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In this gorgeously illustrated book, join Betty Churcher on a personal tour of her most beloved works, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Vel zquez, Courbet, Vermeer and Cezanne.
A trained artist, Betty's sketches reveal the secrets within the artworks and the processes of their creation.
With the gift for making art accessible that characterised her popular television series, she gently leads your eye to these paintings' intimate details, describing their kinship with other masterpieces and their place in the history of art.
Betty Churcher's deeply held belief that art has the power to transport the viewer to another place and time is evident in this delightful book. Here, there is no doubting the magic of great art.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 210 x 20mm | 557.92g
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Over 50 colour photos and over 50 b/w illustrations
  • 0522858422
  • 9780522858426
  • 91,939

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"Churcher writes with clarity and humility as she leads the reader to discover intimate details of the paintings and experience their exquisite beauty." --"Ballarat Courier" (April 21, 2011) ""Notebooks" is a rewarding memoir: a careful calibration of beautifully reproduced art works . . . few are equipped to provide such distilled observations." --"Weekend Australian "(April 23, 2011) "A beautifully produced memoir with her own drawings and notes beside the originals." --"Illawara Mercury "(April 30, 2011) "It will . . . give you a new perspective on so many aspects of a painting. It is also a beautiful read." --"Sunday Canberra Times" (April 10, 2011)
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About Betty Churcher

Betty Churcher is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, London, and holds an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She was Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 1987 to 1990 and Director of the National Gallery of Australia from 1990 to 1997. The author of several acclaimed books, including The Art of War, Understanding Art and Molvig- The Lost Antipodean, Betty has also been an art critic for the Australian and wrote and presented several television series on art, including Take Five and Hidden Treasures. She holds an Order of Australia and is an Officer of the Order of Australia.
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42 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
5 38% (16)
4 50% (21)
3 10% (4)
2 2% (1)
1 0% (0)
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