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Gauguin: Catalogue Raisonne of the Paintings (1873#1888) [Hardcover]

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Item description for Gauguin: Catalogue Raisonne of the Paintings (1873#1888) by Daniel Wildenstein, Alex Pang, Joy Parker, John Sparks, Ben Applegate, Ian Morson, Arthur Nersesian & Scott Silsby...

A century after the death of Paul Gauguin, our knowledge of his life and work has made huge strides.

The present work covers the youth and early maturity of this pioneering artist and attempts a summation. It also offers a complete catalogue of the paintings, in the process thoroughly updating the original Wildenstein catalogue of 1964. These first two volumes take the reader through to the end of 1888, a year of profound upheavel in French painting. That was the year in which Gauguin and his friends, by a collaborative effort, arrived at Synthetism and, by rejecting representation in depth, freed Western painting of laws that had governed it since the Renaissance.

But Synthetism was also a form of primitivism. The society in which Gauguin lived was--already--a technical and materialist one, which contained the seeds of all that the 20th century became. Gauguin was one of the first to seek, in reaction to this civilization, a form of inspiration deriving from the timeless origins of humanity.

Although these two volumes are the product of rigorous research, they are studded with illustrations and are by no means intended for specialists alone. Commentary on each work offers a step-by-step analysis of Gauguin's artistic development, while reconstructing the artist's experience and the aesthetic and socio-cultural issues of his times.

The lively detail of the chronology describes the events of Gauguin's life, along with those of his friends; thanks to extensive research in unpublished archives, it also casts completely new light on Gauguin's ancestry.

The introduction offers an analysis of the period and an in-depth portrait of this great artist.

This exhaustive work is carefully designed so that each entry and insert can be read in isolation, though a system of cross-referencing ensures the continuity of the work and restores the overall trajectory of Gauguin's development.

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Studio: Skira/The Wildenstein Institute
Pages   648
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 3" Width: 10" Height: 12.5"
Weight:   11.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2002
Publisher   Skira/Wildenstein
ISBN  8884911370  
ISBN13  9788884911377  

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More About Daniel Wildenstein, Alex Pang, Joy Parker, John Sparks, Ben Applegate, Ian Morson, Arthur Nersesian & Scott Silsby

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Daniel Wildenstein, art historian and publisher, has been a member of the Paris Academie des Beaux-Arts since 1971. He began comanaging the Wildenstein Galleries in New York, London, and Tokyo in 1939, and later assumed sole responsibility for them. He has also headed two art journals of international reputation: "Arts" (1956-1962) and, since 1963, the "Gazette des Beaux-Arts." Through the Wildenstein Institute, he has enhanced the prestige of French culture by supporting numerous art exhibitions. He edits and directs the publication of "catalogues raisonnes" of 18th, 19th, and 20th century artists; a renowned authority on the Impressionist painters, he is the author of the Manet and Monet catalogues in particular.

Daniel Wildenstein was born in 1917 and died in 2001.

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An excellent psychological biography and raisonne of early works; but just an okay art book  Sep 27, 2009
Wow, this is an art historian's dream book, and finally answers that great unknown countless people have pondered: Just what does one do with an art history degree? Answer: One does exhaustive research on a subject and puts it all in a book.
This book, in one sense, is peerless for it compiles an abundance of information and presents it in an easily read and interesting format. It not only covers all known paintings of the covered time period, it introduces some heretofore unknown ones and provides as much background information about them all as possible, including unbelievably great provenance info; copious asides describing the lives and relationships of various subjects, influences, artistic periods, and stylistic evolutions.
Reading this two volume set which will take many, many hours of reading will leave one with a thorough appreciation of Gaugin's ancestry, family, personality, life, and art (of the covered period).
The problem is that the book is so thorough that it really is most suitable for fellow art historians and gallery owners/employees who sell Gaugin paintings. In other words its broadest appeal is to a miniscule sliver of the population.
For other people, people who just want to look at pretty pictures, this book is probably not going to cut it for the following reasons: It covers the EARLY part of Gaugin's career before his most brilliant works were done -- certainly his most popular, in any event; and the reproductions in this book are overshadowed by the voluminous amount of textual information.
This is somewhat ironic don't you think, that a book about a visual artist is constructed in such a way that paintings are hidden amongst the text?
The editors of this high quality Skira publication, printed in Italy, should have included more large, lush reproductions of the subject paintings. One suspects this wasn't done because, frankly, many of the early paintings are more intimate level, whereas Gaugin's later works were generally monumental.
I don't believe this two volume set is good value at its full retail price. Nor is it an essential purchase except to the two tiny interest groups mentioned above.
Oh, and finally, it ought to be said that the contributors to this book are a little too obsessed with the notion of genetic determinism to suit my tastes. I understand that they are trying to make the book interesting but the psychologically speculative digressions they engage in put me in mind of that great obsessive character played by Sandra Bernhardt in 'The King of Comedy.'
This isn't a recommended purchase, I'm sorry to say, the genuinely great background material and extensive research contained in these two volumes notwithstanding.
Wildenstein which sponsored this book as a replacement of its 1964 catalogue raisonne should have created a three volume set that covered his entire career. This would make much more sense and would have made this a worthwhile four star purchase.

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