Wooden Ships and Iron Men: The Maritime Art of Thomas Hoyne

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100 beautiful nautical paintings, the first full presentation of Thomas Hoyne's work.
Tom Hoyne was a successful artist in advertising when, in mid-life, he was diagnosed with cancer and given two years to live. Confounding his physicians, Hoyne lived for seventeen years, during which he produced some of the most dramatic paintings of America's maritime past. This beautiful volume is the first full presentation of Hoyne's work. More than 100 paintings are reproduced here, almost...

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Overview

100 beautiful nautical paintings, the first full presentation of Thomas Hoyne's work.
Tom Hoyne was a successful artist in advertising when, in mid-life, he was diagnosed with cancer and given two years to live. Confounding his physicians, Hoyne lived for seventeen years, during which he produced some of the most dramatic paintings of America's maritime past. This beautiful volume is the first full presentation of Hoyne's work. More than 100 paintings are reproduced here, almost all of which portray the beauty of the fishing schooners and the terrors and hardships on the waters of the notoriously inhospitable Grand Banks.
In addition to reproductions of his paintings, this book deals with the artist's life and techniques. It discusses the fishing schooners and their legendary designers. It also describes life and work on the most dangerous fishing grounds in the world with fascinating recollections of the great skippers of the fishing communities around Gloucester, Massachusetts, and the small villages that lined the East Coast. This book will confirm the artist's place as a master of marine realism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593720131
  • Publisher: Quantuck Lane Press
  • Publication date: 9/5/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 12.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Historian Reese Palley is the author of many books and articles, including Wooden Ships& Iron Men: The Maritime Art of Thomas Hoyne, Concrete: A Seven-Thousand Year History, and The Answer: Why Only Mini Nuclear Power Plants Can Save the World. He lives in Philadelphia.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    art commemorating and celebrating wooden fishing ships and their crews

    American artist Hoyne does not romanticize the sea and men in interaction with it - he simply paints it. Yet his maritime paintings are more than plain realism, though they arise out of it. By angles of wave-tossed ships, contrasts of white splashes of spray and darker sea depths, near and distant objects, sails caught by wind to make different shapes, the casually strewn, but ready gear, and the rugged garments and practiced movements of the seamen and their calm, but focused expressions, Hoyne conveys the different facets of the natural element of the sea and the labors of sailors and fishermen who have grown so accustomed to these that they seem natural parts of the sea. The introductory text includes the bases of the authors' appreciation of Hoyne (basically because they saw in his paintings a realism with soul) and also the better part of a talk the artist gave at the Mystic Seaport Museum in 1983. Hoyne died in 1989, having devoted the last years of his life after being diagnosed with cancer in 1972 and given only two years to live to capturing the time--now mostly gone--when men in wooden sailing ships made their livings fishing in the Grand Banks of the North Atlantic. Full-page pictures of paintings take up most of the pages. But with these, as well as a number of smaller ones with the introductory text, are annotations or essay-like commentaries on the particular painting which often include references to aspects of this passing traditional work. Though not yet widely known, Hoyne is recognized immediately as in the top tier of modern-time maritime painters. This art book is proof of this, and will stir others to be keeping their eye out for paintings of his.

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