LOVE CECIL: A Journey with Cecil Beaton


LOVE CECIL: A Journey with Cecil Beaton

LISA IMMORDINO VREELAND    Book Number: 86712    Product format: Hardback

A beautiful big Abrams art book from New York, this photographic gallery pays a glamorous tribute in mostly mono quality shots to the talented photographer Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). It offers an evocative portrait of the talented whirlwind whose vast creative output formed an indelible record of 20th century culture. Using photography, drawings, letters and scrapbooks by Beaton and his contemporaries along with excerpts from his sparkling diaries and other writings, the daughter of Diana Vreeland brings his spirit to life. Beaton was a passionate sightseer in the world having made more than 100,000 photographs spread across several archives, 38 published books to his name, over 80 scrapbooks and 150 diaries. Vreeland identifies his key fascinations and obsessions, a record of the artistic friends who inspired him over his long life and the arts, dance, fashion that moved him. There are stirring encounters with New York and Hollywood, the war photography that elevated him, photographing royalty like Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother, encounters with artists, writers and other photographers. The book is a shimmering vision of high style made up of often-troubled souls struggling to be creative in art and culture long before the Internet existed. Here is David Hockney, Francis Bacon, New Mexico, the Sitwells, photography for American Vogue in the 30s with beautiful couture and flowing gowns, soldiers repairing a truck in 1942, Leslie Caron as Gigi 1957 in a rich red kimono, the difficulties of working with Katherine Hepburn who had to approve his photographs first and the wear, tear and breakdown of New York in the 20s and 30s in a series of street life images. Some of the scrapbook pages have ink drawings emulating Picasso's style and collages of photographs from magazines showing tricks and artifices of the stage from which he could learn. Some of the saddest photographs are of Stephen Tennant 1971 in his dilapidated home of Wilsford Manor, surrounded by toy monkeys, an eccentric recluse. They contrast with the early photographs of Tennant as a Bright Young Thing in elaborate period costumes and promiscuous sexual behaviour. Be daring! 2017 US first edition, 256pp, 10" x 12".
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ISBN 9781419726606
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