Monochrome : Painting in Black and White - the exhibition catalogue from The National Gallery available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Monochrome : Painting in Black and White

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'A delightful and thought-provoking demonstration that .. black and white are beautiful (and grey is too)' - The Spectator

A fascinating book exploring how and why artists from the 15th century to the present have chosen to paint in black, white, and shades of grey

Painting "without colour" has long held a fascination for artists. In this striking and original book, the authors explore how and why artists from the 15th century to the present have chosen to paint in black, white, and shades of grey. Sometimes artists used trompe l'oeil monochromatic effects to represent other media, such as sculpture, prints, or photography; others have consciously limited their palette as a means of re-focusing the viewer's attention, while contemporary artists such as Gerhard Richter and Bridget Riley have often found inspiration in pushing black and white to its limits, and in new directions.

The authors trace the history of this art form, from the symbolism of sacred images in medieval church ritual - epitomised in Netherlandish painting from the 15th century onwards by Hans Memling and Jan van Eyck - to the modern era and the work of artists such as Josef Albers and Ellsworth Kelly.

Details
  • Author: Lelia Packer, former McCrindle Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery, London
  • Hardcover: 272 pages | 160 colour illustrations
  • Date published: November 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1857096149
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.9 cm

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