Photorealism [Photo-Realism]

Photorealism [Photo-Realism]
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Louis K. Meisel. Foreword by Gregory Battcock. Research and Documentation by Helene Zucker Seeman.

New York. Abradale / Abrams. 1989. First published in 1980. Hardback, dust jacket. 448 pages. 952 illustrations, including 576 in full colour. 340 x 255mm (13 x 10"). 3.3kg. English. Fine; very light surface rubbing to jacket.

A catalogue raisonne of the paintings made by the major exponents of Photo-Realism before 1980. 'The Photo-Realists, creators of the most popular movement in American painting to emerge in the 1970s, portray the bright shiny surface of the American Dream in amazingly realistic paintings... Over 950 of their remarkable paintings are reproduced in this book, virtually the entire output over ten years of the major Photo-Realist painters. The thirteen artists covered in separate chapters of the book are Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Tom Blackwell, Chuck Close, Robert Cottingham, Don Eddy, Richard Estes, Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Ron Kleemann, Richard McLean, John Salt, and Ben Schonzeit. Every painting by each artist made before 1979 is reproduced, with complete information about mediums and technique. Even the sequence in which they were painted is given, where known. Each chapter closes with biographical information, a listing of solo and selected group exhibitions, and a full biography. In his Introduction, Louis K. Meisel describes the techniques of the Photo-Realists and demonstrates convincingly that the Photo-Realists constitute a school of their own. He shows how different artists transfer images from photographic film to canvas, and illustrates with details of paintings how various effects are achieved with traditional brushes or the use of an airbrush.' (from the blurb).