Art

Art

by Robert Cumming
     
 

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Your eyes will indeed be opened, and what you see in works of art will come newly alive when you have Robert Cumming, the former chairman of Christie's International Art Studies, as your guide.

With tremendous erudition and tart, provocative opinions, Cumming zeroes in on the essential characteristics of more than 770 painters, showing us, for example, what it

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Your eyes will indeed be opened, and what you see in works of art will come newly alive when you have Robert Cumming, the former chairman of Christie's International Art Studies, as your guide.

With tremendous erudition and tart, provocative opinions, Cumming zeroes in on the essential characteristics of more than 770 painters, showing us, for example, what it was that made Rembrandt's art unique. He explains the conventions of narrative and iconography in Western art, such as the representation of St. Lawrence, who is always seen lying on a hot griddle. And Cumming defines several hundred terms— both technical (gouache, sfumato, craquelure) and critical/historical (Expressionism, Mannerism, the Hudson River School)— that so often mystify a viewer.

Cumming's no-nonsense guide is enlightening and entertaining; lavishly illustrated with the key works of hundreds of artists; concise and portable enough to use in the "field" (museums and galleries); and so substantial you will refer to it often at home.

There is nothing like ART.

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Children's Literature
The great failing of this book is that it pretends to discuss the world of art while excluding art from most of the world. With the exception of four Mexican artists and a brief reference to the prehistoric Middle East and Egypt, there are no examples of art from Asia, Africa, Australia, or the rest of Central and South America. Almost as shocking is the assertion that it was unusual for a talented artist to go unrecognized, a rather sweeping statement to cover thousands of years and many thousands of artists. What this collection does include is a large number of beautiful reproductions of art in the Western tradition—from the early cave paintings of Lascaux to the present, and as a compendium of Western Art, this field guide is an exceptional resource. Presented chronologically, the text on each period includes historical references and a brief commentary on the predominant styles of the day. Individual artists are only recognized in the Gothic and Early Renaissance periods. Brief biographies are included with information about the artist's country of birth, where they lived, the media they used, and the most recent sales price of a specific work of art. 2005, DK Publishing, Ages 12 to adult.
—Kristin Harris

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564588487
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Series:
Annotated Guides Series
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 14.13(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Cumming worked at the Tate Gallery in London before moving to Christie's. He is now an independent writer, lecturer, and organizer of exhibitions and television programs.

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