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Silhouettes originated in the 1700ís as an inexpensive alternative to oil paintings.

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Silhouettes originated in the 1700ís and is the modern precursor to the photograph.

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[Biography] [Gallery]

Lived: 17XX - 17XX
Type: Papercuttings, Silhouettes


United Kingdom

Field John Bronzed
Field John Bronzed

John Field was originally John Meirs' apprentice and later his partner for many years. He inherited the business when John Meirs died. It is possible that many of John Meirs' later works were in fact executed by Field!

The bronzing shown here is a feature of John Field's own style (that is, executed under his own name) and was apparently much criticized by John Miers, who felt that it was an unwarranted departure from the true shadow.

Nevertheless, the sheer quality of John Field's work seems to overide such criticism. The bronzing adds a third dimension to the work, and gives us the strange feeling of the subject emerging, as it were, out of a pool of light.

 

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