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This review is from: Hang-Ups: A Collection of Essays on Art (Hardcover)
Simon Schama is as great an art critic as historian; he brings his historian's knowledge to art and writes with passion and beauty on both.
In a challengingly entitled essay on Stanley Spencer, "The Church of Me", he tackles the visionary complexities and stylised paintings of this unique artist and his place in the art world. The tongue-in-cheek" pun, "True Grid", begins a fascinating essay on Piet Mondrian, an artist not fully appreciated and "conversion to the creed" takes time.
The startling range is as follows:
Dutch Games: Sweerts, Rembrant, Goltzius, Vermeer
British Eyes: Lawrence, Rowlandson, Hogarth, Spencer
Modern Eyes: Homer, Trompe l'Oeil Painting, Photograohy, Schiele, Soutine, Mondrian
Fresh Marks: Hockney, Close, Kelly, Rwombly, Henriques, Brenner, Kiefer, Goldsworthy
Fixtures: Renaissance Armour, Salons and Cellars, Mackintosh, Haute Coutoure,
It makes a great companion to his later book, "The Power of Art".