Landscapes of New Mexico: Paintings of the Land of Enchantment

Landscapes of New Mexico: Paintings of the Land of Enchantment

by Suzan Campbell
     
 

The very words "New Mexico landscape" immediately conjure up a mental image of other-worldly beauty. But the mind's eye of each person may see an entirely different picture, for there are as many interpretations of this scenic treasure as there are artists to paint it. This lavish book, the fifth in the New Mexico Artist Series, presents more than fifty artists

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The very words "New Mexico landscape" immediately conjure up a mental image of other-worldly beauty. But the mind's eye of each person may see an entirely different picture, for there are as many interpretations of this scenic treasure as there are artists to paint it. This lavish book, the fifth in the New Mexico Artist Series, presents more than fifty artists whose styles run the gamut from impeccable realism to interpretive abstraction. The unifying theme is the light on the land, and the abiding message is that there are unlimited ways to observe and appreciate it.

The history of landscape painting in New Mexico comes vividly to life in this book, as does a sure feel for the current art scene. Profiles of the great names in the field, as well as some very interesting discoveries among emerging artists, provide the reader with an exciting overview of this popular subject.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Most Americans are familiar with traditional Southwest landscape paintings that include diffuse sunsets, cowboys atop horses, or distant adobe churches against mountain scenes. Once readers open this magnificent new book documenting New Mexico's contemporary landscape paintings, they may find themselves compelled to reconsider. John Axton depicts the landscapes in his oil paintings with shooting lines and abstract forms, for instance, while more traditional artists, like Morris Rippel, create watercolor visions with golden trees framing adobe homes. Campbell (Spirit and Vision: Images of the Rachos de Taos Church), curator of the concurrent Santa Fe exhibition, sets the scene in her opening essay, providing a cursory history of the artists who were entranced by New Mexico's landscapes and moved to the state in the early 1900s. Arts writer Deats (Evelyne Boren: Joie de Vivre) crafts 57 beautiful essays along with a brief biography of each artist that includes statements about the artists' techniques, connections to galleries, interests in New Mexico, and associations to contemporary art communities. The 200 images are masterfully reproduced. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-Valerie Nye, Coll. of Santa Fe Lib. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780976252368
Publisher:
Fresco Fine Art Publications, LLC
Publication date:
04/25/2006
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 11.62(h) x 1.11(d)

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