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Edwin Dickinson: A Critical History of His Paintings

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John Ward's book is the first monograph to be published on the paintings of this important, but neglected artist. It includes careful analyses of all the paintings Dickinson considered his major ones and discussions of a wide range of his other work. Imagery, process, and pictorial structure are examined in terms of Dickinson's biography and training, his convictions and enthusiasms, the artistic traditions upon which he drew, and the effect of personal loss on his work. Materials studied in researching the book ...
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Overview

John Ward's book is the first monograph to be published on the paintings of this important, but neglected artist. It includes careful analyses of all the paintings Dickinson considered his major ones and discussions of a wide range of his other work. Imagery, process, and pictorial structure are examined in terms of Dickinson's biography and training, his convictions and enthusiasms, the artistic traditions upon which he drew, and the effect of personal loss on his work. Materials studied in researching the book included fifty-six years of the artist's journals and several thousand pages of his letters.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Difficult to define and impossible to pigeonhole, Edwin Dickinson (1891-1978) has always posed a challenge to curators and scholars. Art historian Ward (Univ. of Florida) attempts to right some of the past wrongs in this first book devoted solely to the artist and his work. Dickinson's paintings exude a strange, spectral quality that mixes abstract shapes and forms with ambiguous figures and objects. Though he was well known and highly respected by a host of American artists throughout the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, his art largely escaped the public's notice. Mixing biographical information with psychoanalytic interpretations of Dickinson's major works, Ward, an artist himself, takes a stab at unraveling the mysteries of Dickinson's work and defining the indefinable-no easy task, since Dickinson refused to explain his artistic intentions or theorize about art at all. Following closely on the heels of Hudson Hills Press's exhibition catalog Edwin Dickinson: Dreams and Realities (2002), this monograph may signify a resurgence in Dickinson scholarship. Unfortunately, it contains only a disappointing 16 pages of color plates. Recommended for libraries with strong American art collections.-Kraig A. Binkowski, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611492101
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Pages: 261
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Ward is Professor of Art History and Painting at the University of Florida.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations 7
Preface 9
Acknowledgments 11
Introduction 13
1 Edwin Dickinson, "extraordinary man" 21
2 Pinning Down a Maverick 27
3 The Shaping of an Artist 39
4 New Directions 1915-1916 55
5 Postwar Years and European Study 65
6 Dark Paintings: An Anniversary and Two Figures II 75
7 Hard Times and Arctic Pictures 83
8 The Cello Player 93
9 Works of the Later 1920s 101
10 Marriage, Balloons, Roses, and Dark Holes 117
11 Woodland Scene 127
12 Dark Subjects in a Lighter Key 133
13 Composition with Still Life 147
14 A Year in Europe, a House in Wellfleet, and a Gallery in New York 155
15 Premier Coups and Other Smaller Paintings 163
16 Ruin at Daphne 183
17 Some Small Postwar Paintings 197
18 An End to Painting: South Wellfleet Inn and Other Works 211
19 Later Years 221
Notes 223
Bibliography 249
Index 255
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