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Frederic Church (Published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art) Hardcover – 18 Oct 2005
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'A handsome and generously illustrated book.' -- Burlington Magazine, September 2006
About the Author
John K. Howat is Curator Emeritus at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Fredric Church is the painter that made me reevaluate the importance, passion and energy that landscapes have in the visual arts. Before being exposed to his work I felt that landscape painting was boring. After seeing his work, I realized how wrong I was. Church has captured the magistey and grandure of nature in a way that in my opinion has not ever been surpassed and only equaled by a few.
This book was worth every penny that I spent on it and if you are looking for " The Book " On Church, this is the one to buy!
Book #1: By Franklin Kelly - National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Press (1989)
Book #2: By John K. Howat - Yale University Press (2005)
(All numbers given, are for the numbered reproductions in Book #2.)
Paintings in Book #2 (in Color), that are NOT in Book #1 -
#1, 9, 10, 13, 15, 18, 24, 25, 27, 29, 40, 41, 42, 48, 53, 60, 66, 67, 68, 70, 73, 74, 75, 81, 82, 86, 94, 95, 96, 97, 114, 115, 120, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 140, 142, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 169, 182, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195
Paintings in Color in Book #2, that are ONLY in Black & White in Book #1 -
#16, 21, 117, 124, 126, 134, 177, 181, 185, 189
(I didn't include any of the details, drawings, sketches, or photographs.)
I made comparisons of every reproduction, where both books had the same paintings. Here is a simplified overview, of which book had the best reproduction:
REPRODUCTIONS THAT WERE MUCH BETTER IN BOOK #1 -
#22, 26, 46, 53, 65, 72, 92, 118, 137, 175
REPRODUCTIONS THAT WERE MUCH BETTER IN BOOK #2 -
#17, 28, 31, 33, 34, 38, 41, 47, 49, 50, 51, 69, 71, 83, 113, 116, 125, 128, 168, 178, 180
The others were either EQUAL, or there was just a slight preference between the two.
Overall, the printing and the paper stock, is better in Book #2.
The main fault of the reproductions in Book #2 (that are better in Book #1), is they are too dark. And the main fault of the reproductions in Book #1, is that many of the reproductions are too yellow (or red, etc.).
The TITLES were different (most likely wrong in Book #1) for these paintings -
#49 (!), 53, 134, 179 (!), 185
#160 is CROPPED in Book #2! (The entire bottom, and the right-hand side).
There were many differences in the SIZE of the reproductions - too many to mention.
(Overall, Book #1 had larger reproductions, but of course had fewer paintings.)
Book #1: "FREDERICK EDWIN CHURCH" - 205 illustrations, 75 in color - 211 pages
Book #2: "FREDERICK CHURCH" - 198 illustrations, 154 in color - 213 pages
Geoffrey Chandler - February 15, 2007 - San Francisco, California
P.S. The guy who wrote the earlier review was dead wrong. This is NOT "pricey", it's a bargain!
Although I've seen such famous works as the Niagara Falls (Corcoran Gallery, DC) and The Heart of the Andes (Met, NY), this book made me eager to seek out some of the others, so if I find myself in Dallas in the future I'll be sure to check out his spectacular Iceberg painting.
The only negative I have about the book is that it didn't say much about the scenes that were painted by Church. For example, there's a whole chapter about The Heart of the Andes but it wasn't made clear if this was an actual real landscape that had been painted or whether it was a creation of Church that was based on sketches of different locations.
Finally, after enjoying the book so much I thought it would be nice to buy it, but it seems to be out of print now and the prices of the Amazon sellers are rather high. Hopefully the publisher will reprint it.
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