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Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Paintings of Willem Van Aelst Hardcover – 6 Mar 2012
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About the Author
Tanya Paul is the Ruth G. Hardman Curator of European Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. James Clifton is director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and curator of Renaissance and Baroque painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Julie Berger Hochstrasser is associate professor of art history at the University of Iowa. Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., is curator of Dutch and Flemish paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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The catalogue presents twenty-nine of van Aelst's oeuvre of around 150 known works, along with many comparison illustrations and detail studies, in excellent reproductions (this is a Skira Rizzoli book) and accompanied by detailed commentaries. The five introductory essays, all by acknowledged experts in the field, are very informative and well written, and there is a good bibliography and index. But it's the amazing paintings you won't want to miss.
The paintings are inspiring. There are many close-ups of portions of paintings, giving insight into van Aelst's methods. The reproductions are very good quality and the hardback book, dust-jacketed and covered in red fabric, is very well made. This would make an excellent gift book.
My decision to buy this book was highly influenced by the reviews by Kenneth Hughes and Hector Stanislaw de Garza. I agree with everything they said.