Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788

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Harry N. Abrams, 2002 - Art - 294 pages
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Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) was one of the masters of 18th-century art. This stunning book, published to accompany a major international exhibition covering the artist's entire career, reveals the sheer range, quality, and originality of Gainsborough's work, from his engagingly naturalistic landscapes and touching images of children to his sophisticated and glamorous society portraits. In their revealing essay, Michael Rosenthal and Martin Myrone explore Gainsborough's dynamic involvement with the social world of his day, while other essays explore his subtle approach to the lucrative world of fashionable portraiture and the often pointed social commentary behind his seductive landscapes. This volume provides new and refreshing insights into Gainsborough as an artist who succeeded in creating an experimental and modern art for his own time, and whose works remain vital and rewarding today.

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Thomas Gainsborough, 1727-1788 accompanies a traveling exhibition shown at the Tate Britain, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In their main catalog essay ... Read full review


Foreword 9 Acknowledgments
Art Society Sociability Michael Rosenthal and Martin Myrone
Gainsborough in his Painting Room Rica Jones and Martin Postle

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Michael Rosenthal is Professor of the History at Art at Warwick University. His publications include The Art of Thomas Gainsborough: 'a little business for the eye' (Yale University Press, 1999), and Constable: The Painter and His Landscape (Yale University Press, 1983). He was guest curator of the major Gainsborough retrospective at Tate Britain and is currently working on a book on early colonial art in Australia.

Martin Myrone is a curator at Tate Britain, specializing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British art.

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