The Swagger Portrait
A richly illustrated book all about the swagger portrait
A "swagger" portrait - one with flamboyance and glamour - was designed to impress and overwhelm the viewer. This richly illustrated book which accompanied an exhibition at Tate explores the genre. Author, Wilton explores the way in which the work of foreign portrait painters has influenced the genre, and comes to conclusions about the reason this type of portraiture became obsolete soon after the end of the 19th century. The essays are intelligent and thoughtful looking as much at social changes in the upper echelons of society as at the development of ideas and style.
The book features large, high quality reproductions of 79 paintings, starting with Van Dyck's portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria and concluding with de Laszlo's of Archbishop Davidson. Each painting has a text on the facing page, setting the work in context and giving biographical details of the sitter. Other paintings referred to in the text are illustrated with black and white reproductions in the margin, and at the back a useful biographical section gives brief details of the artists, together with small reproductions of their self-portraits.
An excellent and stimulating read which anyone interested in the history or theory of portraiture would enjoy reading.
- Author: Andrew Wilton
- Paperback: 237 pages | 79 colour plates
- Date published: 1992
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1854371058
- Condition: Used - Very good. Some signs of shelf wear.