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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club Ltd; New Edition edition (22 April 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851496459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851496457
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.1 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Having tried unsuccessfully to find an accurate copy of Levitan's "March" for some months, I was very pleased that this book had finally become available. What surprised me was that the beauty of this particular painting was dwarfed by the book itself - insights into his character, relationships, working techniques, and stories surrounding the genesis of some of his greatest works. Some almost-first-hand recollections by those who sketched alongside of the artist or knew him as a friend make this a hugely respectable book. His work was not glib - even his sketches are more than the sum of their parts, and he never fell back on any kind of manner. It was as if he was able to re-make himself afresh for every picture, which is why all his pictures are different, and important in their own way: not the swish-swish-done! of modern look-how-fast technicians but something deeper, which makes you feel you are looking not so much at a light playing over a surface, but playing over the soul. You begin to realise the depth of the man himself, perhaps the true measure of art. So if you want to immerse yourself in the work, and the life and times, of one of the greatest artists of the last two hundred years, this is probably the book for you.
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Beautifully reproduced pictures in a book which is far too good for a coffee table! This is exactly the kind of volume I've looked for about Isaak Levitan ever since the unexpected emotional impact of standing before "Nad Vyechnym Pokoyem"/"Over Eternal Rest" at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow last year. Of course, this painting is given comprehensive treatment in this richly informative volume but there are a host of less well-known paintings with similarly detailed information on the influences which helped to produce them, including Levitan's acquaintances. Now that I know that "Over Eternal Rest" was inspired by a lake near Vyshniy Volochek I might even make a special effort to visit the place some day! Congratulations to Averil KIng on a superlative and enriching piece of work.

Ian D
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...it will rather suit someone who just wants to read something on Levitan's work and therefore is unfamiliar with the history of art.

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.
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There are very few books on this very underated artist. This book covers
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
a must.
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