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The Pacific Northwest Landscape: A Painted History [Paperback]

Kitty Harmon , Jonathan Raban
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Sep 2001
The striking landscape of the Pacific Northwest has inspired painters to put brush to canvas ever since the first European explorers sailed into local waters. A continuous, robust, and evolving artistic view of the region is represented in the140 paintings selected for this beautiful book. Never before gathered in a single place, here are Albert Bierstadt, Sydney Laurence, Emily Carr, Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, and George Tsutakawa, among many others-all taking account of the water, sky, mountains, air, and light of the Pacific Northwest. With a probing introduction by Jonathan Raban, this book amounts to a unique and irresistible painted history.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570612846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570612848
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 25 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,386,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first European explorers discovered the Pacific Northwest in the 18th-century and the first artist to record the region was John Webber, the official expedition artist, from Captain Cook’s Resolution that put into Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island in 1778, after its long voyage from New Zealand, Tonga, Tahiti and Hawaii [“A View of Ship Cove, Nootka Sound”, and “Habitations on Nootka Sound”, both 1778].

In this book, published in 2001, artists’ impressions of the region are presented across more than two centuries, to Cori Creed’s “Arbutus Tree” and Linda Brock’s Craddock “Beach”, both painted in 2000. 140 Landscapes by more than 110 artists are reproduced in colour, reflecting views of water, sky, forests, mountains, deserted trails, air, light and the enormous vistas of earlier and contemporary unspoiled wilderness and its associated solitude.

Amongst the artists are well-known names, such as Albert Bierstadt, the 7ft x 12ft “Puget Sound, on the Pacific Coast”, 1870; Emily Carr, “Indian Church”, 1929, and “Forest, B. C.”, 1931-32; George Catlin, “A Whale Ashore – Klahoquat”, 1855-69; Sanford Gifford, “Mount Tacoma from Puget Sound (Mount Rainier)”, 1874; Lawren Harris, “Mount Robson”, c. 1929; Childe Hassam, “Afternoon Sky, Harney Desert”, 1908; A. Y. Jackson, “Kispayaks Village”, 1927; James W. G. Macdonald, “Castle Towers – Garibaldi Park, B. C.”, 1943; John Mix Stanley, “Oregon City on the Willamette River”, c. 1850-52; Mark Tobey, whose “Washington (United States Series)”, 1946, was influenced by Northwest Coast Native American art, and Fred H. Varley, “Night Ferry, Vancouver”, 1937. There are also many painters who are little known outside the region. The front cover illustration is "Deception Pass", 1951, by Alden Mason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazingly Beautiful Book 9 Jun 2008
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This is one of the finest art books I've ever bought, and believe me, I have a long shelf of them. The editor chose artists both famous and unknown, at least to me. Many are women! I have the book folded open on a table where I can see it as I walk by, and I change the pages every week or so. Wow! One gorgeous image after another.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All but one 13 Aug 2009
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This is a very nice compendium of Pacific Northwest artists with a nice range of styles. That said, I was surprised that Canadian artist Tom Thomson didn't merit even one plate or mention in the entire book, however. A glaring omission (hence four stars instead of five). Thomson was a key influence for the Group of Seven and was included a posthumous member. He wasn't only an important figure in Pacific Northwest landscape art, but 20th century art in general. If you are going to feature Emily Carr, you have to include Thomson as well.
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