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The Art of Thomas Gainsborough - "A Little Business for the Eye" (Hardcover): Michael Rosenthal
The Art of Thomas Gainsborough - "A Little Business for the Eye" (Hardcover): Michael Rosenthal

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The Art of Thomas Gainsborough - "A Little Business for the Eye" (Hardcover)

Michael Rosenthal

Series: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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The portraits, landscapes and fancy pictures of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) are works of beauty, complexity and subtlety. Rosenthal provides a lively account of Gainsborough's diverse works as well as examining the artist's oeuvre as a whole. The book sets Gainsborough's art within its social and cultural contexts, shedding new light on the art worlds of London and the English provinces in the 18th century and on the ways in which Gainsborough's painting would have been seen and understood by his contemporaries. (Kirkus UK)
The portraits, landscapes, and fancy pictures of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) are works of extraordinary beauty, complexity, and subtlety. In this sumptuously illustrated book, Michael Rosenthal provides a lively account of Gainsborough's varied life and diverse artworks. Rosenthal also examines for the first time the artist's oeuvre as a whole and how the trajectory of his career reflected the problems, dilemmas, and situations that were common to other painters of his time. This book sets Gainsborough's art within its social and cultural contexts, shedding new light on the art worlds of London and the English provinces and on the ways in which Gainsborough's painting would have been seen and understood by his contemporaries.

The book begins by charting the geography and professional tactics of a career that took Gainsborough from London to Suffolk, Bath, and eventually back to London. Rosenthal looks at such wide-ranging topics as how artists manipulated the press, the issue of likeness in portraiture, how rivalries between painters were handled in public and private, and the pressures of the public exhibition. The second part of the book explores the manifestations of Gainsborough's aesthetic in portraiture, landscape painting, and paintings of sensibility Rosenthal concludes with a discussion of the problem of defining a role and proper form for the fine arts at a time of rapid social change and innovation.

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Imprint: Yale University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Release date: November 1999
First published: February 2000
Authors: Michael Rosenthal
Dimensions: 285 x 245 x 29mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 978-0-300-08137-4
Barcode: 9780300081374
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > Art forms, treatments & subjects > Painting & paintings
Books > Arts & Architecture > Art forms, treatments & subjects > Painting & paintings > General
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Books > Arts & Architecture > History of art / art & design styles > 1600 to 1800
Books > Arts & Architecture > History of art / art & design styles > 1600 to 1800 > General
LSN: 0-300-08137-5

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