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This has been called “the most beautiful book on an artist” by a

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."

192 Pages, 11 x 11 in. - 28 x 28 cm
ISBN-10: 1851498052 / ISBN-13: 978-1851498055
A Project from Lahr & Partners, LLC - Published by ACC Art Books Ltd
Design: Michael J. Walsh
© 2015 Joseph Raffael / Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Inc. / ACC Art Books Ltd. World copyright reserved