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Soviet Impressionist Painting Hardcover – 30 Dec 2007


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  • Hardcover: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club Ltd (30 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851495495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851495498
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 4 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,185,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vern G. Swanson, Ph. D. is the author of numerous books, catalogues and articles on Soviet painting, 19th century European classicist artists and American realist art. Swanson is the director of the Springville Museum of Art in Utah, USA, and is a graduate of the Brigham Young University and the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Covering Soviet realist art from the 1930s to the 1980s, this impressive volume Soviet Impressionist Painting is a revelation. The well written and accessible text is both interesting and informative, explaining the prevailing conditions which influenced the artists and their work. The reproductions of the paintings are interspersed with the text, and vary from smaller than postcard size to the double page spread, one quibble here is that the text and the image to which it refers rarely appear on the same page, but usually two or three pages apart; with illustrations on every page this seems an odd arrangement. It concludes with a twenty five page chronology of Soviet art.

Perhaps because of their initial impact, the first impression is that the majority of pictures here depict happy workers off to the field, smiling families and cheerful youths. However this is not strictly the case, there are more pensive portraits and groups, and there is a fair sprinkling of landscapes along with a few still life and some nudes.

What really stands out, regardless of subject matter, is the quality of the painting; vibrant and energetic, with lively brush work and a strong sense of light these pictures cannot fail to appeal. Here the quality of the photography and printing come to the fore, one can sense the texture of paint and the brush work, adding greatly to the vitality of the work. The colour reproduction is superb, rich and at times vivid or even luminous; the paintings truly come to life on the page.

This is genuinely a sumptuous volume, lavishly illustrated almost entirely in colour. Grab a copy while you can before this one goes out of print.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on 12 May 2008
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Soviet Art has not had a good press. This book makes up some of the deficiencies: sumptuously illustrated; well structured; but perhaps a little thin on creative thinking about an amazing experiment in using art to extol the virtues of a whole political, economic and social structure. A wonderful book to stimulate converstaion in a wide range of circles - and a western middle class intoduction to this unique wonderfully painted art form. For those who want to explore the subject a little more deeply, Mathew Cullerns Bown's books are more useful and perhaps more widely illustrated and intellectually argued. Swanson rightly acknowledges his debt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Realistic Collector on 1 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
For any serious student of the genre, this is a must have. As a companion to Matthew Cullerne Bown's definitive dictionary (sadly now out of print) on the subject it is perfect. Good illustrations and informative text. Highly recommended.
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