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Jan van Huysum, 1682-1749: The Temptation of Flora [Hardcover]

By Sam Segal (Author)
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This book about Jan van Huysum is a welcome acquisition for art- and flower-lovers alike. Not only is attention given to the painterly qualities and the art-historical aspects of his work, but it includes charts identifying all the plants, flowers and animals depicted. The Amsterdam artist Jan van Huysum (1682-1749) is one of the most important painters of fruit and flowers of all time. His work conveys unsurpassed craftsmanship, a deep attention for the subject matter as well as great refinement and subtlety. He was the best-paid painter of the 18th century and was regarded as one of the pre-eminent artists of his time. He received commissions from many of Europe's monarchs and aristocracy, received great acclaim during his lifetime, and his work has also remained highly appreciated and expensive. His influence on European still-life art remained noticeable for at least a century after his death. This publication focuses on Jan van Huysum's life, family and background. At the same time his predece

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Studio: Waanders Publishers
Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.1" Width: 9.4" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   4.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 25, 2007
Publisher   Waanders Publishers
ISBN  9040083843  
ISBN13  9789040083846  

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Excellent  Jun 26, 2008
I recently visited the Getty Museum in LA and admired all the paintings by Titian, Van Dyck, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Monet and others, but I kept returning to marvel at two paintings by an artist I knew little about, a Dutch floral artist working in the 1700s named Jan Van Huysum. His hyper-real flower & fruit paintings are just exquisite! Such fine definition of form and color, and all gracefully flowing across the canvas.
I had to learn more and so I picked up "The Temptation of Flora". It is an excellent compendium of Jan Van Huysum's paintings. The floral paintings are all included in this book, which is profusely illustrated with full page reproductions of the paintings and has a lengthy commentary on each piece. The reproduction quality is good, but some are better than others, with some areas of color too blown out, or too dark. Having seen the originals, these reproductions suffer by comparison, although I don't think any camera or printing process could capture the subtlety of Van Huysum's work.
The author has gathered up what little information is available on Van Huysum and consolidated it in this book. It is very thorough, including information on his family, teachers, followers, influence, and technique. It even has a key to many of the paintings that lists every species of flower and insect included in the scene. If you want to learn more about this artist, this is by far the best book available.

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