Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and Civilisation

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ISBN: 9780007493418
Artist(s): Kenneth Clark
Author(s): James Stourton
Format: hardback
Year published: 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 496
Illustrations: Illustrated


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The definitive biography of Kenneth Clark – the greatest art historian of his time, whose thirteen-part 1969 television series Civilisation established him as a globally admired figure. Drawing on a vast, previously unseen archive, James Stourton reveals the formidable intellect and the private man behind the figure who effortlessly dominated the art world: his privileged upbringing, his time at Oxford and his remarkable early successes.


1 review for Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and Civilisation

  1. Penelope

    Very readable biography. I really felt I knew Kenneth Clark after reading this very thorough and human exploration of a complex and unusual man. A public school upbringing often obscures the true human being that lies within and I thought that James Stourton made an excellent job of revealing the true Kenneth Clark, not always totally likeable but what a fantastic proselytiser of Art for everyone not just the elite. He made a huge difference to the art world.
    On a practical point I really liked the relatively short chapters as much easier to pick up and put down and the author’s style is very accessible. I bought this actually in the bookshop last year and have been raving about it to art minded friends.

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