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Delft Masters, Vermeer's Contemporaries - Illusion through the Conquest of Light and Space

Michiel C C Kersten & Danielle H A C Lokin

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ISBN 10: 904009828X / ISBN 13: 9789040098284
Published by Waanders Publishers & Stedelijk Museum het Prinsenhof, Zwolle & Delft, 1996
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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224 pages including bibliography, heavily illustrated - much in colur; bound in colour illustrated light card lettered in white. An apparently unused copy. A heavy book, so additional shipping will be asked for destinations outside the UK. Size: 9¾" x 12" (250mm x 305mm). Bookseller Inventory # 017028

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Title: Delft Masters, Vermeer's Contemporaries - ...

Publisher: Waanders Publishers & Stedelijk Museum het Prinsenhof, Zwolle & Delft

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Light card

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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In the 1640s and '50s a number of innovations were rather suddenly introduced at Delft in the painting of architecture, townscapes and genre scenes. We would like to shed some light on these revolutionary developments, not from the perspective of any one artist, but from that of a like-minded group,. Although art historians have discredited the notion of a 'Delft School', there can be no quesstion that the artists in this city did have a number of interests in common, such as optics, light, colour, composition, perspective, and the city as a backdrop for their portraits of daily life. Around the middle of the century the provincial, somewhat derivative character of local painting was transformed and Delft rapidly evolved into an influential centre of art. This transformaton manifested itself first of all in the work of painters who settled here in the period 1645-1675, some for a shorter, others for a longer time. These painters still number among Holland's most famous: Paulus Potter, Emanuel de Write, Gerald Houckgeest, Carel Fabitius and Pieter de Hooch. Notwithstanding the diversity of the themes they treated and the genres in which they worked, they shared a number of artistic interest. It is precisely because their art has such a clearly recognisable number of artistic identity that the term 'Delft School' enjoyed such a long and successful career. The most salient characteristic of their pictures is the illusionistic rendering of the subject, in which light and perspective play a crucial role. One is immediately struck by the new, more rational approach to the structure of the painted space. "The painters experimented with perspective in an unparalleled fashion while at the same time studying the expressionistic potential of light and shadow.

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