Isaak Levitan: Lyrical Landscape Hardcover – Illustrated, 22 Apr 2015
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'This beautifully illustrated book effectively evokes his spirit.' --Northern Echo
'Averil King has published a valuable and well-illustrated guide to his work...lyrical and atmospheric paintings.' --The Independent
About the Author
Averil King has an especial interest in the art of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She writes for Apollo Magazine and Art Newspaper and is the author of Isaak Levitan Lyrical Landscape (Philip Wilson Publishers, 2004 and 2006) and Paula Modersohn-Becker (Antique Collectors' Club, 2009).
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From the point of view of someone fond of painting and wanting to learn something new this book is full of mere waffle. For instance, the genesis of notions like Impressionism or the Barbizon School, circumstances of founding the Salon des Refuses, main features of pointilism and other obvious things that someone interested in art will already know. The main subject thus is dissolved in "revelations" on history of art and - due to the prolonged and detailed digressions and descriptions focussed on other artists' works - gets often completely dropped out of sight. It also gets eclipsed by other issues, like in chapter 17., which begins with a statement that Levitan could have been a successful portraitist, if he had not preferred landscapes. The reader though will not learn for sure what makes the author think so, because considerable part of this chapter consists of the examples of portraits painted by Levitan's contemporaries and remarks on Levitan's growing old and weak due to his illness.
All in all, Averil King's book can often make the reader wonder on whose artistic output it actually is.
a lot of ground with many of his works reproduced here. If you are looking for
a good reference point this very affordable account of his life and works is
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What a painter of light! lovely book, really interesting, great picturesPublished 10 months ago by Joanna Castle
This book was bought as a raffle prize for a Fine Arts Society lecture. The raffle winners seemed very pleased with their prize so I guess it was a hit.Published on 3 Jan. 2013 by BrendaMc