A history of pictures: from the cave to the computer screen

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The making of pictures has a history going back perhaps 100,000 years to an African shell used as a paint palette. Two-thirds of it is irrevocably lost, since the earliest images known to us are from about 40,000 years ago. But what a 40,000 years, explored here by David Hockney and Martin Gayford in a brilliantly original book. They privilege no medium, or period, or style, but instead, in 16 chapters, discuss how and why pictures have been made, and insistently link `art' to human skills and human needs. Each chapter addresses an important question: What happens when we try to express reality in two dimensions? Why is the `Mona Lisa' beautiful and why are shadows so rarely found in Chinese, Japanese and Persian painting? Why are optical projections always going to be more beautiful than HD television can ever be? How have the makers of images depicted movement? What makes marks on a flat surface interesting? Energized by two lifetimes of looking at pictures, combined with a great artist's 70-year experience of experimentation as he makes them, this profoundly moving and enlightening volume will be the art book of the decade.

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'What makes some pictures a masterpiece? Who better to explain than our greatest living artist, as he teams up with art critic Martin Gayford to open your eyes to the works of genius he holds dear' --Mail on Sunday

'His sharp and often delightfully slanted take on pictures, explained in clear terms, crisps up perceptions and help readers to look anew.'--Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times

'Wonderful ... Apart from the sumptuous avalanche of reproductions, the book consists of paragraphs in which the two proprietors speak alternately. It's a measure of Hockney's vividness of perception that he can always put a cap on Gayford s knowledge ... fabulous'--Clive James, Guardian

'Will keep any intelligent person amused and intrigued ... [Hockney] asks big questions about the nature of picture-making and the relationship between painters and photography in a way that no other contemporary artist seems to do ... enormously good-humoured and entertaining ... On almost every page, there is an interesting provocation'--Andrew Marr, New Statesman

'I won't read a more interesting book all year ... utterly fascinating' --AN Wilson, The Sunday Times

'Thought-provoking ... like hearing from superbly well-informed and enthusiastic friends, because the format, the superbly chosen illustrations for the entire history of image-making and the design of the book itself make its contents unusually accessible, allowing them still to be argumentative, stimulating, even at times unexpected, and totally engaging' --Marina Vaizey, V&A Magazine

A brilliantly original and illustrated exploration into how and why pictures are made, and the pair share sparkling insights and ideas. Art lovers will go wild. -- Woman & Home

Elegant and often surprising...Hockney flags up a topic and Gayford gives the critical armature: it makes for a refreshing double act. -- Michael Prodger s books of the year, The Sunday Times

A sheer pleasure to read and to look at. -- Alexander McCall Smith s books of the year, New Statesman

A wonderfully intimate insight into a charismatic and candid conversation with one of the art world s greatest living artists. --Irish Arts Review

An eloquent conversational testimony to the vividness of life lived through intelligent looking. You will see Caravaggio and Citizen Kane with fresh eyes--Daily Telegraph

Hockney asks big questions about the nature of picture-making and the relationship between painters and photography in a way that no other contemporary artist seems to do...enormously good-humored and entertaining...on almost every page,
there is an interesting provocation--
Andrew Marr, New Statesman

A magic flight of a book...it's a measure of Hockney's vividness of perception that he can always put a cap on Gayford's knowlegde...fabulous!--Clive James, Guardian

Through the eyes of Hockney and Gayford, we see familiar paintings as though for the very first time. --Mail on Sunday

Fans of David Hockney, not to mention anyone interested generally in the history of painting, will love this coffee table gem. -- Metro

It is the most rivetingly interesting book I read all year. --A.N. Wilson s books of the year, The Tablet

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Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson Ltd, United Kingdom, 2016. Hardback. Condizione: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. The making of pictures has a history going back perhaps 100,000 years to an African shell used as a paint palette. Two-thirds of it is irrevocably lost, since the earliest images known to us are from about 40,000 years ago. But what a 40,000 years, explored here by David Hockney and Martin Gayford in a brilliantly original book. They privilege no medium, or period, or style, but instead, in 16 chapters, discuss how and why pictures have been made, and insistently link `art' to human skills and human needs. Each chapter addresses an important question: What happens when we try to express reality in two dimensions? Why is the `Mona Lisa' beautiful and why are shadows so rarely found in Chinese, Japanese and Persian painting? Why are optical projections always going to be more beautiful than HD television can ever be? How have the makers of images depicted movement? What makes marks on a flat surface interesting? Energized by two lifetimes of looking at pictures, combined with a great artist's 70-year experience of experimentation as he makes them, this profoundly moving and enlightening volume will be the art book of the decade. Codice articolo HUK9780500239490

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Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson Ltd, United Kingdom, 2016. Hardback. Condizione: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. The making of pictures has a history going back perhaps 100,000 years to an African shell used as a paint palette. Two-thirds of it is irrevocably lost, since the earliest images known to us are from about 40,000 years ago. But what a 40,000 years, explored here by David Hockney and Martin Gayford in a brilliantly original book. They privilege no medium, or period, or style, but instead, in 16 chapters, discuss how and why pictures have been made, and insistently link `art' to human skills and human needs. Each chapter addresses an important question: What happens when we try to express reality in two dimensions? Why is the `Mona Lisa' beautiful and why are shadows so rarely found in Chinese, Japanese and Persian painting? Why are optical projections always going to be more beautiful than HD television can ever be? How have the makers of images depicted movement? What makes marks on a flat surface interesting? Energized by two lifetimes of looking at pictures, combined with a great artist's 70-year experience of experimentation as he makes them, this profoundly moving and enlightening volume will be the art book of the decade. Codice articolo HUK9780500239490

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Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2016. Condizione: New. The making of pictures has a history going back perhaps 100,000 years to an African shell used as a paint palette. In this book, each chapter addresses an important question: What happens when we try to express reality in two dimensions? Why is the 'Mona Lisa' beautiful and why are shadows so rarely found in Chinese, Japanese and Persian painting? Num Pages: 360 pages, 325 colour illustrations. BIC Classification: AC; AFC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 230 x 289 x 38. Weight in Grams: 2188. . 2016. Paperback. . . . . Codice articolo V9780500239490

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