George Tooker

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Tooker's realism is the realism of mystery."--Time

This book contains over 150 paintings of George Tooker. The color reproductions capture the luminous quality of the artist's work in egg tempera, and his meticulous painting technique is described in detail through an intimate look into the artist's studio.

For more than forty-five years Tooker has painted haunting psychological landscapes exploring the human condition, all characterized by their use of symbolism, classical form, and masterful technique. His absorbing images both enchant and repel us in their forceful depiction of the complexities of our age while clearly demonstrating the artist's love of composition and human form. By Thomas H. Garver.

Revised edition. 164 pages, over 150 color and black-and-white paintings. Paperbound with flaps. Size: 10 x 11".

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Thomas H. Garver was the founding director of the Newport Harbor Art Museum in Newport Beach, California and the director of the Madison Art Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Other positions have included assistant director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and Curator of Exhibitions of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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*Starred Review* Once you’ve seen a George Tooker painting, you won’t soon forget it, but Tooker’s life and work are not well known. This gap in American art history is splendidly redressed in this volume of lustrous reproductions and informative biographical and critical essays published in conjunction with the first Tooker retrospective in three decades. Born in 1920, Tooker has long been influenced by his love of literature, passion for Renaissance art, and spirituality. After finding a place within a circle of fellow gay artists and writers, including Paul Cadmus, Lincoln Kirstein, and W. H. Auden, Tooker left New York and the postwar action-painting vortex for Vermont, where he still works in the unforgiving medium of egg tempera, creating empathic, haunting paintings of people literally or figuratively boxed in and isolated, such as his most famous work, Subway (1950), in which wary women and men navigate prisonlike halls. Sensitive to prejudice and injustice, concerned with alienation and other maladies of the soul, and critical of corporate culture, Tooker describes his freshly germane work as “protest paintings.” Attuned to life’s mysteries, sorrows, and beauty, Tooker is also a painter of light and love. --Donna Seaman

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