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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8415113110
  • ISBN-13: 978-8415113119
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Antonio López García is in the upper echelon of realist painters of his century. Born in 1936 in Spain he has studied and continued to paint in the same vein all his life and his paintings and drawings are cherished by art lovers and art historians alike. His technique is one of direct observation: he can paint a simple object like a vase, a quince, a branch, a building or a cityscape and spend hours of contemplation, negotiating exactly how the subject is influence and molded by light and buy the atmosphere around it. His works would never be considered controversial, a trait that perhaps keeps him from becoming a household word in the art world. That is except for artists: no matter the individual style of his admiring painter colleagues, his attention to subtle detail making the most ordinary object a moment of beauty is a source of inspiration for all.

This rather small booklet shares many of his works in every form that he creates. The reproductions are of excellent quality and the essay by Jose M. Faerna adds to the appreciation of the painter's artistry. While this is by no means the definitive volume on this great man of the arts, it is an affordable introduction to the mysteries Antonio López García creates. Grady Harp, December 10
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Artbook Collector on March 27, 2012
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The last couple of years have seen resurgence in publishing on the great Spanish artist Antonio Lopez Garcia. For those who care about his work, it has been something of revelation and also seen as righting a publishing wrong. To those in the know, Lopez is rightly seen as among the greatest of realist artists, and although perhaps lesser known, an equal to the other titan of 20th century realism, Lucian Freud.

That said, Lopez's bio has been covered in extensive detail in other places, so I'll focus here on how this important exhibition catalogue from the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is different from other recent books like Paintings & Sculpture, Drawings, and the MFA Boston's 2008 survey catalogue Antonio Lopez Garcia.

1. The Place to Start: The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza's recent exhibition and catalogue brought together 100 of the artist's important works made throughout his career in all media, and this fact combined with the overall quality and price pint, makes this book a fantastic starting point for learning about the artist. The book is organized thematically--Memory, Madrid, Gran Vía, Trees, Nudes, Characters and Interiors, which is a really useful way to contemplate Lopez's accomplishments. Important works like The Table, Gran Via, and View of Madrid from Torres Blancas are all included, as are less known works like his enormous 2010 sculpture Woman of Coslada

2. The Exhibition Itself: This 2011 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza exhibition was the largest museum exhibition on the artist since the Reina Sofia's show back, which was mounted in 1993. As an aside, the catalogue for that exhibition has been long out of print (barely available in the US at all) and highly sought after by fans of the artist ($200-$400 on the secondary market).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 10, 2012
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Antonio López is profoundly respected in Spain and occupies rooms in the museums in Madrid. Known primarily to artists and art historians in this country, Antonio López is a painter who deserves world acclaim. His style is representational with patience of observation of an object over long periods of time that imbues his work with an honesty that places him among the masters. So true is his perception that a fine film - 'The Quince Tree of the Sun' - has been made of his prolonged painting of a Quince, propping up the branch of the selected fruit as its weight increases with maturity solely for the purpose of completing his thoughts and painting without resorting to in-studio alterations.

Any book obtainable about this artist would be a must for every sensitive artist and collector. The finest collection of his work is found in the catalogue of his exhibition in Madrid in 1993 at the Reina Sofia and the elements of writing and reproduction are well introduced by this volume by Guillermo Solana and Aurelio Martínez Estévez. Antonio López paints cityscapes, landscapes, protraits, still lifes, and large canvases that include some surreal elements. His palette is subtle, and his degree of observation is uncanny. Gather a group of artists who create in any category of the visual arts, pose the question 'Who is an icon among you' and likely the answer would be 'Antonio López García'. This elaborately created new volume contains some of his most recent and significant work and allows us to appreciate an aspect of his work that is not as well known as his inimitable paintings and drawings - his sculpture. But that is not the primary reason for investing n this book. Quite simply, this volume of the artist's works honors the artist on every page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bradley on January 15, 2013
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Once in a while I come across books that I think are the perfect representation of an artist's work. With two thoughtful and informative essays and very high quality printing standards, this one is a beauty. It certainly makes a prime example of the idea that information about visual artists-painters and graphic artists in particular are still most effectively carried through printed text and images. the internet and tablets are great but until any of them match the feel and connection to work of this sort, a book like this remains the best medium.
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