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5.0 out of 5 stars an unsung great artist, 1 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Keith Vaughan: Figure and Ground: Drawings, Prints and Photographs 1935 - 62 (Paperback)
Keith Vaughan is one of the great artists of the 20th century, but he seems to have been eclipsed a bit by people like Bacon, Hockney and Freud, as have others of his generation. For me he is very much on a par with them, and his work has a superb graphic power that comes from the deepest involvement with his subjects: the landscape and, perhaps most of all, the male figure. There is a starkness that has real beauty, and is instantly recognisable, with a deceptive, crude-seeming surface, but this is what gives rise to the power. In fact his thick lines have great energy and reflect a graphic genius in the way Picasso's do (although he seems more personal than Picasso - easier to love, perhaps, in spite of the artist's torment, in which respect he was very different from the Spanish giant). This catalogue contains a number of essays that are brilliantly illustrated with works that are not often seen, including a number of reproductions of his book illustrations for Tom Sawyer and other novels. Some did not even make it into the published book, so their reproduction here is invaluable. There are also a lot of prints, and photos, giving a fascinating overview of the inspiration behind his work. The texts are brilliantly laid out, starting quite a way down on each page, and printed large - to open it is to start reading, and to be drawn in. It's one of the most exciting book purchases I've made for ages, yet it looks, modestly, like a thick magazine, so it doesn't take up too much room on the shelf.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Filling in the blancks, 3 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Keith Vaughan: Figure and Ground: Drawings, Prints and Photographs 1935 - 62 (Paperback)
Informed, well presented catalogue of this 2013 Cardiff exhibition.
No serious Keith Vaughan fan should be without this impressive volume
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5.0 out of 5 stars Julian Freeman for Cassone, 2 Feb 2014
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Informative, stimulating, telling as any accumulation of information in a bells-and-whistles book, and very much a ‘first’, Figure and Ground sidesteps the better-known oil paintings of British artist Keith Vaughan (1912–77) to draw deeply on the University of Aberystwyth’s collection of his photographs and works on paper, prints and drawings. Most of that holding has never been previously exhibited, published or formed the basis of any critical study.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 7 Nov 2013
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This is a really interesting book for anyone who follows Keith Vaughan and his early career of printing and drawings.
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