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Frederic, Lord Leighton: Eminent Victorian Artist Hardcover – March 30, 1996

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An eclectic, cosmopolitan classicist, English Victorian painter Frederic Leighton (1830-1896) continues to delight and surprise with his seductively poetic visions. His carefully composed pictures of elegant women fuse implicit sensuality, gorgeous color and fantastic juxtapositions. Leighton, elected president of London's Royal Academy in 1878, trained in Florence, Berlin, Rome, Frankfurt and Paris, and by synthesizing diverse influences?Pre-Raphaelites, Venetian masters, the German Nazarene school, French classicism, etc.?he reimagined Greek mythology and the ancient world in boldly dramatic works suffused with mystery. His output includes pencil and silverpoint studies of flowers and plants, seascapes awash in elemental power, strikingly evocative portraits and naturalistic travel paintings full of exotic charm. The catalogue of an exhibition at the Royal Academy, this beautifully illustrated, full-scale reassessment, featuring essays by British art historians, should help dispel the facile stereotype of Leighton as the archetypal academic artist.
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Lush, sensual figures clothed in draperies, mythical tales, exotic locales, narrative paintings, and more are part of this catalog, published for the centenary exhibition held at the Royal Academy in London earlier this year. Much more than a catalog of works, however, this volume is also a scholarly exposition of the role played in the Victorian art world by this most intriguing and accomplished man. Skillful prose explores the mind and the methods behind the works. The individual entries are splendid examples of their kind, and the illustrations superbly capture the depth of color and shadow. The subject matter and style of this fascinating study may not fit current taste, but the sensibility and depth, the color and form never fail to capture the imagination of the viewer. Highly recommended.?Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1st Ed. edition (March 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810935783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810935785
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A well-presented book; and most interesting details of the artist's life an times. Slight disappointment in the plates - not all in colour and not full-page size. It is however, an extensive look at the artist and his work, I believe worth owning if you are interested in the genre. Not so interested myself in the sculpture side of his work and the small black and white photos of same do not show from all angles, but in general a good purchase.
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It's more or a word book with pictures than a picture book with words.
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A beautiful book, in excellent condition. I presented it as a gift and the recipient could not have been happier.
All of the artist's best work was included in gorgeous detail.
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Lovely "coffee-table" book. The artist puts life on canvas, you expect them to speak. His representation of human form is astonishing.
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