This work is made up of 80 essays on a widely diverse range of subjects - English and French painting of all periods, Grand Masters, Modernists and post-moderns. To all of them, Graham Dixon brings insight unmatched by any other British commentator on pictures or sculpture, inprose which is not only oftern very moving in itself, but can actually convey and enhance the experience of looking at the works of art themselves.
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Graham-Dixon, the art critic for the British newspaper the Independent, notes in the introduction to this collection of his terse critiques of museum exhibits and gallery shows that they were written not ``for posterity but for tomorrow's newspaper.'' That makes them more, rather than less, impressive: Whether discussing Egon Schiele's disturbing nudes, C‚zanne's turbulent apprenticeship, Claude Lorrain's ``radiant, melancholy'' landscapes, the ``graceless, scurrilous, irreverent'' late art of Picasso, or the ideology of nationalism and hygiene shaping Vermeer's paintings, Graham-Dixon is exact and persuasive. He renders the specifics of a work of art with great precision (and, often, sympathy), and matches the specifics with short, deft passages on each artist's background, tastes, intentions, and career. He doesn't mind sharing his enthusiasms, is witty without ever seeming jaded, and can usually find a metaphor or image to nicely sum up the particular impact of a work of art. The hasty origins of the pieces sometimes intrudes; there's little room for documenting assertions. Nonetheless, this is a stimulating, often surprising debut collection. (83 photos, 4 pages color illustrations, not seen) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
Graham-Dixon is touted by the voluble Robert Hughes as the "most gifted English art critic of his generation." Although the contents of this superb compilation of (mostly) exhibition reviews have previously appeared in the British daily Independent, where the author has a regular column, they are far better than most art journalism. Like Hughes, Graham-Dixon writes in an impressively learned and opinionated fashion, but he has less of a predilection for the rhetorical cri de coeur. Still, he's unafraid of expressing an unpopular view, as in daring to begin an essay on Rembrandt by calmly asserting that he was "a thoroughly inconsistent and frequently inept artist." But he fleshes out this last statement by gracefully articulating how its evident truthfulness undermines recent controversial attempts to deattribute many works previously thought to be Rembrandt's own. He's gently convincing in coming down on the side of old-style connoisseurship vs. X-ray science in evaluating creative authorship. These 53 essays are wonderful reading for any art lover and should attract a deservedly wide audience. Highly recommended.?Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, London, 1996. Hardcover. Black boards; gilt lettering. Black/color-illus. dj. xii, 384 pp. occasional bw plates. This work is made up of 80 essays on a widely diverse range of subjects - English and French painting of all periods, Grand Masters, Modernists and post-moderns. To all of them, Graham Dixon brings insight unmatched by any other British commentator on pictures or sculpture, inprose which is not only oftern very moving in itself, but can actually convey and enhance the experience of looking at the works of art themselves. VG-/VG- clean and tight but with general shelf wear; some age toning to page margins. Bookseller Inventory # 161160
Book Description Harper Collins, London, 1996. Hard Cover in Dust Jacket. Book Condition: Near Fine Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition, First Printing. Writings by art critic Graham-Dixon on a great many artists. 384 pages with index. Bookseller Inventory # 16798
Book Description Harper Collins 1996, 1996. 22cm x 17.5cm. 384pp. B&W illustrations. Hardcover in dustjacket. Very good. Colllection of 62 essays by broadcaster and author Graham-Dixon ranging in subject matter from the Wilton Dyptich and Velazquez to Picabia and Lucien Freud. Bookseller Inventory # 137843