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Author: Al Gury
Pages: 160
Photographs: N/a

There are two great traditions in Western painting: theclassical tradition, which is characterised by multi-layered andglazed surfaces and highly rendered realism and the alla prima - ordirect - painting tradition, which is characterised by bold,expressive brushwork and a painterly, atmospheric surface. AllaPrima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting is apractical and comprehensive guide to direct painting, particularlyas it is expressed though the work of the author?s mentor, ArthurDeCosta, the legendary master teacher who taught at thePennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for more than 20 years. The bookbegins with the history of the education in direct methods in bothEurope and America. From there, detailed step-by-step lessons showhow direct painting is begun, developed and finished, includinginvaluable discussions on drawing structure, broken and smoothbrushwork and colour development. Further lessons on colour mixing,palettes and materials, brush technique, drawing and paintlayering, portraiture, still life, figure and landscape paintingare provided, all through illustrated steps, analysis andhistorical information. Throughout, the book features the work ofthe European masters of the direct approach, from the old masters(Rubens, Rembrandt, Velazquez) and the late 19th and early 20thcentury masters (Degas, Renoir, Manet, Monet, Matisse, Cezanne) tothe American Prime masters (Sargent, Whistler, Henri, Eakins,Bellows) who spawned such vibrant late 20th century painters asAlice Noel, Wayne Thichaud and Jim Dinc.

ISBN13: 9780823098347
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