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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful images, disappointing presentation, February 7, 2007
This review is from: Samuel Palmer, 1805-1881: Vision And Landscape (Hardcover)
You will find no image within this book presented as enticingly as the front cover. There is way, way too much text, competing for space with the images.

I will never understand why publishers do this: choose a reasonably large format for a book because of the visual basis of the subject and then fill up most of the pages with text, so that the images are reduced and are crowded round with it: it shows a complete lack of understanding of how images work.

This is especially annoying as I'm sure most people who might buy this book would be interested primarily in the images of Samuel Palmer, not the thoughts of various art historians.

There are about a ten or so images which show how the book might have been presented, but only two details which use the full page (and even these are only used to divide the book into sections and so have 'Part One' and 'Part Two' spread across them).

I was hoping for a book which might replace my Raymond Lister book on Palmer, which is smaller but grants a full page to each image, and so allows it to breathe. But this new book has been a bit of a disappointment.

So, still worth getting, but sadly not as good as it might have been.
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Initial post: Mar 1, 2007 10:22:49 AM PST
Couldn't agree more with your comments about some of the publishers and authors of art books; it seems like perhaps their vanity gets in the way and they believe that their commentary is so much more important than the works themself. Quite shortsighted and frequently a source of frustration to me as well (not to mention that it probably makes a considerable dent in thier sales to all but the must devoted scholars.) Thanks for letting me know as I will likely buy the Lister book instead.
Perhaps a bit of a non-sequitor but on a somewhat similar note I've never understood why museum curators/directors think its ok to stick sculptures against walls or cover oil paintings with glass..safer perhaps, and more convienent for them..but great art is meant to be seen properly, and not be presented by nincompoops. Perhaps the artists work needs to be treated with more respect as something that should be seen as the artist would want it to be seen.
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