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by John M. Nash

-- The intelligent and accessible text and the reproductions of all Vermeer's surviving paintings in color make this the ideal introduction to Vermeer's work

Johannes Vermeer is one of the most subtle artists who ever lived, and yet his pictures have achieved the recognition they deserve only in the 20th century. Second only to Rembrandt among 17th century Dutch painters, he enjoyed nothing like the same fame in his own lifetime. The rediscovery of Vermeer is a story in itself, which John Nash unravels in a critical journey, showing how, by dint of comparisons, cross-references and intelligent guesswork, Vermeer's paintings can be made to yield some of their secrets.

Eminently readable with all Vermeer's surviving paintings reproduced in full color, this is an accessible and intelligent account of this important and popular artist.

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ISBN: 1870248635
ISBN13: 978-1870248631
Category: Photography
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: John M. Nash
Language: English
Publisher: Scala Books (July 1, 2002)
Pages: 128 pages
ePUB size: 1337 kb
FB2 size: 1238 kb
Rating: 4.7
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Although published in 1991, Nash's book was the first general introduction to Vermeer's painting to make use of John Michael Montias social and economic history of the artist's family and patrons. Nash takes a thematic approach--rather than a painting by painting review. The result is a fresh perspective of Vermeer's extraordinary art. Out of print but one of the best books on Vermeer. Worth looking for.
I bought this book to enjoy Vermeer's art myself and to study art with the munchkins when they are school-age. The color reproductions really are beautiful! Clear and well-colored. They're a bit smaller than what I would prefer, but since Vermeer often painted on a small-ish scale, that's okay. Most of the color plates are 6.5" by 7-8" but that's not much smaller than "The Lacemaker" in real life.
Of the text, I've only read the biography part, but that is clear and well-written. Nash appears to be a scholarly researcher who can write an approachable book for lay people like me.
The reproductions of the paintings are beautiful, and that is what we buy an art book. The author has fascinating details to relate and he is lively and impassioned in style! He writes about Vermeer's "suspended psychological moment". John Nash divides the paintings into Music, Letters, etc. He shows the works of master painters of Delft of the time and how they treat similar subjects. Nash also has Biography, Patrons and Style.