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Landscape into Art [Paperback]

Kenneth Clark
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1 Mar 2007
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Read Books (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406728241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406728248
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,465,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kenneth Clark was born in 1903 and was educated at the University of Oxford. Aged 30, he was appointed Director of the National Gallery - he remained there until 1945. He has been Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford, Chairman of the Arts Council and Chairman of the Independent Television Authority. He was knighted in 1938 and made a Life Peer in 1969. In 1976 he was awarded the Order of Merit. He is widely known for his television programmes on art, as well as for his writing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic still in print 22 Dec 2009
It's great to be able to obtain this classic text still, in reprint. Its disappearance from the shelves would have been a real loss. The pity of it is, however, that the illustrations (never good in the original) have deteriorated so much in this reproduction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as sparky as his later books 25 Mar 2013
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
Like J B Allcock, I give this one 4 stars. It is a study of the development of the portrayal of landscape in art from the earliest times to pretty much up to date with first publication in 1949. Clark is interested in what is going on in the minds of artists and why they portray landscape in the way they do. Thus we have a thread of art history traced through the centuries, illuminating a surprising amount about art in general along the way. The book is developed from a series of lectures.

Usually the books of Kenneth Clark - now unjustly neglected - get it spot on with a truly remarkable blend of stuff and style. Here, the "stuff" is plentifully present but the author has yet to develop that brisk, vivid style which transformed his later books from textbooks into page-turners. Don't get me wrong, the text is clear and readable - it just lacks the pzazz of his more popular books. Oh, and the illustrations are, I agree, truly lamentable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless masterpiece 8 Mar 2013
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Enjoyable read, entertaining and educational. Would have appreciated colour images but given the early publication this is understandable. A useful addition to any book collection.
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By Kibo
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I was glad to get a decent copy of my own after reading one from the library. I enjoy his style of writing and observations about landscape in particular and art in general. I'm in my 60s I don't know if younger readers might find him old-fashioned or seemingly posh (he uses quotations in French for instance). The illustrations are B and W and not very useful but with the internet anyone can look up the pictures.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great text. Horrible Illustrations 28 Jun 2010
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It's great to have a reprint of this important work on the history of European landscape painting (first published in 1949). Unfortunately the 104 plates, which are an essential part of the book, are horribly reproduced --at least in my copy. The problem isn't that they are black and white, I could live with that, but they are uniformly so dark as to be mostly black. It seems like a botched job of printing. Moreover, there are two plates 3a and 3b (with the same images in different sizes) and no plates 2a or 2b.

I haven't compared this to the original, but it's hard to imagine it could have been this bad. What a disappointment not to be able to view better reproductions of the paintings discussed in the text.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pioneering study of landscape painting 27 Dec 2009
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This is a pioneering 1960s study of Western landscape painting by one of the most esteemed art historians of the twentieth century. Unfortunately the b/w reproductions are poorly printed so one should scan the internet for better copies (thus the four star rating).
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic 21 April 2014
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classic book on the appreciation of painted landscapes by the great artists. illustrated with photographs but very few color photos.
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