In Search of Rex Whistler: His Life and His Work

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9780711232303: In Search of Rex Whistler: His Life and His Work

Rex Whistler was one of the most intriguing artists of the interwar years. His career lasted only from 1925 until his tragically early death in the Second World War, when he was thirty-nine. But in those two decades he established himself as an artist in many different fields, and especially as the outstanding mural painter of the period. His first big mural, painted while he was still a student at the Slade School of Art, was for the Tate Gallery restaurant. He went on to paint many others, including those at Port Lympne in Kent, Dorneywood in Buckinghamshire and - his masterpiece - Plas Newydd on the Isle of Anglesey.

He was also an acclaimed portrait painter, of people and of their houses. He designed sets for opera, the theatre and ballet (most famously Fidelio at Covent Garden, Victoria Regina on Broadway and the Royal Ballet's Rake's Progress), illustrations and book jackets for over a hundred books, numerous advertisements, greetings telegrams for the Post Office and even a toile de jouy that is still in production to this day. Among his most memorable portraits are those of the beautiful Lady Caroline Paget, the love of his life.

Amidst all this, he found time to sparkle as one of the wittiest and most elegant of the 'bright young things'; until, at the outbreak of war, he joined the Welsh Guards and was transformed into a dedicated and outstandingly courageous tank troop commander in the Guards Armoured Division. He was killed by a mortar bomb blast in Normandy on 18 July 1944.

Although Rex Whistler's reputation stand high today and his work is avidly collected, much of it is in private hands and so comparatively little known. The authors, Hugh and Mirabel Cecil, have tracked down all of his murals, in private collections and on public display. They have traced his later dramatic portraits and war art painted while he was in the army and have been given access to many unpublished sources, both letters and the memories of his many devoted friends.

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About the Author:

Mirabel Cecil has written for The Times, started a design page for Country Life and was one of the first contributors to The World of Interiors, for which she has written continuously since. She is also the author of a several biographies.

Review:

'Not merely a delight to read, well researched and carefully organised, but also lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed'



'Sharp-nosed and perceptive'

'Not merely a delight to read, well researched and carefully organised, but also lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed'

'A considerable work of art in itself. The Cecils' text is very well organised, exhaustive in research and information, and enjoyable and lively. There is not a single flat sentence.'

'A superb new biography . which throws new light on to the artist's complex world, marks the resounding reclamation of his reputation.'

'A beautifully illustrated biography of the multi-talented artist'

'An intensely romantic window on a lost world is opened by [this book]'

'a worthy and long-overdue appraisal'

'a fine tribute to a major artist. ÿThe text is informative and sensitive, the illustrations are truly magnificent, and the attention to detail throughout is exemplary.'

'Probably the most tenderly beautiful book of the year, filled with Whistler's superb fantasies'

'covers the spectrum of his work, including the astonishingly numberous items he managed to paint after enlisting in 1940. ÿThe book is a pleasure to read and the visual joys are innumerable.'

'A highly readable journey through the life of Britain's most notable 20th-century mural painter.'

'sympathetically and clearly written, highly detailed with a nice mix of art and life.'

'a very beautiful book that will help to re-establish a lost reputation'

'a rich and satisfying record of the artist's achievement, as well as a vivid sense of the man'

ÿ"a visual feast ... [as well as] a concise biography of the artist and his times that is elegantly readable ... So rich is Whistler's art as portrayed in this book that it is tempting to go on and on writing about it.ÿ I can only urge anyone who cares about art or has an interest in the first half of the last century to get this book."



 "a visual feast ... [as well as] a concise biography of the artist and his times that is elegantly readable ... So rich is Whistler's art as portrayed in this book that it is tempting to go on and on writing about it.  I can only urge anyone who cares about art or has an interest in the first half of the last century to get this book."



'a rich and satisfying record of the artist's achievement, as well as a vivid sense of the man'

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