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    Tom Lubbock(Author) Laura Cumming(Introduction)

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The best of Tom Lubbock, one of Britain's most intelligent, outspoken and revelatory art critics, is collected here for the first time.

There are electrifying insights - using Hitchcock’ s Suspicion to explore the lighting effects in a Zurbará n still life, imagining three short films to tease out the meanings of El Greco’ s Boy Lighting a Candle - and cool judgements - how Vuillard's genius is confined to a single decade, when he worked at home, why Ingres is really ‘ an exciting wierdo’ .

Ranging with passionate perspicacity over eight hundred years of Western art, whether it's Giotto’ s raging vices, Guston’ s ‘ slobbish, squidgy’ pinks, Gericault’ s pile of truncated limbs or Gwen John’ s Girl in a Blue Dress, Tom Lubbock writes with immediacy and authority about the fifty works which most gripped his imagination.

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  • By Brian Reifer on 7 September 2013

    A book for all seasons. I read it in one go but then as an artist and author I'm probably biased. But Tom was good; no he was the best art critic/reviewer it has been my privilege to read. His perception and interpretation is a lesson to us all. Couple this with gentle humour, a gift for finding the right word or phrase to guide you through the magic of so many paintings that, all of us at some time or the other, have stood in front of with unseeing eyes was unique.If you go to look at any of the works covered by tis masterpiece then take the book with you. It really will open your eyes.Tom is irreplaceable

  • By Avid Reader on 31 October 2012

    Reading these collected articles is like being an art gallery with a friend who explains their own particular way of seeing. This then illuminates areas of the paintings that you have never noticed before. From reflecting on the layering of paint in the depiction of a wall to the absence or presence of a bird in a painting, Tom Lubbock both observes and speculates and, in doing so, sharpens the eye and the mind of the reader. These articles are fascinating, easy to read, and involve you in a conversation about art that is not dogmatic or theory driven, yet is grounded in knowledge and close imaginative observation. Highly recommended.

  • By Dr. S. J. Wyatt on 20 October 2011

    I always enjoyed Tom Lubbock's quirky meditations on great paintings when they were published in the Independent. Sometimes there wasn't time to really take them in and I consistently failed to cut them out to read properly later. So to have fifty of the articles between hard covers to dip into as and when is a real treat.

  • By Jane Hamlyn on 20 October 2011

    A fascinating collection of essays by a writer with knowledge & insight. I was always a big fan of Tom Lubbock's articles ...he is sadly missed...so it is especially good to have these compiled in book form. Highly recommended.

  • By Vassilis Maroulis on 24 January 2013

    This is an exemplary introductory book, perfect for the initiation of the young and of the interested layman alike. It combines the virtues of conciseness and accuracy with a spare and elegant prose (journalistic in the best sense of the word) and striking originality, drawing unexpected and very apt analogies from a wide array of disciplines and covering the art of painting over several centuries. Generously printed (on appropriately heavy paper with a satiny sheen, doing justice to the colours of the numerous illustrations) and bound (sewn, not glued), it is a book to give lasting pleasure.

  • By Ken Haiti on 18 April 2012

    Having followed the late Tom Lubbock in "The Indepenent" for many years it was a great sadness to hear of his death. He lives on in this book which contains his thought provoking analyses of these paintings. I don't always agree with him but it is never dull! Would have given 5 stars had the book been a bit larger to show the paintings on one page and the review facing them. I hope they will publish more but take this point into consideration.


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