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by Sabine REWALD

During the first half of the 19th century, the open window emerged as a consistent motif in German, Danish, French, and Russian painting and drawing. Rooms with a View is the first book to explore this intriguing theme in European art, with its Romantic intimations of unfulfilled longing and its associated qualities of poetry, luminosity, and interiority. Artists depicted this intangible mood with images of contemplative figures in hushed, sparsely furnished rooms; painters diligently at work in their studios; simple, serene displays of light entering a chamber; and windows as the focal point of views in their own right. Rooms with a View features forty oils and thirty works on paper by both well-known and largely undiscovered artists, including Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Gustav Carus, Georg Friedrich Kersting, Adolph Menzel, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Martinus Rørbye, Jean Alaux, Léon Cogniet, and Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy.
Download Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century epub
ISBN: 1588394131
ISBN13: 978-1588394132
Category: Photography
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Sabine REWALD
Language: English
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art; First edition (2011)
Pages: 190 pages
ePUB size: 1822 kb
FB2 size: 1454 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 977
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This is a wonderful book. We had been to the exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on our last trip to New York, and the exhibit was terrific, each painting a world within a world. This book has even more information about the painters and the art itself. It is enjoyable reading, and beautifully presented.
The book I got was written in German, I thought ordered a paperback and received a hardback book that was totally not what I wanted, I certainly could have sent it back but I'm really not very good about those things, so just won't order any more from here.
I recently saw this exhibit on my trip to the Metropolitan Museum and I bought this catalogue to learn more about the featured artists and works. Of the forty painters featured only the Germans, Caspar Friedrich and Adolph Mendel are well known in this country. In fact, most of the borrowed works come from European museums and are shown here for the first time. The opening essay by Sabine Rewald discusses the importance of the open window and the home interior as a subject in European art, especially in the northern countries. In the essay she introduces the reader to several newly discovered painters such as Georg Kersting, Martin Drolling, Johann Dahl, and Fyodor Tolstoy(a relative of the famous writer Leo). The rest of the book is full color page reproductions and accompanied description entries of over seventy oil and watercolor paintings, and drawings. The most famous painting by far is Friedrich's "Woman at the Window". Throughout the book, you'll see that many of the works are a combination of interiors, genre scenes, landscapes, and portraiture. A note if you buy the book before you go to the museum, ten works are not actually in the exhibition especially the renowned "Balcony Room" by Mendel. If you love nineteenth century art and want a book of lesser known artists, I would add this to your library.
I saw this exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum a few days ago, and while I was there I had a chance to look through this catalog and compare the images to the paintings. The reproduction quality of the paintings was medium to poor. The color in the reproductions was sometimes less saturated and the range of color was compressed. Some of the reproductions had a blotchy quality to them. I did not have a chance to read all the accompanying text but what I did read was informative and the catalog is, overall, a nice momento of the show but should not be regarded as an accurate rendering of the paintings. The exhibit itself is wonderful and highly recommended. The paintings are small and intimate, and hung at eye level so that you can really appreciate the rich detail in these small but charming works. Sometimes I go to exhibits to learn and expand my "appreciation" but sometimes an exhibit is pure pleasure -- and this was one of those. I will probably buy the catalog as a keepsake and to read the rest of the text.