A compact edition of a major monograph that offers insights into the life and work of the seventeenth-century master Georges de La Tour. Georges de La Tour ranks with Vermeer and the Le Nain brothers among those seventeenth-century painters whose unmistakable talent is matched only by their aura of mystery. This groundbreaking monograph uses original correspondence and archival documents to reconstruct the master’s life and practices. Influenced by Caravaggio, La Tour created a form of realism that displays rare poetic beauty. The attention to detail, from the dirt under a saint’s fingernails to the wavering flame of a girl’s candle, is highlighted in full-page close-ups, while the paintings are contextualized by color reproductions of works that influenced, and were influenced by, La Tour. Available for the first time in a compact edition, complete with an illustrated catalogue, bibliography, and key documentary sources, this remains the essential reference work on a fascinating artist.
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Jacques Thuillier (1928–2011) was a world renowned specialist on seventeenth-century art and professor at the College de France.From Library Journal:
Now recognized as one of the preeminent figures of French art, the great 17th-century Lorrainese painter was almost completely unknown to historians until early in this century. Even today, La Tour remains an enigmatic figure, making this, the first noteworthy monograph on him in English, an extremely welcome and important book. Thuillier (College de France) contributes a very interesting essay surveying the man and his work, but he also wisely allows La Tour's art to speak for itself. This it most definitely does in the volume's 330 illustrations, many of them full-page enlargements from La Tour's most famous canvases. The paintings reveal a wonderful blend of Italian and Northern influences, resulting in an orderly, calm style distinguished by its muted but luminous palette. An excellent book on the maker of truly unforgettable paintings, this is highly recommended for both general and scholarly collections.
- Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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