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LeConte Stewart Masterworks 1st Edition
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LeConte Stewart (1891–1990) spent much of his early life in the shadows of the iconic natural splendors of southern Utah. But it was small-town life, notably in Kaysville, Utah, and the surrounding farms and urban landscapes of Davis County, that captured his imagination. Stewart created images of Utah and the West, at once epic and intimate. Though he studied with a number of important American artists, he internalized the technique and philosophy of John Carlson. He later passed this on to his students while he was chair of the Art Department at the University of Utah. Stewart was highly regarded by the art community and cultivated enduring friendships with some of the greats of the time, including Maynard Dixon. Wallace Stegner likened Stewart’s Depression-era work to that of Edward Hopper, whom LeConte acknowledged as an important influence.
This volume includes essays on LeConte Stewart’s life and work by Mary Muir, Donna Poulton, Robert Davis, James Poulton, and Vern Swanson. It also features an introduction by noted American art scholar, curator, and collector William Gerdts.
Mary Muir is one of the foremost authorities on LeConte Stewart and his work, and the author of LeConte Stewart: The Education of the Artist and the Artist-Educator.
Donna Poulton, Ph.D., is a curator of the art of Utah and the West at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
Robert Davis is curator of art for the LDS Church History Museum in Salt Lake City.
James Poulton, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Salt Lake City and a faculty member of the International Psychotherapy Institute.
Vern Swanson, Ph.D., is director of the Springfield Museum of Art in Utah.
William Gerdts, Ph.D., is the author of more than twenty-five books on American art and an expert on American Impressionism.
From the Back Cover
LeConte Stewart Masterworks is a comprehensive monograph highlighting the artist’s eighty-year career. This long-awaited volume includes more than 300 paintings, many never before seen or brought together in one work, and will introduce Stewart’s work into the national conversation on both Regionalist and American Scene art.
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There are a few minor drawbacks to the book. I wish there were a few extreme close ups of textural passages since Stewart had several phases where the thickness of his paint application shifted from thick to thin, embracing even a pointillistic phase. Some paintings took on a thin, calligraphic aspect. It would have been informative to see close up examples of his stylistic evolution.
The reproductions are usually excellent but in a few cases some looked like they could have used a bit of sharpening. But I'm familiar with many of the originals and unfortunately it is impossible to get a reproduction that looks exactly like the original. The better the painting the harder it is to photograph it seems. I doubt most readers will be bothered by this slight imperfection.
This book will take a place with my books on William Wendt and Edgar Payne. If you love landscape, especially when informed by plein air painting, this book has plenty of examples by a master of the art.
Love the book with so much history to read and beautiful paintings and drawings to look at!