Wolf Kahn Pastels

Overview

Wolf Kahn is one of this country's best-loved contemporary artists. His brilliantly colored landscapes in oil have placed him at the forefront of American representational art. Many collectors equally prize his luminous pastels, the subject of this delightful new book.

With more than 100 colorplates illustrating his brief, breezy essays, Kahn reveals his distinctive approach to working in this medium. Offering a rare glimpse into the way an artist thinks and why he works the way...

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Overview

Wolf Kahn is one of this country's best-loved contemporary artists. His brilliantly colored landscapes in oil have placed him at the forefront of American representational art. Many collectors equally prize his luminous pastels, the subject of this delightful new book.

With more than 100 colorplates illustrating his brief, breezy essays, Kahn reveals his distinctive approach to working in this medium. Offering a rare glimpse into the way an artist thinks and why he works the way he does, Kahn'smusings about the creative process bring a number of key issues to life for artists, students, and art lovers, and make the book a valuable supplementary text for pastel classes. Including an introduction by noted art historian Barbara Novak, this book will be eagerly received by Kahn's devoted following.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810967076
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 403,207
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
To Begin: Why Pastel? 15
The "Real Value" of One's Work 16
Formal Relations 20
"Studies" 22
"Interesting Lines" 25
Start 26
Hard Work 27
The Use and Misuse of Drawing 32
Early Pastels 34
Pastel Drawing 38
Snow 41
The C & O Canal 44
Reaching 47
The Color Purple 50
Position 53
"Composition" 58
Spring 64
Openness, Density, Transparency 66
Simplicity 70
Dry 74
Wet 76
Drastic Changes 78
Confrontation 81
"Light Sponges" 82
Using Photographs 85
The Weight of the Sky 86
Working from Nature 90
Color 94
Celebrating a Single Color 98
Bright Orange 103
Zagreb 109
Italy 110
Venice 113
Riversides 116
Scale 120
Barns 122
Glow 127
Trying to be Nature 130
Wilful Ambiguity or the Excluded Middle 132
Fall 135
Concave and Convex 140
Strategies and Meanings 142
Tangles 146
When is it Finished? 148
Wolf Kahn: Chronology 152
Index 155
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