Laurel Gasque examines Rookmaaker's life and shows how he incorporated his biblical beliefs into his teaching, writing, and interaction with the arts and individuals. She also explores the development of Rookmaaker's friendship with Francis A. Schaeffer and how each influenced the other, especially in grasping the vision that became L'Abri Fellowship.
Gasque has rich material to draw from, including personal memories of her mentor and friend, conversations with Rookmaaker's family members, and the body of work he left behind. Her careful research and engaging writing style make this book an outstanding contribution to the world of Christian biography.
After every work of art in the country was evaluated a short list of finalists by British, Italian, Dutch, Belgian and French artists was announced. There were heavy hitters like Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh. Also on the list was one of the most original works in the Western World's art canon - The Arnolfini Portrait by Netherlands painter Jan van Eyck in 1434, perpetrated with oils on three panels of oak boards.
In the end the vote was not all that close. The winner was The Fighting Téméraire Tugged to Her Last Berth to Be Broken Up, 1838 painted by a contemporary and bitter rival of Constable, Joseph William Mallord Turner.
Turner was secretive and prolific in his paintings and did more than any other artist to elevate landscape painting to the lofty status of historical painting that was universally held to be the highest form of Western painting. Turner knew his rightful place among the Old Masters; 150 years after his death the people of England agreed with him.
This book tells his incredible story.
In 2011, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam housing the worlds largest collection of Van Gogh paintings received a staggering total of 1.6 million visitors through its doors (The Van Gogh Museum).
That's not surprising. Is there anyone out there who doesn't know Vincent van Gogh and his paintings? He is undoubtedly one of history's most celebrated modern artists.
Vincent van Gogh lived at a time when the ethereal style of the 19th century Impressionist painters was de rigueur. Although he admired the Impressionists and studied their techniques, Van Gogh had a rebellious, avant-garde way of painting which put him at odds with the conventions of his day (Letters, Letter from Dr. Tralbaut).
There were other rebels like him. Post-Impressionist contemporaries such as Paul Gaugain, Emile Bernard, and Paul Cezanne were experimenting with bold colors and distorted forms. They tried to express certain moods in their painted works which Impressionism could not. The work of all these artists helped usher in the era of Modern art, broadening what future generations would accept as art (Heinich and Browne, The Glory of Van Gogh: An Anthropology of Admiration).
But more than a hundred years later, Van Gogh is the artist-rebel everyone thinks of first.
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Frances Billano is a gourmet cook-for-hire and singer. She graduated from Ateneo de Manila University and worked for the Asian Institute of Management.
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This Uncle Cent was a partner at Goupil & Cie, a leading French art dealership at the time. In keeping with family tradition, young Vincent began as a trainee at the companys office in The Hague in 1869. It was his first exposure to the European art industry. He got the chance to see works of artists from different countries up close. Four years later, the company was satisfied with his performance and assigned him to their London office.
At first, Vincent took pleasure in being an art dealer. He enjoyed going to work daily at the gallery on Southampton Street, and clients liked dealing with him (Bonger-Van Gogh, Memoir). He was earning enough to live comfortably in a boarding house in the suburbs, occasionally sending extra money home to his family. He was dandy enough to buy a top hat to wear (Letters, Reverend Van Gogh to Theo, 1873)...
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Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574) was a man of many talents—a sculptor, painter, architect, writer, and scholar—but he is best known for Lives of the Artists, which singlehandedly established the canon of Italian Renaissance art. Before Vasari’s extraordinary book, art was considered a technical skill, and artists were mere decorators and craftsmen. It was through Vasari’s visionary writings that Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo came to be regarded as great masters of life as well as art, their creative genius celebrated as a divine gift.
Lauded by Sarah Bakewell as “insightful, gripping, and thoroughly enjoyable,” The Collector of Lives reveals how one Renaissance scholar completely redefined how we look at art.