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Art and Yorkshire: From Turner to Hockney Paperback – 17 Mar 2014

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Great Northern Books Ltd (17 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957639996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957639997
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This much-needed book is a study of the art that has been inspired by the county of Yorkshire and the artists it has produced. It will appeal both to those who love Yorkshire and those with a general interest in British art.

The beauty of Yorkshire’s landscape moved the great British painter JMW Turner to tears – and he understandably features extensively in these pages. Some artists came before him, and many came after him. Art and Yorkshire looks at the activities of the provincial portrait painters; the art patronage of Yorkshire’s aristocratic families and the wealthy industrialists of the Victorian age; through to Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth carving their monumental sculpture inspired by the rough-hewn landscape, and then David Hockney painting vividly-coloured trees beside a road near Bridlington. Yorkshire is a vast county with a diversity of landscapes that seem to define the characters of the people who live in them. There are areas such as the Dales that have attracted artists from far afield with their sheer beauty, and others that have sent creative natives packing, in search of brighter colour and a more benign light. The people of Yorkshire celebrated in this book, in portraits, figure studies and narrative scenes, may not have spent their whole lives in the county, maybe they were not even born here, but in some way or other they have been defined by Yorkshire.

This book is illustrated with some 120 images, gathered from numerous sources. It is arranged in a series of thematic chapters covering landscape, city and industry, the sea, and people. Setting the content in context is an inspirational and evocative preface by Alan Bennett.


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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 April 2015
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Jane Sellars’s book on art in Yorkshire is subtitled ‘From Turner to Hockney’. It is copiously illustrated, all in glorious colour, but alas only a few are without white borders. The book’s 144 pages is split into five thematic chapters: 1. Introduction; 2. The Yorkshire Landscape; 3. City & Industry; 4. The Sea; and 5. Yorkshire People. Although by no means exclusively devoted to landscapes, these titles do give an indication that a sense of place takes priority over those inhabiting that space. For example, there are eleven pictures by Turner.

The fifteen-page introduction is a concise and well-written autobiography that will go a long way in explaining why Sellars has chosen the pictures that she has for this book. Apart from studying art history at Manchester University in the seventies and a stint as an education officer at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool in the eighties (where amusingly her fifteen-year-old charges gravitated “like moths to a flame” towards Hockney’s “rather explicit homoerotic subjects”), she has spent all her artful life in her native Yorkshire. And the reproductions she has chosen “for me, have that … very special sense of Yorkshire.”

It is ironic that I bought this book in Sheffield, because her life so far seems to have passed South Yorkshire by; this part of the county is conspicuous by its absence. Of over one hundred images reproduced only one is based in this part of the world, and that is a photograph of miners leaving work near Doncaster. Sellars’s attitude is exemplified by her treatment of painter William Cowen, who she tells us, “was born in Rotherham and became a drawing teacher in Sheffield.” But instead of choosing one of his local subjects, we have his ‘View of Bradford’.
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