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Franta: Paintings and Works on Paper

Noel, Bernard

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ISBN 10: 0934211035 / ISBN 13: 9780934211031
Published by Mage Publishers, 1987
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Hardcover SIGNED BY FRANTA on the front endpaper, immediately below the pre-printed representation of his name (the two are very similar), with an indecipherable word--perhaps Czech--in between. This hardcover and dust jacket are VG, with a few blemishes: light handling and mild wear, 4x2cm area inside the front cover lifted by a sticker, slight rippling of the lower page edges. 143 pages, with illustrations throughout. [2.5 lbs]. Bookseller Inventory # 51998

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Title: Franta: Paintings and Works on Paper

Publisher: Mage Publishers

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Illustrator(s)

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Franta is an artist known for his striking canvas works that explore the relationship between different human beings. The artist employs his recognizable subjective approach that favors expression rather than representation to create striking images of human physics. His artworks have a unique ability to connect with the viewers thus leading them down the road of self-reflection and self-awareness. Though he's known for his early figurative and later disfiguration paintings, Franta is equally skillful in the media of sculpture while transferring his unique expressive aesthetic to the three-dimensional artworks. Today Franta's works hang in museums around the work - Guggenheim New York, Musée d'Art Modern Paris, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Israel Museum, Jerusalem. And yet in many ways we are only now beginning to recognize and appreciate the significance of Franta. This study, the first monograph on his work, traces his development from the 1960s when he first arrived in France, a refugee from Czechoslovakia, up to his recent exhibitions in New York and Paris. Not content merely to "produce works of art", Franta searches, step-by-step, painting by painting, for human transcendence. In an evocative text, the renowned French poet and art historian Bernard Noël shows us the crucial difference between fashion and art. He guides us through the depths of Franta's paintings and helps us understand the artist. With this book we can now follow, for the first time, Franta's 30-year quest for harmony and wholeness in a world that has torn him apart. 109 illustrations, 50 in color. In French and English.

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Text: English, French

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