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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Editions Soline (17 Nov 2005)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2876775131
  • ISBN-13: 978-2876775138
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 2.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,227,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Vettriano is entirely self-taught. A Scotsman of Italian descent, he left school at sixteen to become a mining engineer working down the Fife coalfields. For his twenty-first birthday a girlfriend gave him a set of watercolour paints and from then on, he spent much of his spare time teaching himself to paint. His first solo exhibition in Edinburgh was a sell-out and since then he has had solo exhibitions in London, Hong Kong and New York. Over the last twenty years, interest in Vettriano's work has grown consistently. Vettriano's best known painting, The Singing Butler, was sold at Sotheby's for close to GBP750,000. He was awarded an OBE for Services to the Visual Arts. In 2013, a major twenty year Retrospective exhibition of Vettriano's work was staged at Kelvingrove art Gallery and Musuem in Glasgow. He lives in Edinburgh. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Robert Dixon on 9 Dec 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a nicely produced book on the art of Scottish artist Jack Vettriano. If you are looking for an illustrated guide to the work of Jack Vettriano - then this is the book for you. Even though some of his better known works are missing from this volume it is still a good selection.
The reproductions are well thought out and presented, with the exception of one or two. These suffer the same fate as other books on the artist in that they are printed across the spine of the book.
If, like some, you are looking for an insight into the life of the artist, then you may be dissapointed here for there is very little narrative and, what is there is well known already. There is still room for an in depth look at the artist as well as that other vital ingredient, the artist's models.
This is an excellent illustrative guide to the work of the artist with a large number of well presented reproductions. Highly recomended for both the new-comer and the dedicated Jack Vettriano fan.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nathalie Martin on 29 Dec 2009
Format: Hardcover
Although published in 2004, 'Jack Vettriano: A Life', remains currently the most comprehensive visual reference book on Vettriano available to date covering, as it does, works from 1992 to 2004. The paintings are helpfully arranged both chronologically and around the fifteen exhibitions held of Vettriano's work during this twelve year period. This is the first book to list the paintings that appeared in Vettriano's exhibitions and as such, provides useful information for anyone wanting to study the artist's work and career in detail. A selection of paintings not featured in exhibitons are also illustrated in this book. Until a definitive catalogue raisonne is published of Vettriano's work, this is the book to go for if you are looking for a broad overview of the artist's career. The text is provided by Anthony Quinn, film critic for The Independent and himself a collector of Vettriano's work; it is biographical in content covering the artist's childhood through to his rise to prominence as an artist and ending in 2004, the year in which Vettriano was awarded an OBE for Services to the Visual Arts, was featured in a major documentary for The South Bank Show and the year in which The Singing Butler sold for just over £740,000. If you are looking for information on Vettriano's working methods, his cultural influences and his influence on mainstream culture, you should take a look at Jack Vettriano: Studio Life, published in 2008. Studio Life has very few illustrations of Vettriano's paintings but it features an in depth essay by Tom Rawstorne on Vettriano's work and how his life informs his work.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
The introduction and subsequent text is very brief, and provides a glimpse into the artist's background and rise to success. The text makes little if any critical comment about the artist's work, perhaps leaving the paintings to speak for themselves. The book concludes with a list of the artist's paintings and exhibitions. The book really is all about the pictures.

There are about 160 full colour reproductions of Vettriano's paintings of which about half dozen are small images illustrating the text, there are over thirty full page bleed pictures many of which in fact amount to a page and a half and include one double page spread (the best in the book?). However the bulk of the illustrations range from almost full page images to those which occupy about half a page or occasionally less. The quality of the reproduction is excellent, and the varied and attractive layout suits the images well, bold yet without detracting from the work.

For those of us who are perhaps used to seeing Vettriano's paintings merely as small reproductions adorning cards and the like, it is a revelation to see them produced so well and to a good size. Seeing them so it is easy to label his technique as commercial and slick; but there is no denying the immediate appeal and impact. Whether or not you are a fan of Vettriano's this is a book worth having, it shows the range of his work, from the dark and sensual to some very appealing high key paintings. Altogether it is a most sumptuous volume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Enquirer VINE VOICE on 20 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
My skin rarely tingles when I read or view an art book. It does when that artist is Jack Vettriano. This particular offering has several strengths - decent size reproductions of the paintings, a very good range, which includes many lesser known works, a chronology of the exhibitions that made him - with full listings of the works exhibited. This appeals to the aesthete in me and the geek in me, as well as the voyeur! I recommend this book as the best intro to Vettriano, both for fans and those who don't 'get' him at all. (Although I will say that those who fail to get Vettriano are just being wilfully snobbish.)Have a good stare at the less sexual offerings and consider their power as mood poems. Have a good stare at the more sexual ones and consider how much they say about things other than sex.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sydd on 8 Dec 2011
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this book is a smaller version of one which I purchased a couple of months ago and I was very disapointed that the pictures were crammed on a much smaller page giving the book less impact perhaps when you advertise the size of the book should be included
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