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Manhattan in Detail: An Intimate Portrait in Watercolor
     

Manhattan in Detail: An Intimate Portrait in Watercolor

by Robert L. Bowden
 
Like the most seasoned en plein air painters, Robert Bowden has skillfully painted the Manhattan landscape and presents a watercolor chronicle that has a timeless quality. Bowden’s painting style and the charming medium gives his cityscapes both an intimacy and immediacy that perfectly capture the most alluring aspects of New York. Some subjects in this book are

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Like the most seasoned en plein air painters, Robert Bowden has skillfully painted the Manhattan landscape and presents a watercolor chronicle that has a timeless quality. Bowden’s painting style and the charming medium gives his cityscapes both an intimacy and immediacy that perfectly capture the most alluring aspects of New York. Some subjects in this book are welcomely familiar, some are more anonymous, but all capture the heart and life of Manhattan. Landmarks include: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain; The Guggenheim; the Flatiron building; the Central Park West skyline; Washington Square Park; and Vesuvio Bakery, to name only a few. Manhattan in Detail is a little jewel of a book perfect for the resident, visitor, or armchair traveler alike.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Bowden effectively turns Broadways' hometown into a beautiful empty set, ready for the viewer's imagination to play upon." ~Passport

"Bowden provides both a carefully observed introduction to the city and a new look at a familiar landscape, suitable for tourists and natives alike." ~Publisher's Weekly

“In the new book Manhattan in Detail: An Intimate Portrait in Watercolor, Robert L. Bowdon presents intimate, beautiful scenes of Manhattan’s most prized sites.” ~Quest Magazine

“This book should appeal to anyone who appreciates the softness of watercolor, the grit of the big city or the immenseness of Bowden’s talent.” ~Pittsburgh Magazine

Publishers Weekly
This book features charming watercolor renderings of some of Manhattan's most beloved landmarks, as well as some little-known treasures: alongside the evocatively blotchy image of Times Square at night is Vesuvio Bakery in Soho, run by Anthony Dapolito, "known and loved as the unofficial mayor of Greenwich Village." Each painting is accompanied by a few telling details-who knew the city originally used Washington Square Park as a public gallows?-making a brisk, satisfying tour of Manhattan. Though watercolor is typically used to capture nature scenes, Bowden bridges the gap effortlessly with a careful brush stroke, muted colors and a skill for capturing the movement of a busy street scene. An artist who teaches at Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, Bowden provides both a carefully observed introduction to the city and a new look at a familiar landscape, suitable for tourists and natives alike.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789316912
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
04/29/2008
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 8.31(h) x 0.58(d)

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Robert Bowden has had fourteen solo exhibitions and his work is part of the permanent collections of three national museums. Bowden teaches watercolor painting at Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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