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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful coffee table book
This lavish volume shows the strong influence of Oriental themes on Nineteenth Century European art. The European fascination with everything Oriental is evident in the wide range of paintings in this book. The author explains how and why the Oriental subjects became so pervasive. She draws extensively on the writings of the artists themselves and their critics to...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth for the text, not for the pictures
A scholarly work, perhaps best read as a library book. Contains a few thoughtful insights, especially on Gerome. The choice of illustrations and their quality (colours) was a major disappointment. Davies' The Orientalist is much better for images - the selection, quality of the printing. Peltre's book looks nice and imposing - until one opens it. Rather I had not bought...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful coffee table book, 13 July 1999
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This review is from: Orientalism in Art (Hardcover)
This lavish volume shows the strong influence of Oriental themes on Nineteenth Century European art. The European fascination with everything Oriental is evident in the wide range of paintings in this book. The author explains how and why the Oriental subjects became so pervasive. She draws extensively on the writings of the artists themselves and their critics to provide the background for this movement. The book is thoroughly illustrated in full color of the highest quality. Subject matter includes striking landscapes & architecturals, historical scenes, native peoples, sensual women & harem scenes. This book is appealing on different levels. As a coffee table book it is beautiful to browse. As a scholarly work it brings together and makes sense of many artists' work within a common cultural theme.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth for the text, not for the pictures, 4 May 2006
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A scholarly work, perhaps best read as a library book. Contains a few thoughtful insights, especially on Gerome. The choice of illustrations and their quality (colours) was a major disappointment. Davies' The Orientalist is much better for images - the selection, quality of the printing. Peltre's book looks nice and imposing - until one opens it. Rather I had not bought it myself.
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