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Ron van Dongen: Nudare

Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 2001
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0590050002
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113639



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine hand-bound cloth, with tipped-in plate on cover, no dust jacket as issued. 56 pp. with 32 duotone plates, printed on fine matt paper. Photographs by Ron van Dongen. Introduction by Carolyn Quartermaine. 16 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches. This first edition was limited to 2000 hardbound copies.




From the Introduction by Carolyn Quartermaine: "I think of slender Japanese bowls, porcelain pinched to ultimate thinness, unbearably fragile. The purest shapes, drawn, pushed, picked by the artist's hands, and then isolated, edited down. This elegant poise is remarkably captured in the tulip "Blushing Beauty." The softness frozen in time tricks those who think it may not break into thousands of pieces. The magnolias are carved from thick wax: heavy, scented, floating, laden, and glowing. They are the corsage dressing the light box, invited to the modernist party, pulling you in, innocently tempting you to open the petals, or cup the shape in your hands, stroking the blush colour strained into the form."