ART HISTORY

PUBLISHER
Hatje Cantz

BOOK FORMAT
Hardback, 9.5 x 12 in. / 368 pgs / 246 color / 26 bw.

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Out of print

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Catalog: FALL 2008 p. 65   

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ISBN 9783775722070 TRADE
List Price: $75.00 CDN $90.00

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HATJE CANTZ

The Magic of Things

Still-Life Painting 1500-1800

Edited by Jochen Sander.

Of painting's enduring genres, it may be the still life that offers the most brazen opportunities for virtuoso flourish, and that most closely approximates painting itself, as an art of arrangement of color, texture and light. Glistening dew drops on flower petals, contorted reflections of light on glass goblets and silver dishes, candied sweets heaped up in Chinese porcelain, the textures of fur, cloth, metal and bone--the rendering of such objects demands of an artist not only skill but an instinct for the thingness of things. Chardin, for example, was so gifted in this respect that certain admirers have been known to literally lick his paintings. However, skill, as always, is not the whole story: "One uses color but one paints with feelings," he once explained to a colleague hoping for tips on technique. For the viewer, the still life demands no extensive training in art theory, since its endless rewards are plain to the eye and mind--excepting the obvious symbolism that attends such items as skulls or fallen petals. This volume boasts a splendid selection of works by such masters of the genre as Jan Brueghel the Elder, Georg Flegel, Sebastian Stoskopff, Jan Davidsz de Heem, Abraham Mignon and Chardin, culled from first-class collections from the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, the Kunstmuseum Basel and the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt.
The Magic of Things

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