- Series: Konemann Classics
- Hardcover: 261 pages
- Publisher: Konemann (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3895086916
- ISBN-13: 978-3895086915
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,726,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eothen (Konemann Classics) Hardcover – June 1, 1997
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I bought the book not to read it, but only for the artwork by Sir Francis "Frank" Brangwyn one of the greatest painters of his era. I am an architect and painter and exhibit my work worldwide and Brangwyn's work inspired me since boyhood. He is what artist's call, "a painters painter." His art is colorful, rapidly painted and with a style that bridged Impressionism and realism and created a style of his own which inspired many painters and illustrators here and abroad. In fact, after many years of being one of America's greatest illustrators, the great Dean Cornwell, "Dean of Illustrators" put aside his multi-million dollar career as illustrator to move overseas to study with Brangwyn and dedicate himself to Mural painting. He only then illustrated when he needed cash, as mural painting did not pay well.
In Eothen, there are twelve full color illustrations. My only regret is that they are reproduced at a very small scale and the reproductions are thus not as clear as I would prefer. Never the less, they are Brangwyn's and any bit of Brangwyn art is a sacred thing for painters/illustrators who specialize in figure painting. I have a large collection of larger, brilliantly colored reproductions of the art of Frank Brangwyn and often have one or more propped up on my easel for inspiration. I rated it only four stars because of the small size and less clear reproductions of the masters work. Brangwyn was the inspiration for several decades of painters and illustrators including Dean Cornwell and at the American Academy of Art the most prized books were anything with prints of Brangwyn in them, especially full color prints. His paintings were recognizable to many students and lovers of art. The brush strokes are lush like smooth splashes of colored butter. He was a wizard at handing the brush, where he appeared to splash the paint on rapidly and yet accurately. The brilliance of color, technique and lavish brush work is a feast for the eyes. Some of the greatly influenced by Brangwyn and therefore away from dry academic photo realism.
Most copies of the works of Frank Brangwyn are out of print, as are many of the books he illustrated, as is this version of Eothen. However, even now 50 years after his death at a ripe old age, artists who specialize in figure painting still seek out his work and every now and then a new publication comes forth with excellent reproductions. If you like Brangwyn's brand of Impressionism, which is closer to Italian, Spanish and Russian Impressionism you can search the net for reproductions of his works.
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