Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and Civilisation

Hardcover | November 8, 2016

byJames Stourton

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Sunday Times Art Book of the YearThe astonishing life of Kenneth Clark - the greatest British art historian of his time. As writer and presenter of the TV series Civilisation he was responsible for the greatest syntheses of art, music, literature and thought ever made - 'a contribution to civilisation itself'.

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Sunday Times Art Book of the YearThe astonishing life of Kenneth Clark - the greatest British art historian of his time. As writer and presenter of the TV series Civilisation he was responsible for the greatest syntheses of art, music, literature and thought ever made - 'a contribution to civilisation itself'.

James Stourton graduated from Cambridge Art History Faculty in 1979 and joined Sotheby's Old Master paintings department. Over the next thirty years he organised many famous sales and became Chairman of Sotheby's UK in 2007.Alongside his Sotheby's career James developed an academic interest in Patronage and Collecting, publishing many ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pagesPublished:November 8, 2016Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:000749341X

ISBN - 13:9780007493418

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'Stourton's superb account of his life is a masterful survey of Clark's varied career' Michael Prodger, Books of the Year, Sunday Times'Richly detailed, colourful and astute and it moves at a cracking pace . a resplendent biography' Sunday Times'Superb . Stourton, a former chariman of Southeby's, is the ideal choice for Clark's official biographer and has produced an accomplished book that is scholarly, entertaining, beautifully written and sympathetic, while far from uncritical' The Times'Stourton has written a matchless biography. His evocation of his subtle, cool and brilliant subject gives an inspiring and even heroic sense of Clark.The book is a joyous read, with a dashing, stylish pace that disguises formidable but unpretentious erudition' Richard Davenport-Hines, The Oldie'Stourton . has done this brilliantly, not only exploring [Clark's] gifts as author, lecturer, film-maker and champion of British art but also as public figure . this assiduous and accomplished biography will bring about a second Great Clark Boom' Spectator'Astutely analyses Clark's emotional and intellectual contradictions' Observer'Delightfully readable and authoritative' Economist'Stourton writes with a blend of passion and coolness perfectly suited to his subject and produces a picture that should satisfy the most pernickety critic' James Naughtie, Mail on Sunday'A lithe, elegant, astute celebration', Richard Davenport-Hines, New Statesman'An elegant and perceptive portrayal of the ultimate arts grandee', Michael Prodger, New Statesman'Outstanding . Stourton's great achievement is to make a unity of Clark's career . this exemplary biography combines Clark's strengths of clarity and concision with the quality he so painfully lacked, warmth' Country Life