A leading cultural figure of his generation, painter Sir William Coldstream (1908–1987) lived life among the cream of Britain’s mid-twentieth-century artistic elite, including Sir Kenneth Clark and W.H. Auden. His own artistic vision grew from a singular blend of precise measurement and experimentation. As Principal at the prestigious Slade art school, and through his often-reforming role in various major arts bodies, he influenced generations of artists. Strange, then, that he has remained woefully under-appreciated for many decades.
This volume aims to redress that oversight. Its detailed, beautifully illustrated catalogue raisonné, authorised by the William Coldstream Estate, offers up the artist’s entire oeuvre of oil paintings, including lost and previously unknown works. The inclusion of an extended biographical essay, along with penetrating personal responses to his life and work written by a selection of artists, means that William Coldstream will appeal to the curator, art student and generalist alike.
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