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An Artist's Garden

Raymond Booth; Peyton Skipwith

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ISBN 10: 0935112545 / ISBN 13: 9780935112542
Published by Callaway Editions, Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A., 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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132 pages; some crinkling to top edge (1/4 inch) of dust jacket; overall, a fine copy in a very good plus jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 000539

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Title: An Artist's Garden

Publisher: Callaway Editions, Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Raymond Booth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus

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Artists have long tried to capture the fleeting beauty of the natural world, but none has succeeded as Raymond Booth has. Over more than forty years, he has built an immense body of rarely-seen work. His lush oil paintings transport the viewer into idyllic scenes in which each leaf and petal, branch and feather comes alive in vivid realism. Booth's luminous work exhibits both scientific precision and transcendent artistic vision.Also a renowned botanist, he painstakingly observes each plant through one or more growing cycles before putting brush to canvas. Here is the first comprehensive collection of Booth's singular oeuvre -- exquisitely reproduced in an oversized format with extraordinary fidelity to the original works of art. An introduction and commentary by Peyton Skipwith, director of The Fine Art Society of London, accompanies the color plates and provides gardening anecdotes and a wealth of technical information, including habitat or bloom period. This long-overdue retrospective volume, celebrating the work of a master painter, will be treasured by all those who love art and nature.

From Publishers Weekly:

If he had been better at science, claims British botanical artist Booth (Japonica Magnifica), he would have become a biologist. Instead, at age 70, he remains a revered illustrator of plants and animals, which he renders with a lushness and precision on prominent display in this oversized Eden. Booth works with oil on paper, not the typical choice of medium by artists for whom capturing every exacting detail is critical, but these 80 color plates show that Booth's "single-mindedness of purpose and practice" ("Give me time" is apparently his frequent lament) have paid off. Director of the Fine Art Society in London, Skipwith (The Great Bird Illustrators) notes in the introduction that, atypically for botanical illustration, Booth's work is "unabashedly pictoral"; it most often places its subjectsDflowers, trees, birds, squirrels, owls, etc.Dwithin recognizably forest-like settings, which may bear some resemblance to the artist's garden in Leeds. Despite its hefty price, this book is sure to win the hearts of gardeners who will thrill to exact-scale renderings of Jasminum nudiflorum and Fritillaria tubiformis, and to surprise some art lovers, who will find it more Audubon (Callaway repeatedly makes the comparison in the press chat) than Bob Ross. As Booth explains, it's just "so interesting to be outside all the time." (Nov.)
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