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The Art of Beatrix Potter Sketches, Paintings, and Illustrations by Emily Zach
  

The Art of Beatrix Potter Sketches, Paintings, and Illustrations

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A beautifully presented celebration of the art of one of our most famous and well-loved children’s author, this collection shows us the wealth of material she produced and the true extent of the legacy she left behind.

The key to her talent was her close observation of the world around her and this is captured perfectly within this volume providing us with a greater insight into the woman behind the author, farmer and naturalist through her own illustrations. Influenced by the areas she visited throughout her life, her illustrations are ordered geographically from London and the South Coast, to Scotland, Wales and of course The Lake District where she lived independently at Hilltop before happily marrying William Heelis. I have always greatly admired her illustrations and her wonderful children’s stories but had no idea of the immense breadth of her talent as an artist. This collection shows us so much more, from capturing the changing landscapes down to the faithful reproduction of fungi and her interest in mycological studies. It explores not only her love of nature and the many places she grew to love throughout her life but also her contribution to important scientific research which is still being studied and admired today. These combined experiences enhanced and inspired the children’s stories and illustrations she became famous for. Her art tells us so much about her life and it’s absolutely fascinating and a pure delight to read. ~ Shelley Fallows

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The Art of Beatrix Potter Sketches, Paintings, and Illustrations by Emily Zach

Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth, this magnificent collection celebrates the artist behind The Tale of Peter Rabbit and numerous other beloved children's books. Brimming with famous images and rarely seen gems-ranging from character sketches and notebook pages to watercolour landscapes and natural history illustrations-this monograph explores Potter's artistic process and reveals the places that inspired her timeless work. Organised geographically and featuring more than 200 images from the artist's oeuvre, The Art of Beatrix Potter includes illuminating essays by Potter scholar Linda Lear, illustration historian Steven Heller, and children's book illustrator Eleanor Taylor. A definitive volume on one of the world's most influential authors, a woman whose artistry deserves to be fully celebrated.

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Families fond of the delicate watercolors and droll English country stories of Beatrix Potter will find much to enchant in The Art of Beatrix Potter, an elegant assortment of her sketches, paintings and illustrations. Among the delights: Potter's sketch in watercolor of the dramatic swoop of the Newlands Valley, the same parti-colored landscape that little Lucie trots through in The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. --The Wall Street Journal


About the Author

Emily Zach is an author, editor, and image researcher specialising in art history, modern and contemporary art, illustration, design, and pop culture. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Steven Heller is the cochair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design: Designer As Author + Entrepreneur program. He is author or editor for over 170 books on design and illustration and the 2011 Smithsonian National Design Award recipient for 'Design Mind.' He lives in New York City.

Linda Lear is an environmental historian and the prize-winning biographer of Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature, which won the Lakeland Book of the Year award. She is the author of many articles and essays on Beatrix Potter's life and work and a member of the Beatrix Potter Society. Based in Maryland, Lear serves as Senior Fellow at the Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives at Connecticut College.

Eleanor Taylor is a Scottish illustrator and painter living in London. She has illustrated many books for children and since 2010 has had the extraordinary fortune to follow in Beatrix Potter's footsteps through her work with Emma Thompson on The Further Tales and Other Adventures of Peter Rabbit series for Frederick Warne Publishers.

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Book Info

Publication date

8th November 2016

Author

Emily Zach

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Publisher

Chronicle Books

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
The Real World

Art & design styles: c 1900 to c 1960
Individual artists, art monographs
Drawing & drawings

ISBN

9781452151274

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