Euan Uglow: The Complete Paintings

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British artist Euan Uglow (1932–2000) maintained a lower profile than others of his generation, yet his beautiful, intelligent, humane, and often witty landscapes, still lifes, and figure studies are today gaining the recognition they so clearly deserve. Many critics and admirers now consider Uglow one of Britain’s greatest post-war artists.
 
This is the first book devoted to Uglow and his oeuvre. Richard Kendall’s essay explores Uglow’s ...

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Overview

British artist Euan Uglow (1932–2000) maintained a lower profile than others of his generation, yet his beautiful, intelligent, humane, and often witty landscapes, still lifes, and figure studies are today gaining the recognition they so clearly deserve. Many critics and admirers now consider Uglow one of Britain’s greatest post-war artists.
 
This is the first book devoted to Uglow and his oeuvre. Richard Kendall’s essay explores Uglow’s fundamental attitudes, beliefs, and processes in the years 1950 to 1970, and Catherine Lampert looks at the content and personal nature of the artist’s paintings over a lifetime, emphasizing his growing attention to color and light. The volume reproduces every known oil painting by Uglow—a total of more than 400 works—some 80 of which are here reproduced for the first time. In addition to a chronology, bibliography, and exhibition history for each work, the catalogue entries provide many other details and illuminating notes, including the artist’s own observations.

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British artist Euan Uglow (1932-2000) is unfamiliar for good reason: his work wasn't seen by the public apart from two exhibitions in 1974 and 1989, in the gallery that represented him. Lampert (former director, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London) has brought Uglow and his work the attention they deserve. This catalogue raisonné lists all of Uglow's oeuvre and depicts it in 310 color and 120 black-and-white illustrations, which clearly show the artist's debt to Cézanne and Giacometti in his paint handling and in his incorporation of structural drawing, respectively. Two essays by Lampert and Kendall (an independent art historian) explore Uglow's career and his unique working methods, including the meticulous staging of compositions in his studio. Although the book's price will cause many librarians to think twice about purchasing it, libraries supporting fine arts programs or research in 20th-century painting should definitely make the commitment. Highly recommended for academic and art libraries.
—Martha Smith Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300123494
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,040,679
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Lampert, former director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, organized the major exhibitions of Uglow’s work in 1974 and 1979. She is the author of Rodin: Sculpture and Drawings, published by Yale University Press. Richard Kendall is an independent art historian. He is the author of many works on Impressionism and contemporary painting and co-author of The Unknown Monet and the forthcoming Degas and the Art of Japan, both published by Yale University Press.

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    An Extraordinary Monograph: The Complete Euan Uglow

    Euan Uglow was somewhat of an hermetic character with his art. Not inclined toward exhibitions or even interviews during his lifetime, his brilliance as a painter is only now being widely acknowledged by a more international public. This splendid monograph offers intelligent essays by both Richard Kendall who delves into the pertinent period in the artist life - 1950 - 1970- while Catherine Lampert surveys the content of Uglow's paintings and his gradual involvement in his appreciation for color and light that made his later works even more refined than the earlier (and at times more fascinatingly introspective) paintings.

    But the glory of this fine book from Yale University Press is the inclusion of ALL of the known paintings of this phenomenal artist - a feat rarely achieved in monographs of contemporary painters. Euan Uglow was equally at home with landscapes and his luminous still lifes as he was with the figure. But for this viewer it is his cascade of eloquent yet quietly simple nudes that remain in the mind's eye, acting as a reference point when viewing the work of today's figurative artists. The authors are wise to emphasize such masterworks as the early 'Standing Nude', a female model standing next to a geometrically interesting heater that Uglow somehow uses as a reference point for his observation of the chunks of the body; his pastoral 'Musicians' that incorporates his love of landscape painting with his appreciation of the figure; his 'Slade Nude against Green Screen'; 'Nude of an Italian Girl' described by the artists' friends as 'one of his grandest and most sensual nudes'; and his incomprehensibly beautiful 'Beautiful Girl Lying Down', a painting where all of his palette knife like brushstrokes give way to smooth molding of the skin producing one of the finest nude portraits in his career.

    Yet his landscapes and still lifes have a special resonance peculiar to Euan Uglow's vision. Compositionally these works create questions in the viewer's eye while satisfying the celebration of color and form ('Peach with Blue Vase' is an excellent example). This well designed and conceived book includes sketches for his paintings and the little bits of evidential inspiration that help us to appreciate more fully just what a master was Euan Uglow. This is one of the finest monographs yet published about a 'contemporary' painter and it destined to become a collectors' item. Highly recommended.

    Grady Harp

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