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  • Series: Yale Center for British Art S
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (February 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300117450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300117455
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,976,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth E. Barker is Director of the Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, New York. Alex Kidson is Curator of British paintings at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Professor Emeritus P. Bagnolo VINE VOICE on June 29, 2012
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Joseph Wright of Derby in Liverpool (Yale Center for British Art)

Joseph Wright of Derby In Liverpool, (1734-1797), like many of the Russian, Spanish and Italian Impressionists, among many casual art lovers, is an almost unknown painter in the USA.

Wright, followed the stream of British painters, studying under The portraist Thomas Hudson. A bit later, in trying to break free to find his own way, he picked up the threads of Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Diego Velazquez, Guercino, Strozzi, Van Dyck, Jordaens, Rubens, Georges de La Tour, Le Nain, Perhaps even Liss, but also nearer contemporaries, Gainsborough, and of course, as earlier the he was attracted Dutch Cararavagists from Van Hornthrost to Terbrugghen and then on to Italy. There he began experimenting with technology, using candles, then back to England to study in foundries, factories where he captured the birth and growth of the Industrial Revolution. He did this perfecting his artificial light sources, using said candles, fireplaces, and metal furnace fires. Following that he picked up upon Shakespearian subjects, "and also some seascapes of Liverpool, and some landscapes there and near London and also Derby, Italy and elsewhere in his travels, in which, he filled notebooks with pen and ink sketches, etchings and watercolors."

But most of all, when ones views his work, it immediately brings to mind a modern (then) Caravaggio. The book itself is filled with the Chiaroscuro images of large paintings, where powerfully built figures emerge from the darkness that surrounds them like Michelangelo's sculptures arise from the marble prison from which he freed them (Michelangelo's words).
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