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4.9 out of 5 stars
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on 8 April 2010
Harry Clarke (1889 to 1931) had a tragically short lifespan and worked at an incredibly driven pace. Running his family Stained-Glass business creating masterpieces in stained-glass windows, book illustrations and graphic art. His work was influenced to a degree by the Ballet Russes and he created windows which look like enchanted bejewelled artwork. The colours he used, the painterly strokes on the glass create such awesome and seemingly fragile beauty. Look closer and you will find there is often a darker side to the scenes he has depicted. A terrible beauty - shockingly overwhelming in its attraction for the viewer and yet ... so ... so very beautiful.

It is always a privilege to stand beneath one of his windows and marvel at the artist's genius. His chosen and commissioned subjects all come to life. They haunt your dreams, the characters holding your attention with their luminous eyes.

Harry Clarke's ever-growing reputation around the world make it increasingly hard to find books about the artist. This is a newly published marvellous work about his stained glass. As the publisher historypress.ie says

"In total 160 windows, and a small number of panels, were created by Harry Clarke. This book is unique in that it contains his entire stained-glass collection, including those windows now in art galleries. This collection has never before been photographed or published in its entirety."

Costigan and Cullen, the authors, have thoroughly researched Harry's works, consulting with such experts as Nicola Gordon Bowe, and are to be congratulated on this beautiful and engrossing book. I hope they will publish more about Harry Clarke's work, his sketches, illustrations and graphic art. The plates are astounding, making this book a work of art in itself. Due for release on May 1, it is highly recommended
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on 31 March 2016
Whilst at least one reviewer has reservations, I find this book to be the most beautiful art book I have ever handled. The quality of the illustrations is fantastic, with a great many details and the appendices are exemplary. Tremendous value for money.
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on 29 April 2016
Exactly what I wanted, inspiration for more places to see examples of these beautiful stained glass windows. Quick delivery too.
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on 14 September 2017
Very well written excellent photographs. Lovely book. The finest stained glass artist to date...... in my opinion
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on 8 December 2016
I now know more about this creative individual.
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on 27 May 2016
beautiful book but it was a present..
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on 15 August 2017
As expected
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on 16 January 2014
With most of the glass designed by harry Clarke, the photography and detailed analysis of each subject and location is well done. That he was a genius is well born out and his short life is to be mourned for all devotees.
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on 27 August 2012
The work of Harry Clarke is legendary amongst stained glass artists worldwide. This book is a wonderful celebration of the life and work of Clarke. It is a must have addition to any glass artists library. I'm so very glad I found it and would recommend Amazon UK to anyone wishing to procure a copy.
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on 27 February 2014
great book, was given as a present and he loved it. a must for any library or an addition to any collection
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