Alla Prima by Al Gury
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Alla Prima
By Al Gury

Alla Prima

A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting

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Alla Prima by Al Gury

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"Alla Prima" is a practical and comprehensive guide to direct painting (characterised by bold, expressive brushwork and a painterly, atmospheric surface), particularly as it is expressed though the work of the author's mentor, Arthur DeCosta, the legendary master teacher. The book covers the history of the direct methods in both Europe and America. From there, it covers detailed step-by-step lessons and invaluable discussions on drawing structure, broken and smooth brushwork and colour development. Further lessons on colour mixing, palettes and materials, brush technique, drawing and paint layering, portraiture, still life, figure and landscape painting are provided, all through illustrated steps, analysis and historical information.Throughout, the book features the work of the European masters of the direct approach, from the old masters (Rubens, Rembrandt, Velazquez) and the late 19th and early 20th century masters (Degas, Renoir, Manet, Monet, Matisse, Cezanne) to the American Prime masters (Sargent, Whistler, Henri, Eakins, Bellows) who spawned such vibrant late 20th century painters as Alice Noel, Wayne Thichaud and Jim Dinc.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780823098347
ISBN-10: 0823098346
Format: Hardback
(279mm x 229mm x 20mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Publish Date: 29-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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