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The Fauve Landscape Paperback – September 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; First Edition edition (September 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875871518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875871516
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 10.5 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This extraordinary book was prepared as a companion to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's exhibit The Fauve Landscape: Matisse, Derain, Braque, and Their Circle, 1904-1908. It is, however, much more than an exhibit catalog. Extensive endnotes following each contributed chapter are as fascinating as the over 400 illustrations (210 in full color) that illuminate the work. Freeman's documentary chronology from 1904 through 1908 draws heavily upon notes and personal correspondence of the Fauve artists and thus provides interesting personal insights. Also notable are reproductions of photographic postcards from the period that document views as the artists would actually have seen them. A selected bibliography and thorough index complete the volume. This will appeal to general readers as well as scholars. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.
- P. Steven Thomas, Washburn Univ., Topeka, Kan.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bragan Thomas on July 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book documents what was quite possibly the largest and finest exhibition ever devoted solely to fauve painting. This brief movement, sandwiched between the towering achievements of impressionism, post-impressionism, and cubism, is a relatively overlooked one in the history of 20th century art. Concentrating on landscape painting as the heart of the fauvist view of reality, the essays are some very fine scholarly re-appraisals of the social and economic history of fauvism. The book itself is beautiful, with a superior design and extremely high standards of photographic reproduction. My only quibble is the near-total exclusion of figure-painting from the discussion (even as a point of comparison), and the authors' focus on social history leaves little space for aesthetic issues to be discussed. The essays treat these fantastically beautiful paintings as mere documents of economic relationships, a common art-historical focus nowadays, but one which does little to educate the reader in the marvelous way of seeing represented by these images.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By frances on September 15, 2010
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This large and expensive 350 page book provides an in-depth look at Fauvism, however I would expect a book of this size and calibre to be complemented by equally impressive reproductions. Many of the reproductions are too small for my liking, some pages with 2 or even 3 smallish reproductions, and far too many in black and white. This book is more geared towards the art history lover as opposed to painters and those of us who take great delight in simply looking at art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By firefly52 on November 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Once you get used to the vivid primary colours, this is like cream for the kitty. I had a book by Derain, Vlaminck and Matisse but never realized there were so many in the "wild beast" (fauve) movement. Seeing so many other artists fauve work was like a dream come true. Virtually several hundred examples of the group's landscape painting, hundreds of which are in truly amazing blends of colour. Out of my 400+ art books, only one compares. Dali's works collected by the Park West gallery. If this book doesn't have you searching for the other members of the movement, I miss my bet. Although the actual movement only lasted a few years, many of the members toned down the colours a bit (Vlaminck for decades) and still used many of the light, perspective, and blending they learned from this movement. Several of the members of the Canadian Group of Seven (actually 9 or 10 and a couple coexhibitors like Emily Carr) brought back many of the characteristics in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. I realize the wild colours are not for everyone. But just remembering Derain's use of blues brings joy to MY face. Just bring up artist images for the 3 I listed above or "fauve image" on Google. A couple minutes each should be enough to see if you like the style. If you do then this book has a smorgasbord of fauvist styles from the 3 above, plus Valtat, Friesz, Braque, Van Dongen, Gauguin, Manguin, Marquet, Camoin, Dufy, Puy. Some of the artists have no comprehensive books under. $100-200. Try to find a great book on Kees van Dongen and you are talking $300-1000. I could not find a single good book on Puy on Amazon. These are hard to find examples of a half dozen of these artists indeed ...shu
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan Dippery on May 10, 2011
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Early in this wonderful book a writer credits the Fauves with birthing modern art. I think that's true. And this extensive text--rich with color samples--bears that out. It was the book sold at the Los Angeles MOMA for a 1990 show of the same name.
I'm going through it slowly, like a very fine meal. And so far, I have particularly enjoyed an almost month-by-month chronology of this tight little group--with each other and with the critical public--in the years 1904 through 1908.
I'm a painter. And I have been very influenced by the French artists at the end of the 19th Century. This book is helping me get rid of the small brushstrokes and timid colors. Enjoy.
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