Richard Parkes Bonington: The Complete Paintings

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Only twenty-five at the time of his death in 1828, young Richard Parkes Bonington nevertheless was a seminal figure in the development of modernism in nineteenth-century French painting. This catalogue raisonné of his oil and watercolor paintings represents the first attempt to establish and present the artist’s complete known oeuvre. Drawing on 25 years of research, Patrick Noon catalogues, analyzes, and reproduces 400 artworks now indisputably attributed to Bonington. Many of ...

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Overview

Only twenty-five at the time of his death in 1828, young Richard Parkes Bonington nevertheless was a seminal figure in the development of modernism in nineteenth-century French painting. This catalogue raisonné of his oil and watercolor paintings represents the first attempt to establish and present the artist’s complete known oeuvre. Drawing on 25 years of research, Patrick Noon catalogues, analyzes, and reproduces 400 artworks now indisputably attributed to Bonington. Many of these paintings have never before been published.

The book sets Bonington’s achievement in the context of the intellectual, social, and artistic ferment of high romanticism in Paris and London, and it shows the profound effect of his style on his friend and contemporary, Eugène Delacroix, and many others. Noon’s detailed and accurate study will inform all future discourse on Bonington and his remarkable legacy.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 by Choice Magazine
Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library - Minnesota Book Award Finalist
Chosen as a finalist in the 2010 Minnesota Book Awards General Nonfiction category
Library Journal

Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-28) was a brilliant landscape watercolorist who produced more than 400 paintings and drawings during his short life. Born in England, Bonington moved to France with his family in 1817, where he was introduced to EugA ne Delacroix and studied with Baron Gros. His work drew praise from critics and influenced romantic and naturalist painters in both France and England. There has never been a reliable catalog of Bonington's oeuvre to support art historians' study of him. His work was widely copied and forged, which led to many misattributions. Fortunately, Noon (Patrick & Aimee Butler Chair of Paintings and Modern Sculpture, Minneapolis Inst. of Arts) has devoted several decades to researching Bonington and his work; his definitive catalogue raisonné contains 380 color and 60 black-and-white illustrations, plus a biographical essay on Bonington, a chronology of his life, two bibliographies, and detailed indexes. The book's scholarly focus and high price make it most appropriate for art history and museum libraries.
—Martha Smith

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300134216
  • Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • Publication date: 2/17/2009
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 13.30 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Noon is Patrick and Aimee Butler Chair of Paintings and Modern Sculpture, Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Foreword 7

Introduction Life and Works 8

Chronology 72

Abbreviated References 78

Catalogue

Landscape Paintings in Watercolor 82

Landscape Paintings in Oil 187

The Italian Journey 267

Figure Paintings in Watercolor 336

Figure Paintings in Oil 420

Additional Bibliography 461

Figure References in Catalogue 463

Photo Acknowledgments 464

Index 466

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