Arts / Art- History / Conversation Pieces  A Survey of the informal group portrait in Europe and America by Mario Praz Mario Praz Methuen & Co 1971: first edition hardcover in dust jacket: approximately 10 by in 11.5 inches tall: 287 pages: 31 plates in full colour; 349 half tone plates.  Synopsis: A presentation and in-depth study of the ' Conversation Piece ', an intimate group portrait in a genre that originated in the Low Countries, found great popularity in 18th century England, and declined with the invention of photography.  The author, Professor Praz, traces its history, shows its close connection with the rise of the middle classes, examines the patterns and themes adopted by the artists, surveys the differing  national styles, and examines the peculiarities of the genre including  portraits of families with deceased members and portraits with a bust. The  illustrations includes more than 350 reproductions of paintings from European and American galleries and private collections.  Contents include:- Definition of a conversation piece.  The family portrait in antiquity.  The group.  The indoor conversation piece.  The conversation round a table.  The family group in an outdoor setting (in front of a porch or balustrade.  In courtyard or open air.  Against a screen of foliage, or with central tree.  With view of country house.  With view of the landscape.  In a boat.)  Portraits of children. The couple.  Sporting and musical conversations, and painters family groups.  Groups in period costume and allegorical portraits.  Mourning pictures and portraits with a bust.  Index .  List of illustrations   Condition: very clean and good overall.  Please note a heavy book, please e-mail for shipping costs. used books
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  • Book Title: Conversation Pieces A Survey of the informal group portrait in Europe and America
  • Author: Mario Praz
  • ISBN: 416079601
  • Publisher: Methuen
  • Year Published: 1971
  • Our Normal Price: £44.00 GBP ($0.00 USD)
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  • Description: Methuen & Co 1971: first edition hardcover in dust jacket: approximately 10 by in 11.5 inches tall: 287 pages: 31 plates in full colour; 349 half tone plates. Synopsis: A presentation and in-depth study of the ' Conversation Piece ', an intimate group portrait in a genre that originated in the Low Countries, found great popularity in 18th century England, and declined with the invention of photography. The author, Professor Praz, traces its history, shows its close connection with the rise of the middle classes, examines the patterns and themes adopted by the artists, surveys the differing national styles, and examines the peculiarities of the genre including portraits of families with deceased members and portraits with a bust. The illustrations includes more than 350 reproductions of paintings from European and American galleries and private collections. Contents include:- Definition of a conversation piece. The family portrait in antiquity. The group. The indoor conversation piece. The conversation round a table. The family group in an outdoor setting (in front of a porch or balustrade. In courtyard or open air. Against a screen of foliage, or with central tree. With view of country house. With view of the landscape. In a boat.) Portraits of children. The couple. Sporting and musical conversations, and painters family groups. Groups in period costume and allegorical portraits. Mourning pictures and portraits with a bust. Index . List of illustrations Condition: very clean and good overall. Please note a heavy book, please e-mail for shipping costs.
  • Condition: Collectable- Very Good
  • Dustcover: Yes
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Type: Used Books

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