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Walter Sickert: The Complete Writings on Art [Hardcover]

Walter Sickert , Anna Gruetzner Robins
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March 8, 2001 0198172257 978-0198172253
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942) was a major European artist and critic of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, whose statements on art from the 1880s to the 1930s have been used by artists and writers for more than half a century. Containing over 400 entries, this collection offers new insight into Sickert as an artist and provides valuable information about other British artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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`The collection is a most valuable reminder of Sickert's influence, elegance and originality.' Henry Hitchings, The Art Newspaper (Readers' Books of the Year)

`The Complete Writings on Art constitutes the most comprehensive selection of Sickert's criticism to date, including much previously unpublished material' Simon Grant, Times Literary Supplement

`Sickert's writings are immensely enjoyable. Reading them, one reflects on how little has changed in the art world' Simon Grant, Times Literary Supplement

`a real labour of love ... offering a great deal of new insight into Sickert as artist, polemicist and man-about-town. Brilliantly annotated, it's also great fun' Andy Barclay, Irish Times

`a tremendous achievement' James Beechey, The Charleston Magazine

`historians and general readers alike will be grateful for the wealth of fascinating information, not just on obscure nineteenth-century artists, but about music-hall characters, popular culture and contemporary slang too, buried in her footnotes' James Beechey, The Charleston Magazine

`With great diligence, she has retrieved a cache of early journalism mostly written between 1889 and 1897.' Richard Shone, Spectator

`One of the continuously engrossing themes of this book is ... long and painful emancipation from Whistler's excessive tastefulness as an artist and febrile egotism as a man.' Richard Shone, Spectator

`Robins's edition is of permanent value' Richard Shone, Spectator

About the Author

Anna Gruetzner Robins is a leading Sickert scholar, and contributed to the catalogue of the Royal Academy's Sickert exhibition held in 1992/3.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198172257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198172253
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,300,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars For the serious researcher March 13, 2013
By jojo
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Really, why would you want this book? Tedious discussions on art and artists for 688 pages. This is not a book of his own
That being said, If you are SERIOUSLY studying past artists, or Sickert- the- artist, this is definitely well-worth owning!! He comments on most of the artists, from his time and the masters, with great authority: Their use of line/color/shading etc. He gives non-stop information- Two pages can hold 50 names with references to their paintings that he refers to, and it's like that page to page with an index in the back. I enjoyed it because I took my time and took a year to read it-a little at a time. He does spend more time and pages on his favorites. If you are studying Sickert--This material comes straight from the man, himself and you gradually get a sense of who he was. The footnotes at the end of the chapters give dates, names, galleries and his studios all over London, and a wealth of general information. If you are studying the man, there is a 3 page chronology of his life. Material is from his own lectures and letters to the editors about art. (He doesn't delve on his personal life.)
This book is not meant to teach you how to hold a brush or paint but, If you are willing to search for art theory-I found 10 ABSOLUTELY GENIUS art tips--hidden like tiny gems in the small print. I have passed these on to my daughter-and in her using them, her art developed in leaps and bounds with sudden recognition and job offers. ("Paint the verb not the noun") is one of my favorites.
If you are not "hard core" you will be frustrated to try to find them and might do better with a straight-forward "art technique book".
I got this, to learn about the man and found an he is a true genius.
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