A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Right now we’ve got a big display of art books in our reference room. It’s a display I put up about once every year. They’re not necessarily books we expect to check-out frequently, but it’s fun to see people stop and grab one that catches their eye and then lose the next 10 or 15 minutes flipping through it. This year’s most popular browse seems to be our new oversized Velázquez book. A huge, unweildy volume with absolutely gorgeous full color reproductions.
Though, sometimes the smaller art books will surprise you. My personal favorite on this year’s display is a humble little title devoted to Georges Seurat’s drawings. The smallish, mostly black and white crayon sketches inside are marvels of subtlety, style, and grace that will pull you in almost as quickly as a good thriller. It’s an unputdownable art book.
There are dark, brooding scenes of Parisian cafes and gloomy landscapes, and then there are light, gauzey sketches too, some of them studies for his masterpiece Un Dimanche à la Grande Jatte. They all show beautifully that Seurat’s pointilism was not just a gimmick or stylish trick, but a truly unique way of viewing the world.
Stop by and take a look. Oh yeah, and feel free to actually leave with Georges Seurat: The Drawings. You might want to spend more than just a few minutes with it.
Review by Matthew