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The Brueghels [Hardcover]

Emile Michel , Victoria Charles

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March 1 2007 Temporis
The one hundred views of Edo by Ando Totikaro, better known as Hiroshige (1797-1858), is one of the most famous artistic productions of all time. The art of the Ukiyo-e School or Popular Painting was the expression of a singular and isolated civilization. It had considerable influence on European art, and both Monet and Van Gogh drew much inspiration from it. Hiroshige was the pupil of Toyohiro in Edo. When his teacher died, Hiroshige moved to Kyoto and set up his own studio. The sets of prints he created there, many of them views on the Tokaido road, made him famous and early European visitors began buying and bringing them back to Europe, setting off a craze for Japanese art. The compositions in this series of prints never repeat themselves and are of astonishing diversity. The contrast of planes, the richness of motifs and the splendor of the colors reveal the extraordinary talent of Hiroshige.

This study is dedicated to the analysis of the artistic qualities of a selection of the prints in Russian museums, and also of earlier works. The history of the Ukiyo-e style in Hiroshige and other practioners is discussed. The illustrations are accompanied by explanations and poetic captions.

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Charles has published many different works and is a regular contributor to an international guide to contemporary art.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, but Amazon's description is incorrect May 11 2013
By Irving Washington - Published on Amazon.com
I don't know where else to report this, but the paragraph attached to the entry for The Brueghels is about some other book. Amazon if you read these reviews, please fix it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruegel and Sons May 13 2013
By Martin P - Published on Amazon.com
This wonderful book charts the course of the artistic Brueghel family, from Pieter (the elder) to his two sons, Pieter (the younger) and Jan the elder (apparently Jan's son was also a painter). While the book focuses mainly on Pieter the elder (undoubtedly the master of the three) it is interesting to chart the similarities and differences between the father and two sons. The book is compact but filled with brilliant quality stills of the three painters' works, and Emile Michel and Victoria Charles do a great job working with the little biographical information known about the three artists, and add historical information with details of Flemish painting between 1400-1600.

For fans of Brueghel (s), or of Flemish paintings in general, this is a must buy!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great information on Brueghel Feb. 24 2013
By Xam - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has practically everything there is to know about the Brueghels (mainly Pieter the Elder). There actually isn't a whole lot known about him, especially considering how important of an artist he was & continues to be. But the historical information that is known is well presented here, as well as insightful interpretations of his works. There are lots of full color reproductions of his art, and the quality of the reproductions is very good. Unfortunately it's a very small book & they would have looked so much better at a larger size. That's my main reason for taking 1 star off the overall rating here. But for anyone interested in Pieter Brughel, this book is really a must have & I highly recommend picking it up.

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