Hercules Segers - Painter Etcher: A Catalogue Raisonne par Hercules Segers

Hercules Segers - Painter Etcher: A Catalogue Raisonne par Hercules Segers

Titre de livre: Hercules Segers - Painter Etcher: A Catalogue Raisonne

Auteur: Hercules Segers

ISBN: 9462083460

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"[Segers] painted landscapes in a state of bliss."--Werner Herzog
Hercules Segers (sometimes spelled Seghers) may be art history's greatest unknown artist. Active in early 17th-century Holland just before Rembrandt, he created otherworldly landscapes of astonishing originality which today are viewed as radical anticipations of modernism. Using an array of innovative techniques that still puzzle scholars (including his famous sugar lift etching method), Segers created extraordinarily resonant, melancholic landscapes characterized by luscious, soft lines, that resemble nothing by his contemporaries and little that has followed since.
Segers rejected the notion that prints from a single plate should be identical, instead freely deploying varied color schemes, then adding lines or cutting down the plate and sometimes printing on cloth. Consequently, each print became a unique miniature painting. Poets and artists down through the ages have been fascinated by Segers' poetical art; he strongly influenced Rembrandt, who owned at least eight of his paintings (and one of his printing plates), and more recently, the director Werner Herzog helped revive Segers' name by featuring his prints in his piece for the 2012 Whitney Biennial.
Accompanying a major exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, this revelatory two-volume catalogue raisonne (one volume comprised of plates and the other of critical texts) is the most substantial work on the artist ever published, and the first in English since 1978. Beautifully designed by Irma Boom, it contains detailed descriptions of all 18 known paintings and all 184 etchings in full color, most of them at actual size.

Review
The exhibition emphasizes Segers's restless technical experimentation, such as the way he played with different colored inks deployed on different colored papers, then painted over the results with washes and oils...The larger mystery of this visually challenging and immensely rewarding exhibition is why this wonderful artist isn't familiar to us all.--Christopher Benfey "The New York Review of Books "

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Deze tweedelige oeuvrecatalogus biedt een compleetoverzicht van de etsen en schilderijen van Hercules Segers (1589/90-1633/40), een van de meest mysterieuze en experimentele kunstenaars uit de Gouden Eeuw. Zijn berglandschappen en vergezichten getuigen van een grenzeloze verbeeldingskracht. Als prentmaker was Segers een pionier. Hij ontwikkelde geheel eigen etstechnieken en drukte zijn prenten af met olieverf op kleurige ondergronden van linnen en katoen. Hercules Segers heeft door de eeuwen heen vele kunstenaars geïnspireerd. Rembrandt bezat maar liefst acht schilderijen van zijn hand.

De tweedelige catalogus bevat gedetailleerde beschrijvingen van alle bekende schilderijen (18) en van alle afdrukken van zijn etsen (184). In het platendeel zijn deze werken in kleur gereproduceerd, het merendeel op ware grootte. Het eveneens rijk geïllustreerde tekstdeel bevat een biografie en essays over de verschillende aspecten van Segers' kunst, gevolgd door iepgravende beschrijvingen van alle prenten en schilderijen. De bijdragen zijn geschreven door specialisten in verschillende disciplines en gebaseerd op nieuw historisch, kunsthistorisch en technisch onderzoek. Het onder auspiciën van het Rijksmuseum verrichte onderzoek heeft behalve nieuwe toeschrijvingen een schat aan gegevens opgeleverd over het leven en werk van deze wonderbaarlijke en fascinerende kunstenaar.

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This two-volume catalogue raisonné provides a complete overview of the etchings and paintings by Hercules Segers (1589/90-1633/40), one of the most mysterious and experimental artists of the Dutch Golden Age. His mountain landscapes and vistas bear witness to an unbounded imagination. Segers was a pioneering etcher, who developed wholly individual, arcane techniques for his colourful etchings. Poets and artists down through the ages have been inspired by his poetic and melancholic paintings and prints. Rembrandt owned no fewer than eight of his paintings.

This two-volume catalogue raisonné contains detailed descriptions of all known paintings (18) and all of the prints of his etchings (184). The plate volume presents all of Segers' known works, reproduced in full colour, most of them in actual size. The richly illustrated text volume contains a biography and essays on various aspects of Segers' art, followed by in-depth descriptions of all prints and paintings. The contributions are written by specialists in different disciplines and based on new historical, art historical and technical research. The research, conducted under the auspices of the Rijksmuseum,
provides not only new attributions, but also a wealth of information about the life and work of this wonderful and fascinating artist.


Hercules Segers (1589/90-c. 1640) was one of the most unusual artists of the Dutch Golden Age. Born into a Flemish immigrant family in Haarlem, Segers also lived in Leiden, Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, where he died.