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Myth and Romance (Phaidon Miniature Editions) Paperback – December 30, 2001
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If you are truly interested in the work of Waternouse get Hobson's book. There is very little price difference and it has normal pages sizes which beautifully reproduced photographs of the paintings.
The accompanying text is far more illuminating than the drivel printed in this book.
The most brilliant part of the book is the way that it was made with several close up pictures of small areas of a certain painting, followed by a one or two page reproduction of the painting as a whole. This is a wonderful way for the admirer of Waterhouse's art to notice intricacies of the masterpieces that are not clear to see in Hobson's book. Also, I believe the reproductions in this book are superior to Hobson's. The lines appear crisper and more defined in this version, and the faces seem more expressive because of it.
A definite find, and a grand addition to anyone's collection!! I was not dissapointed in the least by this little book.
paintings. Most of the paintings revolve around mythical
or poetic references which are explained in the appendix.
I am ordering my second copy so I can tear one apart and
use the pictures in crafts (like refrigerator magnets).
This pocket-sized collection of his work showcases Waterhouse's paintings of some of the most famous scenes in mythology and classical literature. The full-color artwork is accompanied by quotations from Shakespeare, Tennyson, and many others.
Waterhouse painted in a vibrant style, giving special attention to the female figures on the classic stories that he was illustrating. While best known for the innocent, waif-like looks of his models, Waterhouse could make a character like Circe or Medea downright scary.
His vivid backgrounds evok Maxfield Parish, but the figures in his paintings are full of the tension of the moment, often a climactic event in the story.
Among the tales illustrated in this volume, you'll find Sakesspeare's Hamlet and The Tempest, scenes from the Odyssey and from the voyage of the Argonauts, The myths of Pyramus and Thisbe and Cupid and Psyche, and the legends of Fair Rosamund and The Lady of Shalott.
A section of notes at the end of the book includes a convenient synopsis of each of the stories depicted in the book.
The illustrations themselves are limited by the size of the book, but several of them also include details plates to give a closer look at an important portion of the full painting. This was an excellent introduction to the work of an extraordinary illustrator, although the artwork would be better appreciated in a larger-sized edition.