Great Works 50 Paintings Explored

Great Works by Tom Lubbock

50 Paintings Explored

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Format: Hardback, 216 Pages
ISBN: 9780711232839
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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The best of Tom Lubbock, one of Britain's most intelligent, outspoken and revelatory art critics, is collected here for the first time.

There are electrifying insights - using Hitchcock’ s Suspicion to explore the lighting effects in a Zurbará n still life, imagining three short films to tease out the meanings of El Greco’ s Boy Lighting a Candle - and cool judgements - how Vuillard's genius is confined to a single decade, when he worked at home, why Ingres is really ‘ an exciting wierdo’ .

Ranging with passionate perspicacity over eight hundred years of Western art, whether it's Giotto’ s raging vices, Guston’ s ‘ slobbish, squidgy’ pinks, Gericault’ s pile of truncated limbs or Gwen John’ s Girl in a Blue Dress, Tom Lubbock writes with immediacy and authority about the fifty works which most gripped his imagination.

Laura Cumming is the art critic of the Observer.

Tom Lubbock, critic and illustrator, was the chief art critic of the Independent from 1997 until his death in 2011. He wrote widely on art, books and radio and produced major catalogue essays on Goya, Thomas Bewick and Ian Hamilton Finlay. His illustrations, mainly done in collage, appeared every Saturday on the editorial page of the Independent between 1999 and 2004. His weekly Great Works column, from which these essays are taken, ran between 2005 and 2010.

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Format: Hardback, 216 Pages
ISBN: 9780711232839
Illustrations: 50 paintings in colour
Size: 6.496 in x 8.583 in / 165 mm x 218 mm
Published:

7 Introduction

12 El Greco - Boy Lighting a Candle, Museo di Capodimonte, Naples

16 Francesco Zurbarán - Still Life with Jars, Prado, Madrid

20 Kasimir Malevich - Red House, State Russian Museum, St Petersburg

24 Joan Miró - The Hunter, Catalan Landscape, Museum of Modern Art, New York

28 Johannes Vermeer - View of Delft, Mauritshuis, The Hague

32 Giovanni Francesco Caroto - Young Boy holding a Child’s Drawing, Verona

36 Philipp Otto Runge - The Child in the Meadow, Kunsthalle, Hamburg

40 Vincent van Gogh - Wheatfield with Lark, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

44 Paul Nash - Event on the Downs, Government Art Collection, UK

48 Eugène Delacroix - Still Life with Lobsters, Louvre, Paris

52 Jacopo Tintoretto - Paradise, Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid

56 Peter Doig - Concrete Cabin (West Side), Private collection

60 John Constable - Study of Clouds, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

64 Francis Bacon - Sand Dune, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Basel

68 Peter Paul Rubens - The Dying Seneca, Alte Pinakothek, Munich

72 Homoré Daumier - The Burden, Private collection

76 Edgar Degas - Combing the Hair, National Gallery, Oslo

80 Gustav Klimt - Water Nymphs, Zentralsparkasse der Gemeinde Wien, Vienna

84 Masaccio - The Expulsion from Paradise, Sta Maria del Carmine, Florence

88 Luca Signorelli - The Resurrection of the Flesh, Orvieto Cathedral, Umbria

92 Théodore Géricault - Study of Truncated Limbs, Musée Fabre, Montpellier

96 Philip Guston - Painter’s Table, National Gallery of Art, Washington

100 Rembrandt van Rijn - Lucretia, National Gallery of Art, Washington

104 Vittore Carpaccio - The Apparition of 10,000 Martyrs, Gallerie dell’ Accademia, Venice

108 Gerhard Richter - 1024 Colours, Centre Pompidou, Paris

112 Bernardo Bellotto - The Ruins of the Old Kreuzkirche in Dresden, Kunsthaus, Zürich

116 Nicolas Poussin - Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion, Walker Gallery, Liverpool

120 Juan Sánchez-Cotán - Still Life with Quince, Cabbage ... , San Diego Museum of Art

124 René Magritte - Swift Hope, Kunsthalle, Hamburg

128 Albrecht Altdorfer - Alexander’s Victory, Alte Pinakothek, Munich

132 Giovanni di Paolo - The Beheading of St John the Baptist, Art Institute of Chicago

136 Fernand Léger - Holly Leaf on Red Background, Private collection

140 Winslow Homer - Right and Left, National Gallery of Art, Washington

144 Francisco de Goya - The Dog, Prado, Madrid

148 Paulus Potter - The Wolfhound, Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

152 Camille Pissarro - Place du Théâtre Française, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

156 Caspar David Friedrich - On the Sailing Boat, Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

160 Giovanni Bellini - Madonna with Saints, San Zaccaria, Venice

164 Edward Hopper - Early Sunday Morning, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

168 Henry Fuseli - Silence, Kunsthaus, Zürich

172 Gwen John - Girl in a Blue Dress, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

176 Édouard Vuillard - Interior, Mother and Sister of the Artist, MoMA, New York

180 Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres - Madame Moitessier, National Gallery, Washington

184 James Barry - Jupiter and Juno on Mount Ida, Sheffield City Art Galleries

188 Giotto di Bondone - Inconstancy, Anger, Despair from Vices, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua

192 Pietro Longhi - The Presentation, Louvre, Paris

196 Antonio Pollaiuolo - Apollo and Daphne, National Gallery, London

200 Jackson Pollock - Stenographic Figure, Museum of Modern Art, New York

204 Jeremy Moon - Hoop-La, Tate Gallery, London

208 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - The Bed, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

213 Index

216 Picture Credits

If you want to know why plenty of us thought that Tom was far and away the best art critic of our generation, you should buy and relish Great Works which reprints with handsome reproductions of each image, fifty of his short essays for The Independent… Utterly free of cant, posturing and received ideas, they teem with the kind of insight that only comes from protracted looking and profound lucid thinking. Buy copies for everyone you know who likes art and wants to know how it can be talked about with beautiful sanity and zero guff.

One of Tom Lubbock's nicest habits as an art critic was to observe some quirk in a piece of art and, while distracting you with this magician's cloth and illuminate the whole work. It was a regular trick of the short essays he wrote in his 'Great Works' series: a preparatory manoeuvre priming you for the big picture. Published posthumously as a collection, Great Works deepens a neat journalistic  technique into a profound way of seeing.

An endlessly lively and surprising book.

An outstanding book.

An endlessly lively and surprising book.

If you want to know why plenty of us thought that Tom was far and away the best art critic of our generation, you should buy and relish Great Works which reprints with handsome reproductions of each image, fifty of his short essays for The Independent… Utterly free of cant, posturing and received ideas, they teem with the kind of insight that only comes from protracted looking and profound lucid thinking. Buy copies for everyone you know who likes art and wants to know how it can be talked about with beautiful sanity and zero guff.

One of Tom Lubbock's nicest habits as an art critic was to observe some quirk in a piece of art and, while distracting you with this magician's cloth and illuminate the whole work. It was a regular trick of the short essays he wrote in his 'Great Works' series: a preparatory manoeuvre priming you for the big picture. Published posthumously as a collection, Great Works deepens a neat journalistic   technique into a profound way of seeing.