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…And I’m Back.

In Art, Books on February 21, 2014 at 6:59 am

It turns out I couldn’t stay away for too long after all.

Coming up over the next few weeks are some book reviews (Martin Gayford, Victoria Finlay, Tove Jansson) and some general art appreciation.

First up, this wonderful tome I found in the British Heart Foundation bookshop:

Published by Abeville Press Publishers, 2003.

Published by Abeville Press Publishers, 2003.

The fetching lady on the cover is the Countess Golovin, painted by – wait for it – Marie Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun in 1800.

This is an amazing book for many reasons. Firstly, it’s very thorough, beginning with the Renaissance and ending in the nineties. Secondly, it’s in full colour (unusual for art books). And lastly, but most importantly, the artists in it are exceptional.

Ta ta for now and see you soon!

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  1. I’m glad you’re back. Great find. It’s a favourite here.

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