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Forests, Rocks, and Torrents: Norwegian and Swiss Landscape Paintings (National Gallery Company) (National Gallery London) [Paperback]

Christopher Riopelle
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3 Jun 2011 National Gallery London
"Forests, Rocks, and Torrents" brings together an array of Norway and Switzerland's most talented 19th-century artists, who shared an interest in capturing their native dramatic alpine landscapes. This richly illustrated book also examines the differences that climate, character, and political regimes have imposed on artistic practices. Distinct social and political situations in Norway and Switzerland yielded fundamental differences in the two countries' painting traditions. As Norway endured a long struggle for freedom, Switzerland remained proudly independent. While Norway was poor, isolated, and dependent for survival on its natural resources, the Swiss enjoyed prosperity, a cosmopolitan society, and prestige as an early center of industry. The authors examine how this was manifested in the landscape paintings of such prominent artists as Johan Christian Dahl, Thomas Fearnley, Peder Balke, and Alexandra Calame. This book also supplies a helpful chronology and brief artist biographies.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (3 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857095235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857095234
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 20.5 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Riopelle is Curator of Post-1800 Painting and Sarah Herring is Isaiah Berlin Assistant Curator of Post-1800 Painting, both at the National Gallery, London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It was a gift, and a great one! 17 Jun 2013
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My friend loved it! She is very 'arty', and this book was a perfect gift for her.
She used it to paint the pictures from it, and apparently the book has a great selection of landscapes in it.
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