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Download The Hudson River School: The Landscape Art of Bierstadt, Cole, Church, Durand, Heade and Twenty Other Artists epub

by Louise Minks

A Book on the Landscape and Vegetation of the Hudson River School area
Download The Hudson River School: The Landscape Art of Bierstadt, Cole, Church, Durand, Heade and Twenty Other Artists epub
ISBN: 0760717117
ISBN13: 978-0760717110
Category: Photography
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Louise Minks
Language: English
Publisher: Barnes & Noble (1999)
Pages: 112 pages
ePUB size: 1354 kb
FB2 size: 1437 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 642
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Now this is a coffee table book! Beautifully reproduced paintings by Hudson River School artists. Not all Hudson River School artists are represented, but a good number are, including the most well-known, such as Cole, Durand, and Bierstadt. The value of this volume is in the reproductions. There is an overview of the movement and some of the artists, but it is not meant to be an in-depth treatise.
I love this book, although small, full of rich, beautiful pictures of the art work by the Hudson River School artists. Also provides enough information to really pique someone's interest in this group of pioneering painters. They were the original painters of light, long before the term was hijacked and used to promote mass production paintings.
Awesome huge book especially for the price.
Great book!
Great book.
The book is in excellent condition, like new, the reproductions are beautifully done, color is great, the information given, while certainly not definitive, is quite adequate.
Thank you,

Sam Owens
This is not a giant book, but it certainly is a beautiful one, in which you'll find a decent helping of full-color plates that portray the majestic representation of idealized landscape painting that came to be known as the Hudson River School.
In an easily readable fourteen-page introduction, author Louise Minks takes us from about 1825, when the definition of this genre of landscape painting was beginning to form, to the last decades of the 19th Century, when the term "Hudson River School" came into vogue as a way of distancing the style from the emerging Barbizon School in France. Ms. Minks recounts the goings-on of the writers, patrons and artists which influenced many Hudson River School painters, such as Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Martin Heade, George Inness, Worthington Whittredge and Albert Bierstadt, to name a few. Twenty black-and-white illustrations (mostly photos of paintings and noteworthy people) appear along with the text.
The 80 color plates, about half of which extend to both pages of the open book, are arranged according to phases of the Hudson River School development: "Formative," "Mature," and "Expansionist." Each phase is introduced with a page-long synopsis of what was happening at the time the artwork on the following pages was created. As expected, Cole, Bierstadt and Church are the most represented (25 artists overall). Also, Ms. Minks made sure to include in the color plates the artwork that was most discussed in the introduction. The color printing is of excellent quality, as is the paper stock on which the artwork appears. Given the size of the pages, I found it easy to spend a long time admiring all that was going on in each painting.
Louise Minks' 1999 "The Hudson River School" is a coffee table art book containing an excellent selection from a distinctively American genre, coupled with an informative narrative on the history of the movement.

The narrative covers the three standard phases of the Hudson River School, from Formative to Mature to Expansionist. The text is liberally illustrated with approximately 60 color plates, many full-size, and a variety of black and white illustrations and artists' portraits. The illustrations include the work of 25 artists, among others: Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, Thomas Cole, Goerge Innes, and Worthington Whittredge.

"The Hudson River School" is very highly recommended to fans of HRS, who will find the text and illustrations worth lingering over, and to art students looking for a good introduction to HRS.