of a girl's candle, is highlighted in full-page close-ups, while the paintings are contextualized by color reproductions of works that influenced, and were influenced by, La Tour. Available for the first time in a compact edition, complete with an illustrated catalogue, bibliography, and key documentary sources, this remains the essential reference work on a fascinating artist.
Very Good. This is a very good softcover copy. Very clean inside, but one three word note about the color of one plate in relation to the actual painting, written just above the image. This catalog was prepared to accompany the exhibition at the Orangerie des Tuileries from 10 May to September 25, 1972. Text in French. Illustrated throughout in black & white + 10 color plates. Bibliography. 9" high X 6" wide, 282 pages.
Folio; vg/wraps; glossy white spine with brown text; dj, age-toned; HB, brown cloth spine with blind-stamped text; boards, minor shelf wear; text block, clean; toning starts; illustrations in color and B/W; 318pp. ---ARTS-BAROQUE. Rockville.
Publishers Weekly, 1993-11-15 One of the grand masters of French painting, Georges de la Tour (1593-1652) paradoxically evolved a highly contrived style to accommodate his uncompromising realist vision. Seeking to reveal inner character through outward appearance alone, he pared down his universe to its absolute limits. In his famous nocturnal scenes, dramatically lit by a candle or hidden light source, the characters, with their calm, mask-like faces, exude an aura of mystery. La Tour's diverse output encompasses the stylized social comedy of The Fortune Teller , the spiritual rapture of Saint Jerome and the earthy realism of A Flea Catcher , which depicts a semi-nude woman ridding herself of fleas before going to bed. In this exhaustive, erudite, sumptuously illustrated study, Thuillier, a French art historian, examines the life and work of an artist who exerts a continuous appeal. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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