This first-ever overview of Joel Babb s work offers a full complement of his major paintings created over the past several decades and a compelling account of Babb s evolution as an artist by art critic Carl Little. Those who love to experience the world as we know it will be delighted by these works from an American master.
From the contributors:
With his images of Boston, Babb takes his place alongside his contemporaries Richard Estes, Rackstraw Downes, and a handful of others as one of the foremost city painters of his time. His images of the New England landscape also belong in the pantheon of artists that stretches back to the Hudson River School in the nineteenth century. Carl Little
Babb s brushwork is akin to the technique of a great pianist who seemingly pulls the notes from the piano rather than pressing or pushing down on the keys. Christopher Crosman
Babb s finely detailed depictions of Boston, particularly those of the Back Bay extending from the Charles River to the John Hancock building, do for that city what Canaletto did for Venice. Beyond that first thrilling jolt that one is looking at something never seen before, there is the sensation of falling into the canvas with its three dimensional and inexhaustible beauty. Anita Shreve
As the images in this book amply show, Babb is skilled to portray any object, scene, or thing, but I would argue that the one thing he portrays that naturally appeals to all people are scenes of nature. . . . His unique rendering of evocative nature scenes may become his greatest legacy. Bernd Heinrich"
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