Paintings of the Southwest

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The Southwest, particularly Arizona and New Mexico, comes alive in this book as a land ablaze with colors and brilliance uniquely its own. Here the deep-blue expanse of sky meets the fiery reds and oranges of breathtaking canyons, deserts, and deep valleys, which stretch into rugged mountains. This complex and diverse landscape and the extraordinary cultures thriving within it have been a wellspring of inspiration for artists and source of wonder for many. In paintings by Victor Higgins, Thomas Moran, Edward ...

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Overview

The Southwest, particularly Arizona and New Mexico, comes alive in this book as a land ablaze with colors and brilliance uniquely its own. Here the deep-blue expanse of sky meets the fiery reds and oranges of breathtaking canyons, deserts, and deep valleys, which stretch into rugged mountains. This complex and diverse landscape and the extraordinary cultures thriving within it have been a wellspring of inspiration for artists and source of wonder for many. In paintings by Victor Higgins, Thomas Moran, Edward Hopper, John Sloan, Marsden Hartley, Maynard Dixon, Georgia O'Keeffe and many others we, too, share in visions of the beauty, mystery, and grandeur that has drawn artists and travelers alike to the Southwest.

The breathtaking expanse of the Southwest is nowhere more accessible than in the over ninety glorious landscapes of this book. Accompanying the art are selected writings of such famous authors as D.H. Lawrence and Willa Cather. Suzan Campbell's introduction briefly traces the history of the Southwest along with its continual allure for both regional and visiting artists.

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KLIATT
Gorgeous! There is no other word for this unassuming little book. Filled with full-page illustrations of watercolors and oil paintings made in the American Southwest over the last 150 years, this is a kaleidoscopic presentation of works by artists of many schools and styles, from the well-known canvases of Georgia O'Keefe to less-familiar works by Hopper, Hartley, Marin, and Ernst and on to works of artists whose names are not necessarily well known to gallery goers. The introduction by Susan Campbell traces the development of the art colonies in Arizona and Taos, New Mexico, identifying specific canvases in the book. Those not mentioned in the introduction can be identified through the artists' biographies and credits at the back of the book. The illustrations are from an amazingly wide selection of American museums and are grouped somewhat haphazardly but roughly according to subject. The paintings stand by themselves sometimes and are sometimes accompanied by a quotation from an artist's diary or from a writer trying to find words for the beauty of the landscape. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1994, Univ. of New Mexico Press, 128p. illus., Moore
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This relatively small (9x7.25<">) paperbound book<-->a reprint (1994, Chameleon Books)<-->is an attractive compendium of interest to travellers, artists, and others with a feeling for the landscape of the American Southwest. It presents 95 color plates from 68 artists (among them: Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O'Keeffe). Accompanying the reproductions are quotes and brief excerpts from writers who, like the painters, were particularly inspired by the region. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826328434
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128

Meet the Author

Arnold Skolnick is also the editor of Paintings of Maine and Paintings of California. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This is a wonderful collection of Southwestern scenes by many famous painters of the past 100 years or so. I've had a copy of this books for several years and am so impressed that I recently purchased another as a gift for friends who live in the Santa Fe area.

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