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An Artist's Vision of New Orleans: The Paintings of Alan Flattmann Hardcover – 21 Jan 2014

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Title: An Artist's Vision of New Orleans( The Paintings of Alan Flattmann) <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: JohnR.Kemp <>Publisher: PelicanPublishingCompany

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New Orleans a la carte 31 Mar. 2014
By robert giebeig - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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!
Great book about the New Orleans French Quarter 11 Feb. 2014
By John P - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I just got this book in New Orleans. I have another book by Flatmann but thought the illustrations were not very good. This book has great illustrations. The book's chapters are laid out to cover the various areas of the French Quarter. Kemp's informative writings are easy to read enjoyable. Of course, the highlight of the book are the fascinating reproductions of Flatmann's gorgeous paintings. If you have ever been the the New Orleans French Quarter you will enjoy way the artist "sees" all the classic images of the FQ. The artist has been painting New Orleans for a half of a century. His paintings capture the humidity, the shadows, the characters, the bars, and the cafes all with a very romantic brush.
Wonderful Armchair Tour 21 Feb. 2014
By Dee Long - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you have never been to New Orleans, this beautiful collection of artist Alan Flattman's pastel visions of the city, it's people and its cultural heritage provides a wonderful armchair tour. If you are a native of this region or haven't visited in a long time, these works of art will make you homesick to return. There is a warmth to each of the pieces that draws you in, holds your attention and pays attention to even the tiniest detail. Flattman is a master at capturing the life and breath of one of America's most quaint cities and cultures and creating an artistic vision that honors both the majestic as well as the everyday.
Five Stars 16 May 2015
By Busy Reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beautiful book! Alan Flattman's pastel work conveys a truely wonderous sense of New Orleans.
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