The World of Art (The Robert Payne Library Book 10) Pierre Stephen Robert Payne

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Published: October 24th 2014

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The World of Art (The Robert Payne Library Book 10)  by  Pierre Stephen Robert Payne

The World of Art (The Robert Payne Library Book 10) by Pierre Stephen Robert Payne
October 24th 2014 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 605 pages | ISBN: | 7.11 Mb

Very few books try to capture a subject as vast as the world of art, and even fewer succeed. But Robert Payne has succeeded, and in this book he portrays, in vivid, fresh, nontechnical language, the entire history and achievement of the world’sMoreVery few books try to capture a subject as vast as the world of art, and even fewer succeed. But Robert Payne has succeeded, and in this book he por¬trays, in vivid, fresh, nontechnical language, the entire history and achievement of the world’s artists¬ from the original cave-man painters who decorated their homes with ani¬mal paintings to contemporary artists, who fill their canvases with often be¬wildering abstract forms.

Payne ap¬proaches each artistic period and each great artist with sympathetic under¬standing and an appreciation of the values and aesthetic ideals of the time. Through carefully chosen illustrations woven into his text, moreover, he shows exactly what makes a work of art great.WORLD OF ART casts its view over all the types of art: not only the Western tradition, but the contributions of Egypt, Persia, India, China, Japan, and other important cultures as well. Yet the book is more than a mere survey, for Robert Paynes special bril¬liance lies in showing the common spirit and aspiration that have united all the worlds great artists.“The main value of this book is spontaneity.

There is nothing pedantic about it. Although it ranges all over the world art from its earliest beginnings to the present, the author keeps the flow of his account moving at a rapid pace. Its importance is to offer a fast-paced critical reassessment of the history of art in terms of today’s outlook. Mr. Payne relies chiefly on a beautiful use of language, which enables him to telescope the essence of a culture or period into a few well-turned paragraphs. He gives the reader a dynamic reevaluation based on critical judgments and first-hand observations rather than a rehash of conventional academic views.

Nor does the author hesitate to slice across centuries and civilizations to find illuminating parallels. The Sung painter Kuo Hsi’s fondness for observing the movement of water is equated with Leonardo’s- Brueghel the Elder’s ‘feeling for the raw coldness of snow’ will later be shared by Hiroshige.

Likewise a Malrauxian relationship is noted between the cross-legged Maitreya images of Chinese Buddhism and Romanesque sculptures of southwestern France in exactly the same attitude. And the Sumerian ram of hammered gold and lapis-lazuli from Queen Shad-Ad’s tomb ‘could quite conceivably have been made by Fabergé.’“Rather than the pedantic accuracy of an encyclopedia approach, Mr. Payne’s book possesses the rare quality of persuasiveness and enthusiasm, and it will send the reader off to go and look.” —Henry A.

La Farge, Senior Editor, Art NewsRobert Payne (1911-1983) was born in Cornwall, U.K. His father was English, his mother French. He was educated at St. Pauls School in London and at the universities of Liverpool, Capetown in South Africa, Munich and The Sorbonne. During his lifetime he had over a hundred books published on a wide range of subjects, the widest range of any known author.

He was known chiefly for his biographies and history books, among them Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Gandhi, Leonardo, Chaplin, the Christian Centuries, The World of Art. He also wrote novels and poetry. Librarians loved him- critics raved about him. Orville Prescott of The New York Times referred to him as “a literary phenomenon of astounding versatility and industry.”



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