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The Infinite Tulip Hardcover – Jan 14 2004


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch (Jan. 14 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821228749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821228746
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 1.5 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #768,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nature photographer Feinstein opens his shutter to the tulip's splendid diversity, showing off several centuries of meticulous breeding in this small collection of photographs. The flowers presented range from soft, closed coquettish buds to violently ruffled blooms that explode open toward the viewer. Nature's palate is equally remarkable; simple primary colors blend into decadent violets, fresh greens and rosy pinks. The tulip "Beau Monde" curves like an art nouveau sculpture, the smooth arcing lines of its petals fanning across the page. The ragged crimson petals of "Fringed Carnival" resemble a masquerader's feather headpiece. Feinstein allows the flowers to speak for themselves, limiting his text to each variety's name and a brief introduction, in which he explains his inspiration for the title: "with my mouth dropping open almost continuously" while photographing the flowers, the words "the infinite tulip" burst forth. This book and its companion, The Infinite Rose, are the first Fienstein collections available in small format. 60 four-color photographs.
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...the most jaw-dropping close-ups...Shot against a stark black background and accompanied only by the flower name, the flowers burst to the fore-front, bright in hue and voluptuous in form. These are the types of photos that one can pull out and frame. The books will remind readers why flowers are so symbolic of tender sentiments PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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"In teaching photography, my basic instruction is 'When your mouth drops open, click the shutter!'" - Harold Feinstein
Feinstein continues to say the tulips he photographed for this book gave him many mouth-dropping moments. Once you see them, you'll understand. Feinstein photographs the traditional shaped tulip, the fringed edged, and those resembling the shapes of roses. Each is brilliant in color and sometimes adjusted to appear even more flamboyant. I found the wildness of the Double Circus Parrot intriguing, the Green Wave Parrot daring, and the Family Cluster beautiful. Spring Green, the side view and the multi tulip shot are my absolute favorites, and the Easter tulip reminds me of an oil painting.
Tulips begin the growing season, and maybe that's why I like to think of them as a sign of renewal. Beautiful heads of color and design waving in the breeze can be inspiring. Besides impressing me as art, _The Infinite Tulip_ reminds me of spring, Easter, and gardening. When you fill that Easter or gardening basket for your parents or friends, consider including "The Infinite Tulip."
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
PERFECT COMPANION TO "THE INFINITE ROSE" June 4 2004
By Brenda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"In teaching photography, my basic instruction is `When your mouth drops open, click the shutter!'" - Harold Feinstein
Feinstein continues to say the tulips he photographed for this book gave him many mouth-dropping moments. Once you see them, you'll understand. Feinstein photographs the traditional shaped tulip, the fringed edged, and those resembling the shapes of roses. Each is brilliant in color and sometimes adjusted to appear even more flamboyant. I found the wildness of the Double Circus Parrot intriguing, the Green Wave Parrot daring, and the Family Cluster beautiful. Spring Green, the side view and the multi tulip shot are my absolute favorites, and the Easter tulip reminds me of an oil painting.
Tulips begin the growing season, and maybe that's why I like to think of them as a sign of renewal. Beautiful heads of color and design waving in the breeze can be inspiring. Besides impressing me as art, _The Infinite Tulip_ reminds me of spring, Easter, and gardening. When you fill that Easter or gardening basket for your parents or friends, consider including "The Infinite Tulip."
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful book for anyone who loves imagery. Jan. 8 2008
By Lauri Maki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for the love of my life and she seemed to love it. The pictures are detailed beyond reason and you can't help but sit and stare at each picture while you slowly make your way through the book. I got it as an inspiration for her to paint, but I am even thinking about getting a copy for myself. This book is so beautiful, A+. If you are an artist or just care at all, buy this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Feb. 10 2014
By Amazon Customer gracies mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This came highly recommended but after looking through it I was
underwhelmed.
While the author shows a mastery of his medium and uses some very nice glass,
there is nothing here that moves me or really says anything about a passion for flowers.
He has pedigree but so much of that is often political and more a question of who you know.
The work is proficient but to my eye uninspired.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Souless May 22 2013
By m1ude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Photography is not the happiest art to create images of flowers. It is the exceedingly rare photographer who can render the sense of wonder and beauty - the very soul of a flower. The Dutch masters - van Aelst, de Heem, Bosschaert, de Bray and others, then recently Fantin-Latour and the last flowers of Manet were able to impart such feelings to this viewer. This book does not.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Average book May 7 2012
By Helen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not that many good pictures considering the price. There are other tulip books with better pictures of harder-to-find tulips. The book was small and not that interesting.


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