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Royal Academy of Arts

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ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

Anne Desmet: A Greek Journey

Text by Anne Desmet.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Anne Desmet: A Greek Journey.'

Every page of this intimate sketchbook revels in the bright colors and spacious vistas of the Greek islands

Every page of this delightful little book—meticulously reproduced from the sketchbooks that the British artist Anne Desmet (born 1964) has used since her first travels to Greece in the 1980s—is soaked in Mediterranean sunshine. Desmet specializes in wood engravings, linocuts and mixed-media collages, but she also maintains an active drawing practice, at home and on holiday. Desmet’s drawings in this volume show the daily life at her Greek destinations and the bobbing fishing boats, shady streets and bright blue seas that make the Greek landscape so recognizable.

Desmet commits every detail to paper, and the book’s intimate, small-scale format emphasizes her distinctive flair for capturing the relationship between extreme foreground and distance. Colorful and atmospheric sketches in pen, wash and watercolor conjure up the unique feel of the Sporades. Desmet notes the locations of each sketch, allowing the reader to follow her from island to island across the Aegean Sea in an intimate travelogue.

This gem of a book follows the artist’s bestselling sketchbook, An Italian Journey. Like that volume, Anne Desmet: A Greek Journey offers something truly special—a glorious tour of the Greek islands through the eyes of a meticulous and precise artist.


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/12/2019

Anne Desmet's 'A Greek Journey' is dazzling in its simplicity

Anne Desmet's 'A Greek Journey' is dazzling in its simplicity

Featured spread, captioned "27/8/18, Skiathos, morning thunder coming. Slightly down the hill from Agios Nikolaos," is reproduced from A Greek Journey, the Royal Academy’s charming sketchbook-like collection of Anne Desmet’s watercolor drawings made during three Greek summers spanning thirty-four years. The first series was made when Desmet was an art student, in 1984, traveling the Northern Sporades and Aegean Sea with a friend, her uncle and her brother. The second was made in 1985, while traveling with her mother and brother on Alonissos. “One balmy night found us, with my uncle and Greek fishermen friends, on the uninhabited island of Pelagos eating barbequed octopus on the seashore beneath the shining Milky Way and a myriad shooting stars,” she writes. The final series was made in 2018, while traveling with her husband and young children. “The cheerily painted wooden caïques were long gone—replaced by sleek tourist yachts and cruisers—the streets were crowded, whitewashed buildings more numerous. But the landscape and its dazzling colors were unchanged and evoked nostalgic memories. Thus the thirteenth anniversary of my wonderful uncle’s death saw us drinking a toast to his memory from a bar in Patitiri harbor, which seemed to bring my Greek journey full circle.” continue to blog


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Anne Desmet: A Greek Journey

ANNE DESMET: A GREEK JOURNEY

Text by Anne Desmet.

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

ISBN: 9781912520237
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Pub Date: 9/17/2019
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Emma Stibbon: Fire and Ice

EMMA STIBBON: FIRE AND ICE

Text by Emma Stibbon.

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

ISBN: 9781912520251
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Pub Date: 10/22/2019
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A Book of Birds

A BOOK OF BIRDS

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

ISBN: 9781912520374
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Pub Date: 12/17/2019
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Anne Desmet: An Italian Journey

ANNE DESMET: AN ITALIAN JOURNEY

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

ISBN: 9781910350546
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Pub Date: 1/24/2017
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Norman Ackroyd: A Shetland Notebook

NORMAN ACKROYD: A SHETLAND NOTEBOOK

By Norman Ackroyd.

ROYAL ACADEMY PUBLICATIONS

ISBN: 9781907533891
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Pub Date: 2/24/2015
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David Hockney: A Yorkshire Sketchbook

DAVID HOCKNEY: A YORKSHIRE SKETCHBOOK

By David Hockney.

ROYAL ACADEMY PUBLICATIONS

ISBN: 9781907533235
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Pub Date: 1/3/2012
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Anne Desmet: A Greek Journey

ANNE DESMET: A GREEK JOURNEY

Text by Anne Desmet.

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

ISBN: 9781912520237
USD $14.95
| CAN $19.95

Pub Date: 9/17/2019
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Anne Desmet: An Italian Journey

ANNE DESMET: AN ITALIAN JOURNEY

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

ISBN: 9781910350546
USD $14.95
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Pub Date: 1/24/2017
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