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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To anyone who doubts that the art of botanical illustration is alive and well in the 20th century, this stunning volume will be a revelation. Here representative works of more than 100 contemporary botanical artists from around the world are presented in superb color reproductions that do full justice to their breathtaking beauty and technical brilliance. Far more than scientific studies, these exquisite depictions of everything from pansies, squash blossoms and beetroot to mushrooms, lilies and exotic tropical plants are elegant works of art, some by well-known artists such as Margaret Mee and Anne Ophelia Dowden; others are by equally talented artists only beginning to be recognized by the general public, often because of Sherwood's interest. The illustrations are accompanied by perceptive essays in which the author, a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, explains how she built her collection, gives her impressions of the artists and their working methods and evaluates their output and careers. This glorious book, published in conjunction with a traveling exhibition, proves that botanical illustration, so popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, is no less an art form today. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Sherwood, a botanist and trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, rekindled her interest in botanical illustration when the Kew Gardens Gallery opened in 1990. Since then, she has acquired a remarkable collection of contemporary botanical art representing artists from 17 countries. To promote revived interest in botanical art and share her collection with the world, she has published this book in conjunction with a traveling exhibition. It is beautifully illustrated with page after page of exquisite reproductions. Sherwood has arranged each artist alphabetically, with brief comments on their background and her personal encounters with them. At least one full-color reproduction appears on the facing page, with some additional detail images that allow closer study of the artists' technique. There is no index to the specimens themselves, but title, size, and medium are noted with each work. More than mere scientific documentation, these images offer transcendence to a world of botanical delight. An excellent addition for art and botanical libraries as well as public libraries with an interest in the subject.Judith Lesso, Health Sciences Lib., West Virginia Univ.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789202192
  • Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.35 (w) x 11.72 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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