16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2004
I would have liked to give this beautiful book 5 stars as the quality of the art was exactly as I would have expected of Jack Vettriano, it looses a star because of the layout of the gallery section of the book where a number of the paintings are layed out across the centre crease. I would rather have a smaller reproduction on one side of paper than a larger reproduction part of whose detail is lost in the book's crease.
But don't let my critism put you off this book, there are a lot of painting reproduced on a single side and therefore have not spoilt by the book's formatting.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2003
If anyone out there once had the oppertunity to purchase one of this man's paintings, but passed on it because you couldn't afford it and eat at the same time, this book is a real treat. Jack Vettrano's paintings are possibly some of the best art work to come out of the 20th Century, and, as the introductions states, now outsell any other poster images available. Quite right too. Each painting is a captured moment in time. The back story is yours to define and the moments after are too. What he manages to capture is that amazing turning point in a story, where, for a moment, you can't imagine what's going to happen.
As you can now find his pictures on everything from calenders and biscuit tins to mouse mats and coasters, this book is a wonderful insight into the man and his painings, reprducing far more than you will ever find in the art cards section in Smiths. From his beautiful beach settings, to the more erotic, sometimes disturbing nightlife scenes, you are taken to a place that could have existed if George Orwell and Edward Hopper ever went into business together. (Surreal I know, but...)
A note to the publishers however: Please don't print across two pages, we want to see the whole picture without breaking the book's spine!
Other than that, this is a wonderful book. If only I had the money to buy that painting all that time ago...