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Gauguin (Library of Great Painters) (edition 1940)

by Robert Goldwater

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Title:Gauguin (Library of Great Painters)
Authors:Robert Goldwater
Info:Harry N Abrams (1940), Hardcover, 164 pages
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33cm x 26cm x 3cm (13" x 10.25" x 1.2") Abrams The Library of Great Painters, 1970(?), 160 pages

The book opens with and account of the artists life and work, and then looks at individual works by Gauguin. Each work is discussed individually with up to a page of text. Following the text is a chronology, and the book concludes with a bibliography, there is no index

52 black and white pictures show paintings, woodcuts, monotypes, drawings and more illustrating the the text section. Following that is the Colour Section with first 15 watercolours and woodcuts printed in colour directly on the page, each captioned. The section Oil Paintings in Colour follows with 47 (plus one more opposite the frontispiece) full colour images tipped-in, facing each image is the page of descripitive text.

This is a substantial volume, more due to the thickness of the stock it is printed on than the total number of pages. It is well produced but reflects some of the problems or its time (1970); the black and white images suffer from having very dark areas lacking any details, and while the colour images printed directly on the page fair somewhat better and have a good intensity of colour they are a little flat. The tipped-in colour plates are good, crisp and having good colour. All the images are shown to a good size including those in the text, the plates are generally as large as the page allowing for margins will permit.

With 48 tipped-in plates, if buying this now it is worth checking to ensure they are all there. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0810901374, Hardcover)

Inspired by a primitive way of life, Paul Gauguin came to reject the world of the Impressionists, leaving Parisian society in search of paradise. Explore the life of this 19th-century French artist through his astonishingly vibrant and exotic paintings. The DK ArtBook series presents both the life and works of each artist within the cultural, social, and political context of their time. To make the books easy to consult, they are divided into three areas -- the life and works of the artist, historical and cultural background, and analysis of major works -- which are identifiable by side bands. Each spread focuses on a specific theme, with an introductory text and several annotated illustrations. Few art history texts contain such abundance of full-color illustrations. The index section is also illustrated and gives background information on key figures and the location of the artist's works.

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This book invites the reader to follow the visionary painter Paul Gauguin from France to exotic Tahiti, guided by his colourful masterpieces. Featuring a collection of both iconic and less well-known works by this influential artist, the book highlights Gauguin's famously erotic, primitive style and use of vivid colours. For a fan of the artist or someone who has yet to discover Gauguin's work, this conveniently compact book makes the ideal gift.… (more)

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