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Letters of the Great Artists

Early and High Renaissance: from Ghiberti to Durer; Late Rennaissance and Mannerism: from Michelangelo to Niclaus Manuel Deutsch; Seventeenth Century: from Lodovico Carracci to Sir John Vanbrugh; Eighteenth Century: from Giovanni Battista Tiepolo to Gainsborough; Early Nineteenth Century: from Blake to Constable; Mid-Nineteenth Century: from Ingres to Manet; Impressionism and After: from Monet to Derain; Twentieth Century: from Kandinsky to Pollock;

Thames & Hudson, London, 1963. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. First Edition. Good condition.

"A selection of letters, made both for its interest as a personal record of most of the greatest names in Wetern art and for the insight it gives into the mysterious process of creation itself."

287 pages, numerous 110 colour & 192 B/W reproductions of the works referred to in the letters, includes notes to the plates, sources and references and index.

"It is facinating and instructive to follow up, in the artists' own work, all the features which can only be briefly indicated here. The individual desting, the man behind the work, his attitude towards the public, even his connections and the restrictions set on his freedom, are no less important than the development of style, which has been increasingly discussed in histories of art. In the old days art historians would enumerate the main events in the lives of a number of painters and then perhaps go on to talk about 'schools'; but this method has gradually made way for the quet for styles and their transmutations, a straight- forward, impersonal 'history of perception'. Interest in the personality and fate of the individual artist is, however, too keen to be suppressed. Even in the most recent phase, for example, the letters of Van Gogh and Gaugain have played no small part in attracting the attention of the modern public to their writers."

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