A major new book on the artist covering the past 17 years of his life and work in the South of France.
Reproducing 88 works in rich color, the book has three illuminating essays:
by Lanie Goodman on the artist's life, by Betsy Dillard Stroud, a dialogue on the artist's work artist-to-artist
and by David Pagel, Art Critic for the L.A. Times, on the philosophy of beauty.
Additionally there are two special editions of the book only available through the Nancy Hoffman Gallery.
Each has a book plate specially designed by the artist.
Extraordinary in scale, infinitesimal in detail, and sumptuous in color, the paintings in watercolor of Joseph Raffael plumb the depths of nature's beauty.
These works of deep reflection, awe, and joy selected for this volume
were created in his home studio and garden in Cap d'Antibes, France, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Raffael's radiant vision of the natural world, including flowers, fish and water, has garnered critical praise throughout his long career.
"Despite their iconic serenity when seen from a distance," wrote art critic Robert Hughes,
"Raffael's paintings disclose a bejeweled profusion of incident close up," concluding that the artist's color-drenched canvases display
"a tender virtuosity without parallel in other American figurative painting today."
Reflections of NatureA thought-provoking text by Donald Kuspit puts Raffael's painting in the context of 20th-century art, psychology, and philosophy.
Amei Wallach's warmly perceptive introduction, inspired by a visit to the artist's studio in the south of France,
explores in this book Raffael's sources, his inspirations, and his ideas about art;
her individual chapter openers address the predominant subjects within the artist's work.
The artist himself has contributed two fascinating elements,
both of which illuminate the pleasures and occasional terrors of the creative process: "Diary of a Painting"
tracing the evolution of one major work over several months, from the original slide to the finished wall-size watercolor
and an informative and revealing "Autobiographical Chronology."
book with 170 illustrations, 150 in full color
A limited number of signed copies of Joseph's book, "Reflections of Nature",
are available from the Nancy Hoffman Gallery .