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As cryptic as they are compelling, the masterpieces of Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516) remain some of the most enduring enigmas of the art world. Their intricate, allegorical, and often startling content has captivated not only art historians, but also fashion designers, rock stars, writers, and punk rockers, as well as countless modern and contemporary artist successors.
Although rooted in the Old Netherlandish tradition, Bosch developed a highly subjective, richly suggestive style to render both the celestial bliss of heaven and the grotesque tortures of hell, most famously and meticulously excecuted in The Garden of Earthly Delights. Here, as in his other known works, his artistic language combined religious humility with a razor-sharp wit, often playing off pictorial versions of contemporary proverbs or figures of speech.
This book ties together the elusive threads of Bosch's oeuvre to provide a concise introduction to an at once haunting and enthralling pictorial world.

About the series
Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features:
a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
a concise biography
approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
Aussi cryptiques qu'ils sont fascinants, les chefs-d'oeuvre de Jerome Bosch (vers 1450-1516) restent parmi les enigmes les plus persistantes du monde de l'art. Leur contenu complexe, allegorique et souvent saisissant captive toujours non seulement les historiens d'art, mais aussi les createurs de mode, les stars du rock, les ecrivains et les punks, ainsi que d'innombrables artistes modernes et contemporains.
Bien qu'enracine dans la tradition des vieux Pays-Bas, Bosch developpa un style resolument subjectif et richement suggestif pour rendre a la fois la beatitude celeste du paradis et les tortures d'un enfer grotesque, notamment dans son celebrissime Jardin des delices, execute avec tant de meticulosite. Ici, comme dans ses autres oeuvres les plus connues, il combine pieuse humilite et esprit acere pour former un langage artistique unique, ou se jouent des interpretations picturales de proverbes ou d'expression de son epoque.
Ce livre lie ensemble les fils insaisissables de l'oeuvre de Bosch pour etablir une introduction concise a un monde aussi envoutant que captivant.

A propos de la collection
Chaque volume de la Basic Art Series de TASCHEN contient:
une chronologique detaillee de la vie et de l'oeuvre de l'artiste qui rend compte de son importance culturelle et artistique
une biographie concise
une centaine d'illustrations couleur accompagnees de legendes explicatives

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