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Gainsborough William Vaughan

Gainsborough By William Vaughan

Gainsborough by William Vaughan


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Gainsborough is one of the most appealing artists of the 18th century. The author draws on recently discovered material to provide a fresh perspective on both the life and art of this master.

Gainsborough Summary

Gainsborough by William Vaughan

Gainsborough is one of the most appealing artists of the eighteenth century. Renowned for such elegant portraits as The Blue Boy and Countess Howe, he also pioneered a new form of landscape with a moody sensibility that prefigured the Romantic movement. He was a brilliant draftsman, and his art is full of inventiveness and visual delight.

William Vaughan draws on recently discovered material to provide a fresh perspective on both the life and art of this master. He shows how closely Gainsborough's innovative manner can be connected to social and political developments in Britain, in particular the celebration of original genius in a time of burgeoning entrepreneurial commercialism. Above all, he demonstrates how, beneath the artist's charm, there lay a bedrock of shrewd observation and pictorial intelligence that gives his work a value for all time.

Gainsborough Reviews

'Gainsborough is placed in the premier division of British artists in this perceptive monograph' - The Independent
'A tremendous book, with a good flowing concise style...it will be useful for students following a syllabus as well as anyone who sees these delicious paintings and wants to know more' - The Lecturer

About William Vaughan

William Vaughan is a British Art Historian and has been Emeritus Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London since 2003.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Effect and Substance Part I: Suffolk - Origins - Learning the Business - The Suffolk Practice - Places and Pastorals - Conversations - Scaling Up Part II: Bath - The Bath Practice - The 'Magick' Studio - Music - The Old Masters - Grand Portraits - The English Arcadia Part III: London - The London Practice - Academy and Exhibition - Royal Patronage - Family Problems - Romantic Women and Painted Ladies - Nature and Fancy - Death and the Woodman Epilogue: The Name of Gainsborough

Additional information

NPB9780500203583
9780500203583
050020358X
Gainsborough by William Vaughan
New
Paperback
Thames & Hudson Ltd
2002-03-11
224
N/A
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