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Thomas Gainsborough : a country life
Belsey, Hugh.
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Munich ; New York : Prestel, 2002.
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96 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
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ND497.G2 B35 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This new study on Thomas Gainsborough concentrates on the early life and works of the great eighteenth-century artist. Gainsborough's talent was evident at a young age, and before he established himself as one of London's leading portrait artists he was able to indulge himself in his true passion, landscapes, as well as providing portraits for a provincial clientele.

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The career of English painter Gainsborough is often divided into three phases: youth and early career in London and Suffolk, rise to national eminence at Bath, and late years in London. Belsey (curator, Gainsborough's House) discusses the artist's career up to his move to Bath in 1759. An examination of Gainsborough's lengthy early career is particularly important because he developed his style slowly and his works vary widely; some show signs of hesitation and even a lack of confidence, others are experimental and attain high achievement. The study of the artist's early life, works, and influences also are necessary to understand the man and his later paintings. Belsey's study is timely since contemporary taste is coming to appreciate more the freshness and artlessness of Gainsborough's early portraits and landscape as much as the later hothouse paintings. However, rather than breaking new ground, the author offers a summation of current knowledge. He aims for a wide readership since the text is fairly generalized, footnotes are kept to a minimum, and the bibliography is short. The minimal chronology of Gainsborough's life has limited value. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. J. Houghton Muskegon Museum of Art