Georges De La Tour
Now recognized as one of the preeminent figures of French art, the great 17th-century Lorrainese painter was almost completely unknown to historians until early in this century. Even today, La Tour remains an enigmatic figure, making this, the first noteworthy monograph on him in English, an extremely welcome and important book. Thuillier (College de France) contributes a very interesting essay surveying the man and his work, but he also wisely allows La Tour's art to speak for itself. This it most definitely does in the volume's 330 illustrations, many of them full-page enlargements from La Tour's most famous canvases. The paintings reveal a wonderful blend of Italian and Northern influences, resulting in an orderly, calm style distinguished by its muted but luminous palette. An excellent book on the maker of truly unforgettable paintings, this is highly recommended for both general and scholarly collections. [From Library Journal]
Georges De LA Tour and His World
(Philip Conisbee (Editor), Georges Du Mesnil d LA Tour)
This beautiful volume presents a complete overview of the work and world of Georges de La Tour, once nearly forgotten but now considered one of the greatest painters of seventeenth-century France. Drawing on new technical and art historical material, the book explores such topics as La Tour`s development, the replication and dissemination of his work, his place as an artist in Counter Reformation Europe, and the parallels that link his work with that of other European artists.