Old Masters: Great Artists in Old Age

Old Masters: Great Artists in Old Age

by Thomas Dormandy
     
 
"Ancora imparo" (Still I'm learning)
-Michelangelo, Aged 87
"If Heaven will grant me but ten more years, I promise to be a truly great artist."
-Hokusai, Aged 89
Kandinsky, Titian, Hals, Turner, Renoir and Munch, and a surprisingly large number of other major artists, lived to be over seventy-five. Some of their finest and most distinctive works,

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"Ancora imparo" (Still I'm learning)
-Michelangelo, Aged 87
"If Heaven will grant me but ten more years, I promise to be a truly great artist."
-Hokusai, Aged 89
Kandinsky, Titian, Hals, Turner, Renoir and Munch, and a surprisingly large number of other major artists, lived to be over seventy-five. Some of their finest and most distinctive works, including Michelangelo's last Pietà, Goya's Black Paintings and Monet's Water Lilies, were done in old age. Whether experimenting with new approaches, adopting new techniques, responding to changed circumstances and debilities, or reacting to the approach of death, the intensity of the late work of many of the greatest artists is striking.
Childhood genius has often been studied but, astonishingly, this is the first book to draw attention to a considerably more important artistic phenomenon. Old Masters establishes beyond doubt the frequency with which elderly painters and sculptors reached new heights in their seventies and eighties and suggest why and how they did so.
Beautifully illustrated and superbly written, Old Masters offers us a rare, intimate, and often surprising glimpse into the final days of some of the world's most cherished artists.
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Author Biography: Thomas Dormandy is a consultant pathologist and the author of The White Death: A History of Tuberculosis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781852852900
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.45(d)

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