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Orient in Western Art Perfect Paperback – 15 May 2009

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  • Perfect Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: H.F. Ullmann (15 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0841602891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0841602892
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 21.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,642,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The colour of the Orient, the smell of the Orient, its remoteness, its mystery, its glory. Another life, another dream of a life." Georges Clairin (1843-1919)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Gerard-Georges Lemaire was born in 1948 in Paris. He studied at the Institut d'histoire de l'art and at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. In 1974, Lemaire, an author, historian and art critic, translator and journalist, founded the "Connexions" collection at the French publishers Flammarion, in addition to founding the "Les derniers mots" collection at the publisher Christian bourgeois, for whom he also managed the magazine L'Ennemi from 1980-1996. At present, Lemaire is chief editor of the art and literature magazine Verso and is also responsible for the "arts" section of the cultural magazine Les Lettres francaises. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This truly is a gorgeous book. Sturdy hardcover, over 300 pages of well-written information about orientalism in art, various historical events and a more detailed look at some of the featured painters. But best of all, it has tons of beautiful, large reproductions of the paintings - that's what it's all about in the end.

An excellent and varied selection of paintings that leaves you craving for more. I thouroughly enjoyed looking at it and reading it, and I know I will continue to do so in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book and a Great Value 18 Feb. 2010
By Marco Antonio Abarca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been collecting books on Orientalist Art for a number of years. The best two books in English are Kristian Davis' "The Orientalists" and Gerard George Lemaire's "The Orient in Western Art". Unfortunately, Kristian Davis' book is very difficult to find at a reasonable price. When I last looked on Amazon, a used copy of "The Orientalists" was selling for $375.00. If you can find "The Orientalists" for under $100, purchase it. You will not be dissapointed. "The Orientalists" is a coffee table book at its very best.

Lemaire's "The Orient in Western Art" is also a great book. My copy is 360 pages long and is brimming over with beautiful paintings. Along with the captivating images, Lemaire also provides a well written account of the rise in Orientalism in Western Art. This book is reasonably priced and the only recommendation I would make is to purchase the hardback edition. If you are new to Orientalism, this book will inspire you to purchase even more art books on this rich subject. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extravagant and Spectacular 14 Sept. 2001
By Kata - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is nothing short of a spectacular book. While the color reproduction is not perfect, it is generally very good. The coverage is remarkable. I have not read the complete text, but my unsystematic perusal finds it scholarly, interestingly organized, and well written. If you want just one book on Orientalist art, or if you already own ALL the other books on Orientalist art, you MUST have this one!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book 23 May 2011
By Samir Sobhy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Perfect Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a good book on orientalist art. The Orient was a very prominent subject used by many European artists, especially French, British, and Italian, in the late 19th/early 20th Centuries, responding to the fascination of intellectual Europeans with the exotic Orient, to which the elite used to travel. The book gives valuable information on this movement, with a large selection of reproductions, many of them in color, the quality of which is fairly good.
Usually, orientalist art books, especially hardcover, are rather expensive. My copy is a paperback and is reasonably priced. If you are a fan of orientalist art, or if you would like to know and learn about it, this is a good book to buy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Investigating Orientalism in Art 28 Nov. 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Gérard-Georges Lemaire first published this treatise on the influence of Orientalism in Western art in a fine hardcover, strong paper stock volume in 2005 and the book was exceptional in its color reproductions. Now in paperback form the book loses some of its importance as far as the images used in illustrating the author's well-considered writing. The book still remains a stronghold for researchers interested in the impact of the Orient on the Occident.

The book opens with a Preface by Geneviève Lacambre, known for her writing s about French art, especially that of Gustave Moreau, Jules Flandrin, and Manet. She sets the tone of the subject in an historical context. Lemaire then presents the influence of the Ottoman Empire on the painters of the 18th and 19th centuries, and while he does not delve deeply into the reasons that the Orientalists limited their exploration of the Orient to the Near East and Middle East, his selected artists and examples delve deeply into the obsession with Turkish harems an Egyptian marketplaces and the usual sites that fascinated the artists of the day.

The book, and in fact the concept of Orientalism, is Eurocentric an very little attention is paid to the influence of the art of Japan and China on the artists discussed in this book. For that information the reader must resort to other books. But the titles of the chapters indicate the extent of the survey to follow: Orientalism from the 15th to the 17th century, Orientalism in the 18th Century, Orientalism in the19th century, and Orientalism Today. And while the reproductions are not of the highest caliber they are at east plentiful and fine enough to capture the flavor to the topic. This is a reliable resource book, worthy of the attention of painters and art historians and students. Grady Harp, November 11
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