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Wolf Kahn: Pastels
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2000
Wolf Kahn's self-admitted charm glows in this book of his pastels. Wolf Kahn is a wonderful story teller, in his words and in his beautiful, simple, radiant paintings. He is a wonderful teacher who loves to share his experiences and his vision. I could re-read this book over and over, pondering and absorbing the beautifully reproduced pastels.
For those who love glorious color, peaceful abstract landscapes, especially artists and Wolf Kan 'groupies,' for anyone who can't get enough of Wolf Kahn, you need this book. A sparkling complement to Justin Spring's Wolf Kahn.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2008
This book is a visual delight with clear crisp images. As a teacher, it is a very user friendly book
with students able to see the intricate marks and the layering that Wolf Kahn has used in his work.
For anyone interested in pastel techniques this is a great book.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2003
Why does an artist do what (s)he does? Wolf Kahn gives insight into his thinking. He touches on composition, use of color, and elements of design. We know the colors, but we might not understand why they work. He helps us understand. Just out of curiosity I viewed the plates upsidedown, and they were very exciting viewed that way. Try it! The book has beautifully printed plates, but I found placement of some plates to the text somewhat inconvenient and perhaps a little confusing at times interrupting the continuity of reading and study. I would have wished for some of the smaller paintings to have been actual size. I would have learned and understood more. You may learn some new vocabulary and some words he has defined for his own usefulness. The cover and binding are confluent to the interior of the book. I consider this book to have worthwhile the purchase and the time spent reading it. What are my credentials you might ask? I am nearing graduation in master of arts in studio painting and have degrees in journalism and education.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2011
This is definitely one of the best art books I have read recently. Whether you do pastels or not does not really matter. The way Wolf describes his thought process and the way he expresses his conflict and struggle with his and medium's limitations at times to produce something which is beyond a cheap bag of tricks is awesome. Very inspiring and true. Here is an artist who can also write and express as beautifully as he can paint. It is a great gift to have discovered this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2008
The book itself is excellent. Wolf Kahn writes beautifully and I love to hear what he thinks about his art -- this is so helpful to me as an artist struggling with many of the same issues in my own work. However, this is the SECOND book I've purchased from Amazon recently that was clearly USED (pages bent, cover scuffed & torn)when I purchased what was supposed to be a NEW book. This is inexcusable. I don't have the time to repackage and return it, so I just accepted it, but I am so dissapointed in Amazon. Had I chosed to purchase a used book I would have saved a lot of money and it would have been in the same (or better) condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2011
Wolf Kahn glorifies the landscapes he paints by pushing color to the limit. In this book he writes about the background situations for several of his paintings. The color prints are beautiful. Whether it's a storm brewing over the yellow foliage by the Connecticut River or generic tree trunks modeled with orange, magenta and periwinkle blue, the collection of images is a feast for the eyes. The paintings may be nostalgic for New Englanders, but they capture a universal quality in their simple forms and daring color nuances.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2013
I am a pastel artist and read amazing reviews on this book while I was looking for a book to help me improve with my pastel work.
However, I was disappointed with this book when I received it. It was not what I was hoping it to be. Maybe I am not up to the level I should be able to appreciate his abstract or basic drawings or coloring. I found a few paintings of his in the book that I felt the colors were beautiful and inspiring but most paintings of this book were very disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2012
I just received the book and find it almost impossible to put down. The colors are gorgeous, a true feast for the eyes. Kahn's works have a deceptive simplicity of color and line; it's when the reader really studies each illustration that you see just how complex the compositions are. Lovely book, beautiful illustrations, wonderful artist.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2003
From the first time I saw Wolf Kahn's work, I knew I wanted this book. It is filled with his beautiful pastels and it is a very interesting read about how he came to create them.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2004
Very beautiful work. I love Kahn's minimalist approach, he is an exceptional colorist. I could look at this man's art all day long and not get bored.
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