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Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes


Edouard Kopp


Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes


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J. Paul Getty Museum; 1 edition (August 31, 2009)




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Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes by Edouard Kopp

This lovely book highlights key moments of the French landscape tradition from its emergence in the 1600s to its preeminence in the 1800s. The selection of drawings from the Getty’s collection shows a variety of techniques, functions, and styles, and includes examples by François Boucher, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Lorrain, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Camille Pissarro, Théodore Rousseau, and Georges Seurat. Together these images reveal a fascinating tension between a passion for the real and the quest for an ideal. The author provides a general introduction to landscape drawings and brief explanations of each of the works. Along with drawings, pages from artists’ sketchbooks are also included. 

This is a small exhibition catalogue from the Getty Museum
It looks at Three Centuries of French Landscape Drawing. The Amazon description covers the books size (small rectangle) and some of the prominent artists
The book starts with a brief introductory essay on"A Passion for the Real and the Quest for the Ideal-a brief introduction to Three Centuries of French Landscape Drawing" The drawings come from various collections at the Getty
42 drawings are examined , each is well reproduced in full colour (about 29 artists are represented
There are 4 Claude Lorrain, 2 Poussin drawings. Van Gogh is represented by an early and a late drawing
You get to see various drawing styles, pen and ink, red chalk,use of tinted paper etc
There is brief comment on each drawing
All in all this is a well produced book .It major asset are its beautiful illustrations.If your like landscape Drawings you may well wish to consider buying this book
This is a nice little coffee table book, but for the serious artist it's a waste of money.

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