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Kenneth Clark (1) (1903–1983)

Author of Civilisation: A Personal View

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Works by Kenneth Clark

Civilisation: A Personal View (1969) 2,518 copies, 15 reviews
The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form (1956) 943 copies, 5 reviews
Leonardo da Vinci (1963) 630 copies, 2 reviews
Landscape into art (1949) 397 copies, 2 reviews
Another Part of the Wood: A Self Portrait (1974) 138 copies, 1 review
Animals and Men (1977) 93 copies, 2 reviews
Civilisation: The Complete Series [1969 TV serial] (1969) — Written and Narrated by — 87 copies, 1 review
Looking at Pictures (1961) 86 copies, 1 review
An Introduction to Rembrandt (1978) 77 copies, 1 review
Feminine Beauty (1980) 71 copies, 2 reviews
Piero della Francesca (1951) 45 copies
The Art of Humanism (1983) 37 copies
Westminster Abbey (1972) 35 copies
Best of Aubrey Beardsley (1978) 33 copies
Moments of Vision (1981) 32 copies
Paul Klee (1949) 27 copies
Henry Moore: Drawings (1974) 13 copies
Le Nu II (1998) 6 copies
Le Nu tome 1 (1998) 4 copies
The artist grows old (1972) 1 copy
Praemium Erasmianum MCMLX 1 copy, 1 review
Jack B Yeats (1871 - 1957) 1 copy, 1 review
Edvard Munch 1863-1944 (1974) 1 copy

Associated Works

Dictionary of Subjects & Symbols in Art (1974) — Introduction, some editions — 720 copies, 3 reviews
The Horizon Book of the Renaissance (1961) — Contributor — 252 copies, 3 reviews
Praeterita: The Autobiography of John Ruskin (Oxford Letters & Memoirs) (1949) — Introduction, some editions — 137 copies
Ruskin Today (1964) — Editor — 71 copies
Masterpieces of fifty centuries; [exhibition] (1970) — Introduction — 61 copies, 2 reviews
Charles Ricketts, subtle and fantastic decorator (1979) — Foreword — 39 copies, 3 reviews
Forty years with Berenson (1966) — Preface — 34 copies
Sidney Nolan (1961) — Introduction — 10 copies
The Analog Sea Review: Number Three (2020) — Contributor — 10 copies
In trust for the nation — Introduction — 1 copy


Common Knowledge



Civilisation by Kenneth Clark in Folio Society Devotees (November 2023)


Lord Clark knocks us dead with his keen and penetrating mind as he describes the emergence of a more Emotional Art quite apart from the colder, more (historically) remote aims of the Classicists.
beaudaignault | 2 other reviews | Jul 14, 2024 |
Ha Ha! In 1999 I wrote about this book: "Chapter 1 and I am already offended! Clark is so dated! What small mind wrote,about, "the negro imagination," that created the African mask, or about "the late antique world, full of meaninless rituals, mystery religious, that destroyed self-confidence." *** I went on to discover "stuff I liked," and I made a few notes. but I clearly did not complete this book. I don't think I ever even saw the companion television show. I know Clark remains a big name in social sciences, so perhaps I will see what he did in later years.… (more)
Kim.Sasso | 14 other reviews | Aug 27, 2023 |
Publication issued by the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation on the occasion of the presentation of the Erasmus Price to Marc Chagalll and Oskar Kokoschka,
petervanbeveren | Aug 22, 2021 |
A magisterial and opinionated overview of landscape painting up to the nineteenth century, based upon the author's 1946 undergraduate lectures at the University of Oxford, with each chapter displaying depth of knowledge of both art and English literature. It is accessible, but as it is dated (1949, with minor revisions in 1976), also makes you realise how much might be assumed knowledge for undergraduates at that time, which is now erudite (for this reader), making me aware of the loss of a common education, or perhaps it has always been such.
The first four chapters (over half the book) set out snapshots from the historical development of landscape painting, which was originally merely the background of religious or figurative painting. Chapters five to seven discuss landscape painting in the nineteenth century, and chapter eight is a brief epilogue looking at early twentieth century art.

Perhaps too many superlatives, but the works that he applies them to are mainly the famous works one expects. And although dated, the introduction by Will Gompertz to the Folio Society edition puts this in its historical context.
The Folio Society edition from 2013 (if you can obtain it second hand) has 147 cross-referenced colour illustrations of works discussed in the text, which make it a joy to read.
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CarltonC | 1 other review | Mar 27, 2020 |



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