Title: The Discovery of the Netherlands: Four ...
Publisher: NAi Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
Oblong hardcover, issued without a dustjacket, this copy is signed on the title page and has an "Autographed Copy - Peabody Essex Museum" label at the bottom of the front cover but we cannot ascertain who the signee is, our guess would be Henk Van Os but it is just a guess (check out the photo of the signature). Book has two insignificant flaws: mild rubbing to the cover and a very slight bow to the cover, it's a clean and very presentable copy, the binding is tight and the contents are fine, published to accompany an exhibition, "presents the finest examples culled from four centuries of Netherlandish landscape art," includes a map ; 127 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 041630
Synopsis: Published concurrently with Holland's inaugural Apeldoorn Garden and Landscape Architecture Triennial, The Discovery of the Netherlands explores how the genre of Dutch landscape painting has played a role in the viewer's appreciation of the landscape. Editor Henk van Os, Department Chair of Art and Society at the University of Amsterdam, contends that the function of landscape painting is to educate the viewer to appreciate, through the artists' skill, the view that the artist has chosen to portray. Van Os echoes a key tenet of nineteenth century landscape painting--that framing nature frees it for aesthetic appreciation. This volume explores how the diverse Dutch landscape has been fervently idealized by generations of Dutch artists, literally leading to the discovery of its aesthetic virtue. The publication features works by Hendrik Chabot, Jacob Maris, Anton Mauve and Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch, among others. Also included is an essay on the subject of contemporary conservation by Louise Fresco.
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