A richly illustrated biography of a fascinating artist.
David Milne (1882-1953) experienced life as an artist in turn-of-the-century New York, as a soldier in World War I, and as a contemporary of the Group of Seven in Canada. This book traces the gifted painter's development over the course of tumultuous personal and historical events.
Milne enjoyed early success, and five of his works were exhibited at the landmark Armory Show of 1913 in New York, alongside paintings by Monet, Duchamp, Matisse and Van Gogh. He was, according to America's foremost art critic, Clement Greenberg, among the three greatest artists of their generation in North America. His highly original paintings from his early career earned him critical acclaim, and at age 65 he was still considered, by curators and other artists, as Canada's most innovative artist.
David Milne: An Introduction to His Life and Art is a richly illustrated book that elegantly captures the development of an artist who saw magic in everyday life and painted with verve and passion.
David Silcox is an art historian and cultural administrator who has held cultural portfolios at all levels of government. Silcox wrote the definitive biography, Painting Place: The Life and Work of David B. Milne, as well as other noteworthy books on art, including The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson.
The art work alone makes this a notable book... a valuable acquisition for the individual art enthusiast and for art history collections.
An ideal way to get to know this fascinating individual. Richly illustrated by Milne's unforgettable paintings... essential for art enthusiasts of any age.
At 64 pages, this modest but well designed paperback provides concise, straightforward information about the artist, his life, and to a lesser degree, the subjects and techniques of his work. The 40 illustrations are beautifully reproduced and are well laid out on each page with sufficient white space around them so that we may fully appreciate Milne's refined composition and palette. Brush strokes and the grain of the paper of the paintings are apparent; almost as though you are looking at the paintings themselves. Also included are 10 black and white photographs of the artist... The author, David Silcox, has completed several books about Milne and has done a handsome job of distilling his knowledge and appreciation for the artistic genius of Milne into an introductory format suitable for secondary school and adult collections.... Highly recommended.
Noted for his intelligence and inventiveness, Milne painted with both an abstract quality and immediacy.