Richard Parkes Bonington

The Complete Paintings

Patrick Noon

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February 17, 2009
472 pages, 330 x 246
60 b/w + 380 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300134216
Cloth

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Only twenty-five at the time of his death in 1828, young Richard Parkes Bonington nevertheless was a seminal figure in the development of modernism in nineteenth-century French painting. This catalogue raisonné of his oil and watercolor paintings represents the first attempt to establish and present the artist’s complete known oeuvre. Drawing on 25 years of research, Patrick Noon catalogues, analyzes, and reproduces 400 artworks now indisputably attributed to Bonington. Many of these paintings have never before been published.

 

The book sets Bonington’s achievement in the context of the intellectual, social, and artistic ferment of high romanticism in Paris and London, and it shows the profound effect of his style on his friend and contemporary, Eugène Delacroix, and many others. Noon’s detailed and accurate study will inform all future discourse on Bonington and his remarkable legacy.

Patrick Noon is Patrick and Aimee Butler Chair of Paintings and Modern Sculpture, Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

“… During [Bonington’s] short life he was immensely productive, successful and influential. He has now been given the accolade of one of Yale’s magnificent catalogue raisonnés … The reproductions are on the whole superb; the text by Patrick Noon … is a first-class exercise in erudition and perception; and (not least) this handsome volume is strongly bound and will survive many years of handling and perusal … I can’t think of any other English painter who possessed such effortless versatility to the same degree, and this Yale volume brings [this] out … with immense force.” - Paul Johnson, Literary Review

Selected by Robert Messenger as one of the Best Art & Illustrated Books of 2009 for the Barnes & Noble Review

Chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 by Choice Magazine

Chosen as a finalist in the 2010 Minnesota Book Awards General Nonfiction category
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