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Not bad, but not what I expected.,
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This review is from: The East: Imagined, Experienced, Remembered - Orientalist Nineteenth Century Painting (Paperback)
It's important to say, before I start, that this book is not what I was expecting so my review might be a little biased (although I will try to avoid that). I expected this book to be similar to the other books on Orientalist art, namely filled with fantastic colour reproductions of the artwork, but it isn't. In fact there are no colour pictures inside and it's mostly text with the pictures too small to be fully appreciated.
So that's my first little warning. Don't buy this book if you're just looking for a collection of great Orientalist art. There are much better books for that. For affordable books I can highly recommend The Orientalists (Academy Editions) and 120 Great Orientalist Paintings (from Dover Editions. This one even comes with a CD of the art inside the book). There are other fantastic books on this subject but it can be a pricey interest.
So what is this book good for? It's a great book for learning about the subject itself; Orientalist art in general but a good selection of artists in particular. It includes extracts from the artists journals and diaries along with good notes and references. Because of this, despite my disappointment when I first opened the book, I have decided to keep it because I don't have any books 'about' Orientalism rather than just the pictures. It is filling in the gaps in my knowledge nicely and giving me a a better appreciation of the subject.
To conclude: Don't buy this if you just want the pictures. Do buy this if you want to learn about Orientalist art and artists.