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Discourses on Art [Paperback]

Joshua Reynolds , Robert R. Wark
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1 Dec 1997
The 'Discourses on Art' of Sir Joshua Reynolds form one of the most eloquent literary documents in the history of European art. Composed as lectures to the students at the Royal Academy in the late eighteenth century, they both summarize the art theory of the previous three hundred years and point towards attitudes prevalent in the nineteenth century. Reynolds' general topic is the education of the artist. He is concerned with the essentials of the problem: the purpose of art, the nature of the creative process, and the artist's relation to tradition. He treats these questions with a breadth and clarity that won the immediate admiration of his contemporaries and have continued to hold the attention of readers ever since. No other body of art criticism by an Englishman has enjoyed such sustained respect. This standard edition of the 'Discourses' is reissued in a new format and with illustrations. It has long been recognised as a fundamental text for the study of eighteenth-century English painting, and this edition is generally considered to be the definitive one. Robert R. Wark was curator of art collections at the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.

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  • Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press UK SR; New edition (1 Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300073275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300073270
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Discourses on Art Reynolds 31 Jan 2014
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Having enjoyed Dalacroix's Journal, and he referred to Reynolds more than once, I thought I would see what he had to say in his lectures at the Royal academy. He has a slightly - to the modern ear, a ponderous style, but there is so much wisdom about painting I can see why Delacroix - by implication, thought what he said was worth the hearing. I wonder what he would have thought of the Impressionists!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discources on Art 7 July 2010
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I bought this book to better understand 17th and 18th Century British landscape painting and the works of Gainsborough, Turner and Constable. This is an invaluable source and although a bit dry to read, its not hard to image the great Sir Joshua standing before his pupils and imparting his wonderful knowledge of art. Much more than the simple mechanics and simplying copying great art to find how a painting was executed, it is about how to think and imagine how you feel and interprete the emotions the artist was trying to capture and portray. A brilliant teacher, Sir Joshua promoted that each work decribe the underlining concept of Nature and to fully grasp the fundamentals of art with patience and good bit of stamina. To achieve perfection, it was going to take years of hard work and no easy or quick way to become a great painter. To him and the Royal Academy, we owe much for the great artists they produced and the legacy of the most beautiful works ever created.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discourses on Art 14 Mar 2000
By Wayne H. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the definitive book on the thought behind Art. It states the thought procces, and the Art and Science dualisum of the last 600 years and the reasons behind it all. If you want to be a real artist, this is the way to go. It speaks of truth and genius.
"The natural appetite or tast of the human mind is for Truth"
"Art is a point of view, Genius a way of seeing."
If the artist can grasp the truths in this book they will recieve the keys to the kingdom!
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