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I picked this beautiful volume up while in Wales visiting the "book town" of Hay-on-Wye this past Summer. Now, I am normally very particular about which books I buy, whether online or by travelling halfway around the world (or thereabouts) as on this trip. I had a want-list and filled some of it. But this pickup was spontaneous. I had stopped late in the day at the last bookstore we would get to visit before having to get in the car and drive back over the border to the Cotswolds. How did I end
Arthur Rackham’s name may be one you are unfamiliar with but his work have certainly invaded your eyes on many occasions. From “Alice in Wonderland” to “Peter Pan” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the Brothers Grimm; Rackham’s work is charming, whimsical, but also grotesque and fantastical. James Hamilton goes beyond the images to the man himself in “Arthur Rackham: A Life with Illustration”. Mixing powerful writing with suitable praise, Hamilton truly opens up the life of Arthur Rackham. Begi...
For as long as I can remember, I've loved Arthur Rackham's illustrations. To me, he defined the world of faerie, in all its sometimes grotesque, otherworldly beauty.Very interesting book covering Rackham's life, complete with tons of his illustrations and watercolors.An amazing artist.
This is a gorgeous book. It is full of Mr. Rackham's beautiful illustrations and the story of his life. I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it.
This book has to be the most sumptious and thorough work on Rackham yet. Hamilton painstakingly relates the details of Rackham's life, with enlightening glimpses into the artist's youth, as well as the years following success. Hamilton places a great emphasis on the business side of Rackham's career, running through the adjenda of his life interspersed with contemporary reviews of his books and anecdotes of family life. So thorough is the accounting that the author even includes a fascinating ap...
I cannot imagine a more lush and complete chronicle of Rackham's life and art than this book. Hamilton carefully pairs the events of Rackham's life with his artistic developments, so that the narrative reads more like an artistic exploration than a biography - a positive effect in my opinion. At points, the text loops back on itself to re-discuss previous themes, but Hamilton does so in a way which ties the book neatly together rather than seeming repetitive. And then there's the illustrations.
I saw a couple of Arthur Rackham originals at an exhibit in Pennsylvania I traveled especially to see. I was amazed at the delicacy of the lines and the subtle quality of the painting overall. Previously I had only seen his illustrations printed in the poor quality that was available for color prints at the time, or reproductions based on those prints. The quality of the images in this book is far superior to any of those prints, and was clearly taken directly from the originals. The only fault
The world of fairy tales that exists in many of our minds from childhood stories was created to a large degree by Arthur Rackham and subsequent illustrators who have followed his influences. This book is a comprehensive look at Rackham’s life and work. After reading it, I’ve concluded that, in my adult years, I am only a moderate fan. There are certainly some striking and iconic images, but the almost monochrome palette (a conscious choice due to the limitations of colour printing at the time),
Wonderful biography of a great artist. I have loved Arthur Rackham’s illustrations since I could borrow books from the local library as a child nearly fifty years ago. They have not lost their charm or effect all these years later. When I first saw this book in a local used bookstore, I wanted it in my collection. Alas, it was outside my budget. A couple of years ago, while strolling through a Toronto antique market, I found it and another biography of a favourite artist for the same price as th...
As a relative newcomer to Arthur Rackham's art I am in awe! And James Hamilton did a marvelous job detailing the artist's life. Quite enjoyable. Recommended!
I was a tad iffy about this book at first, mainly due to the fact I have seen so many book on Arthur Rackham before I wondered what could possibly be added to the already substantial collection. Turns out I was wrong for whatever doubt I had, if you are going to research this illustrator or just own one book about his work I would recommend only this book. The printing of the book i cannot fault each image is beautifully presented and while I could have taken to some of the images being slightly...
5 stars for the art: This book contains a marvelous collection of Rackham's art. For this alone, the book is worth 5 stars.3 stars for the text: The text is a detailed study of Rackham's life. It was very interesting, but perhaps too detailed for me. For example, frequently there are lists of "well-known" people, and I didn't recognize even one of them. I guess I don't know enough about the art world. :) I still enjoyed the book!
The real delight are all the color illustrations of Rackham's work which will struck a chord with many from their childhood reading. Rackham seems to have lived a quiet life and this biography doesn't give much insight into his emotions. But this may be due to lack of sources.
Despite coming from a different reality with fewer distractions, I could count on one hand artists I have met who worked as hard and. continuously as Rackham. It shows. His sympathy for the underdog and his private way of life are just as unsurprising.
hamilton gives a richly detailed account of the artists life. ultimately i didn't care. i began to view the text as wasting space that could have been used for the illustrations. it is a good way to see a range of rackhams work. many obscure drawings.
Once again, Thanks Patience & Steve.
A very good book on Arthur Rackham's life complete with tons of his illustrations. The expressions on the faces of the animals he has drawn are amazing.
borrowed from Barnsley Library - I probably skim read the second half....
Just a beautiful, interesting book. Initially a library book loan, now a purchase because I can't put it down and dipping into Rackham's world.