Title: Landscape Into Art
Author: Kenneth Clark, Introduced by Will Gompertz
Publisher: The Folio Society, 2009.
Condition: Hardcover, in slipcase. New and perfect. Quarter-bound in buckram with Modigliani paper sides. Printed with Mountains at L’Estaque, by Paul Cézanne, c.1879.
Set in Perpetua. 208 pages. 156 colour illustrations. Book size: 9¼” x 10¾”.
Kenneth Clark’s classic text takes us through the development of landscape painting, from antiquity to the 19th century, with over 150 colour illustrations.
Following his tenure as the youngest-ever director of the National Gallery, Kenneth Clark was appointed Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford. He achieved renown for his distinctive, elegant delivery, later writing and presenting the landmark BBC television series ‘Civilisation’ in 1969. Landscape into Art gathers together his Oxford lectures on the origins and development of landscape painting.
With his prodigious knowledge and passionate, plain-speaking style, Clark is a superb guide. Though his approach is chronological, his aim was not to set down the history of the art form but to explore our changing relationship with nature and evolving attitudes towards its visual representation – from admiration in ancient Greece and Rome, through aversion and fear in the medieval era, to a renewed ardour in the 19th century. In each themed chapter, he considers the narrative, formal and intellectual factors underlying key developments, such as ‘The Landscape of Symbols’ and the ‘Landscape of Fantasy’.
As Will Gompertz – BBC Arts Editor and one of the world’s leading experts on modern art – writes in his introduction, Clark ‘passionately believed art could be a force for good, that it had a civilising, enriching and mind-altering power’. In his lectures, Clark combined this heartfelt conviction with expert scholarly analysis, adeptly moving from broad conceptual themes to superb commentaries on individual artists such as Turner, Bellini and Constable. This wonderful edition illuminates the text with more colour illustrations than ever before, including celebrated works such as Bruegel’s Winter, The Dark Day and Mondrian’s Composition 10 in Black and White. It also includes the author’s preface from the 1976 edition.