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The Crescent City has attracted settlers and visitors of every category since its origins in the early 18th century. In spite of a turbulent history, the place remains both a unique spot in which to live and a fascinating site to visit. And, yes, a delightful subject for a book.
Like Venice--and, interestingly, there are a number of similiarities between these two cities--New Orleans has continued to inspire and nourish artists from all over, in every medium. On the other hand, there has always been a group of talented locals, and Flattmann, a born and bred New Orleanian, is in the top echelon of this group. Equally competent in oil, watercolors and pastels(his best known medium), many of Flattmann's 'rainy-day-New-Orleans' scenes remind one of 'la Serenissima'.
For many years, Flattmann and his family have lived north of New Orleans, across Lake Pontchartrain, but his oeuvre is wide: the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East. Unquestionably, New Orleans remains his 'center', and his sensitivity to this hometown is easily seen in his latest book, a selection of works, most pastels, most created since 2000, that fill this handsome volume.
Following the artist's preface, and an informative introduction, the book is sensibly divided into sections by topic: St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square; restaurants and cafes; the Mississippi River; the French Market; Preservation Hall; etc. John R. Kemp, the author of both the Introduction and the well-written chapter headings, is another local, a previous Flattmann collaborator, and the former deputy director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
For me, as a native of northern Florida who knows New Orleans well, the images in the book bring back numerous memories. Quite frankly, I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite, or, in fact, ten favorites! Architectural topics are probably at the top of my list, but views of familiar restaurants(both inside and out) and the music/party scene affect other senses!
"An Artist's Vision..." is a book for a wide audience--locals, visitors, and armchair travelers. It is a talented individual's gift to the rest of us, beautifully picturing a subject he dearly loves. Thank you, Alan, and keep up the good work!