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ISBN: 9781906690021
Benedict Rubbra
Benedict Rubbra
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“The rhythms of nature, the cyclical processes that link genesis, decay and regeneration, the patterns and harmonies to be found within natural and man-made forms – these are the essential concerns that underlie all Benedict Rubbra’s work. Not only his ruminative mind but each of his senses is engaged in the act of creation. Touch and taste and sound and smell infiltrate every aspect of his art, evoking a sympathetic sensory response from the viewer. Music seems to emanate from his paintings. Rubbra has found a unique way of combining multi-stranded experiences within a single image, and it is this that gives his work its complex originality.”

So writes Jenny Pery of her subject in her enthralling study of the life and work of the artist Benedict Rubbra. This superbly produced biographical study contains over 150 works by the artist accompanied by a compelling and illuminating text.

The book traces the artist’s life from boyhood, (his parents were both musicians; his father the composer, Edmund Rubbra), growing up in England and in Italy. This potent mix of artistic temperament and rich environment provided a background from which the young artist emerged, entering The Slade in 1956. Pery provides a fascinating insight into the development of the professional artist and his work, from his celebrated portraiture to his precisely constructed paintings taken from nature.

While the principal purpose of the book is to reflect on the life and work of a single artist, the reader is brought to an greater appreciation of the influences, inspirations and leitmotiv that inform the world of painting and painters.

Jenny Pery was born in Calcutta and read Modem Languages (Russian and French) at Oxford, later taking degrees in Fine Art in London and Exeter. She writes on art for various journals, and is the author of many monographs on painters, including Solomon J Solomon, Claude Rogers, John Dodgson, Caziel, Edward Piper, Robert Organ, Alan Cotton, Anthony Eyton and Tristram Hillier.

Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 02 1, hardback, 260x270mm, 144 pages.

REVIEWS: Western Morning News, Art Book Review.

Web Price: £34.99
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