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The art of Thomas Gainsborough : "a little business for the eye"

Author: Michael Rosenthal; Thomas Gainsborough; Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for the Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, ©1999.
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"Michael Rosenthal provides a lively account of Gainsborough's varied life and diverse artworks. Rosenthal also examines for the first time the artist's oeuvre as a whole and how the trajectory of his career reflected the problems, dilemmas and situations that were common to other painters of his time. This book sets Gainsborough's art within its social and cultural contexts, shedding new light on the art worlds of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biography
Named Person: Thomas Gainsborough; Thomas Gainsborough; Thomas Gainsborough; Thomas Gainsborough; Thomas Gainsborough; Thomas Gainsborough
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Rosenthal; Thomas Gainsborough; Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
ISBN: 0300081375 9780300081374
OCLC Number: 40990141
Description: viii, 312 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Contents: Studentship and Suffolk --
Bath --
The Royal Academy --
London --
Diversification and defection --
St. Martin's Lane and modern painting --
Faces and lives --
Figuring landscape --
Painting sensibly --
The meanings of art.
Responsibility: Michael Rosenthal.

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"Michael Rosenthal provides a lively account of Gainsborough's varied life and diverse artworks. Rosenthal also examines for the first time the artist's oeuvre as a whole and how the trajectory of his career reflected the problems, dilemmas and situations that were common to other painters of his time. This book sets Gainsborough's art within its social and cultural contexts, shedding new light on the art worlds of London and the English provinces and on the ways in which Gainsborough's painting would have been seen and understood by his contemporaries." "The book begins by charting the geography and professional tactics of a career that took Gainsbourgh from London to Suffolk, Bath and eventually back to London. Rosenthal looks at such wide-ranging topics as how artists manipulated the press, the issue of likeness in portraiture, how rivalries between painters were handled in public and private, and the pressures of the public exhibition. The second part of the book explores the manifestations of Gainsborugh's aesthetic in portraiture, landscape painting and paintings of sensibility. Rosenthal concludes with a discussion of the problem of defining a role and proper form for the fine arts at a time of rapid social change and innovation."--Jacket.

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