The World of Gainsborough 1727-1788
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The World of Gainsborough 1727-1788

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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published 1979 by Time-Life Books, Inc. (first published 1969)
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Frankie
Dec 08, 2011 Frankie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I confess I wasn't too familiar with Gainsborough. What little I had gathered from his career marks him as a landscape painter of renown, but his portraiture is remarkable. For the 18th century, his portraits are bizarrely photographic in likeness, especially his duchesses and actresses, though his height exaggerations withhold some realism. The paintings of his daughters are particularly perfect. His later peasant portrayals are fascinatingly foreshadowing of 20th century impressionism.

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Andrea Engle
Interesting overview of Gainsborough that includes other prominent English artists of his time ... well grounded ...
Marjorie Elwood
This wasn't quite what I expected - I was hoping for lots of color plates - but the narrative was interesting. The author covered the life of Gainsborough and his cultural and artistic influences.
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