Calendar Kruger Stars 1999

ISBN 13: 9781883398354

Kruger Stars 1999

9781883398354: Kruger Stars 1999
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Zdzislaw Beksinski is often considered the finest Polish painter of the latter half of the 20th century. His pieces, displayed in museums throughout Europe, have earned him a large and enthusiastic following. Now his haunting work is available to North American audiences for the first time, in this elegantly designed treasury of more than 50 masterpieces from his most popular period.

Perhaps more than any other contemporary artist, Beksinski has picked up the mantle from Salvador Dali as the most renowned living surrealist and visionary artist. He paints with a palette reminiscent of English master William Turner, but his subject matter evokes the haunted world of Edgar Allen Poe, whose writings inspire Beksinski's work. Beksinski's dreamlike creations range from apocalyptic landscapes with towering buildings and zombie-like figures lurking in ominous shadows, to scenes of ghostly calm with mist-shrouded cathedrals glowing with alien luminescence. They are powerful, sometimes disturbing, but always full of poetic wonder and beauty.

Born in 1929, Beksinski grew up under the shadow of World War II, and his art reflects his fascination with the darker realms of the human psyche, His work is a sharp contrast to the Gothic and Renaissance representations of the Madonna and Christ typical in strongly Roman Catholic Poland. Until Beksinski, Polish secular work was largely documentary. His depictions are thought by many to be the best work his country has produced.

The Fantastic Art of Beksinski contains images of such profound intensity that the reader will return to them again and again. The reproductions are matched with perspectives on Beksinski's work from his contemporaries in awide range of fields. For those who enjoy the works of H.R. Giger, this book is a must.

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