Beaton Portraits

Beaton Portraits

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Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-80) was one of the most distinguished photographers of the twentieth century. Self-taught, he was for years a major contributor to Vogue in London, Paris and New York. His ability to attune himself to the changing fashions meant he was equally able to capture the Sitwells of the mid-1920s and the Rolling Stones of the mid-1960s, as well as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali in the 1930s and Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s. Beaton's talent was multi-faceted and his fashion photographs, book jacket designs, war reportage, designs for theatre and film, and his diaries, mark him as one of the first international multi-media artists. This sumptuously illustrated book demonstrates his finest strength - his evocative portraits. His portfolio of sitters included Audrey Hepburn, the Royal Family and Greta Garbo. Beaton Portraits celebrates the remarkable life and unique work of a quintessential yet avant-garde Englishman, who was gifted with an abundant and flamboyant sense of more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 150 x 180 x 18mm | 439.98g
  • National Portrait Gallery Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1855145146
  • 9781855145146

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"'There are countless books on Beaton but if you are after just one this comprehensive volume will amply satisfy you.' Modern Painters"show more

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Terence Pepper is Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Sir Roy Strong, writer and historian, was formerly Director of the National Portrait Gallery and of the Victoria & Albert Museum. In both institutions he pioneered the acceptance of photography and inspired the formation of major photographic collections. He was a personal friend of Sir Cecil Beaton. Peter Conrad is Tutor of English at Christ Church College, Oxford. He is the author of many books including Modern Times, Modern Places: Life and Art in the Twentieth Century and is the music critic for the New more

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