Saul Leiter’s prolific career as a photographer spans seventy years. Since the publication of Early Color in 2006, his work has found widespread acclaim, leading to a series of exhibitions throughout Europe and the US, including a 2012 retrospective at Deichtorhallen in Hamburg.
But Leiter was more than a great photographer; he wasand always had beena prolific painter, though this side of his creative life has received far less attention. One strand among his paintings is noticeable: the art of painting over prints of nudes that he himself photographed and printed. Painted Nudes is the first and only book dedicated to this rich and unique part of Leiter’s oeuvre. It features over eighty color reproductions of Leiter’s painted photographsintimate, small-scale pieces that merge Leiter’s two foremost artistic passions and showcase his remarkable sense of color and composition.
This long overdue book sheds light on the vitality and originality of Saul Leiter’s art and his mastery of color.
illustrated in colour throughout
illustrated in colour throughout
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an excellent book on Saul Leiter's painted nudes. Saul's vision is unlike anything I've seen. I highly recommend picking this up if you are looking for more from this great artist.
I'm late to the Saul Leiter Bandwagon, but glad I joined the party! This book is beautiful and represents yet another stunning side of this great artist. The print quality is great and the colors, which is the soul of this book, pop off the page. If I have any gripes at all is that you do have some images that are put across two pages (drives me nuts...memo to art book creators...please..one image per page). I do wish the book was bigger and had more images, but hopefully if this edition is a success, a larger book will be next. Please note that some of these images are highly charged and even with the paint over, you will clearly understand what the model is doing or suggesting she's doing. Saul Leiter was a tremendous artist. After looking at this book, you can't confine him to be described as a great photographer...his skills clearly extend to painting.
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