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The Boats of Malta - The Art of the Fishermen

Desmond Morris

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ISBN 10: 9995748452 / ISBN 13: 9789995748456
Published by Faraxa Publishing, 2016
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: The Boats of Malta - The Art of the Fishermen

Publisher: Faraxa Publishing

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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This book sets out to record one of the major art forms of the Maltese Islands - the painted fishing boats. Each boat is a work of art. It would function just as well if it were painted an overall grey, but instead it displays a complex pattern of bright colours. Each boat has a unique pattern of colours and yet it remains unmistakably Maltese. Studying the complex variations of these colours reveals that each boat-owner is not only a practical fisherman but also an artist. So this book is a study of a local art form that adorns the coastline of Malta and that has done so for many years. It is also a record of the design and history of these boats.

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Desmond Morris was born on the 24th January 1928 in Purton North Wiltshire England and lives in Oxford. Besides being a world-famous zoologist and ethnologist, authoring about one hundred books, he is also a well-established surrealist painter with over forty solo exhibitions. One must neither forget that over a period of fifty years in his career, he was entrusted with the production of close to eight hundred programmes for television. Together with his wife Ramona he came to live in Malta after the publication of "The Naked Ape" which was an immediate bestseller. One could say that our country has a special place in his heart not only because it was during his stay among us that he wrote and eventually published two other great books ("The Human Zoo" -1969 and "Intimate Behaviour" -1972), but also because it was here that his only son Jason was conceived and spent the first years of his life. In 2016, The University of Malta thought it fit to honour Desmond Morris with a Doctorate Honoris Causa.

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