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Stubbs & the Horse Hardcover – October 11, 2004

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Some art history scholars regard George Stubbs as possibly the best painter of horses ever. The 200 images in this volume, the catalog to a current exhibition (now in Fort Worth; in Baltimore to mid-2005) of Stubbs' oeuvre, demonstrate the strength of the assertion. Stubbs flourished from the 1760s to the 1790s primarily on commissions from British landed aristocrats. As Warner and Blake note in their essays, Stubbs gained the nobility's attention with an extraordinary calling card: a set of anatomical drawings that Stubbs based on intense study of equine cadavers. Horses appear strikingly lifelike in his paintings, which, besides their representational quality, embody the beginning of a more humane attitude toward animals. The authors praise Stubbs' individuation of horses, which markedly distinguishes him from painters for whom horses functioned as background scenery or pedestals for generals, not worthwhile subjects in themselves. A worthy tribute to Stubbs' beautifully vibrant work. Gilbert Taylor
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This handsome book celebrates the central subject in the work of George Stubbs-- considered by many to be the greatest painter of horses in the history of art--and offers fresh interpretations of the wide range of equine imagery created by this versatile eighteenth-century artist.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Kimbell Art Museum (October 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300104723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300104721
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is outstanding. The plates are all in color and large enough to see easily. Stubbs anatomical drawings are very detailed. I had been having trouble understanding how horses moved before I saw those drawings. Seeing the skeleton and muscles helped considerably. When I took it to class and showed my professor, she got online and bought one for herself. She draws/paints horses beautifully and owns horses herself.

Reading the background information about George Stubbs and the symbolism used in his paintings was very interesting and educational.
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Excellent purchase. I saw this book in the National Gallery, London having just viewed Whistle Jacket. I wanted it because my own passion lies in painting Horses. The book is full of fascinating information on Stubbs himself, his love of horses and has his excellent illustrations / studies of equine anatomy. A useful and beautiful book filled with his striking paintings.
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A beautiful, fascinating book with the details of how Stubbs because the foremost painter of horses. I actually just purchased an extra copy after giving my original one to my plastic surgeon. Everyone is interested in how Stubbs learned anatomy to the point of becoming a master of skin, tissue and bone.
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