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Important Information Inside: The Art of John F. Peto and the Idea of Still-Life Painting in Nineteenth-Century America Hardcover – April 1, 1983


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row; 1st edition (April 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064389413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064389419
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Schmalstig on July 20, 2012
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Still life painters are usually considered to be minor artists working in a limited, boring field. Wilmerding's book about the life and work of John F.Peto discusses the partially revealed messages hidden in his paintings of humble objects. Peto's rich handling of composition, color, paint texture and composition is discussed also, as well as the social and art historical context of his work. The author is very good at explaining the depth of Peto's work, and at analyzing the political, social and aesthetic concerns found in 19th century still life painting. The reproductions are very good for the most part, showing surface textures and details of brushwork. The color reproductions are fairly numerous. Every time I pick up this book I find new things to look at and think about.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2001
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This is the best discussion of still-life work. I use this book as tool for learning and execution of still life in traditional style. Great illustrations and intelligent discussion of the artwork depicted.
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0 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Adam Solomon on January 26, 2005
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Well, it didn't rock the hizzouse, that's for sure. The art sorta sucked and I'm not sure this guy has the very best handle of the English language...but he does deserve the pity star.
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