Thursday, April 3, 2008

Saturnino Herrán

Saturnino Herrán

Published by Fondo Editorial de la plastica Mexicana
ISBN 968-6658-09-2

A great book containing Paintings, and sketches as well as unfinished work from the Mexican Painter, around 142 pages with both color and B&W.
I gotta say i was surprised when i flipped through the book, i knew about him but this was like one of those treasure hunt rewards.

His work is mostly figures and the technique in which he describes volume is so good, most of models have a dark outline and the values get lighter as the forms bump towards the viewer, something like a front lighting technique which is used in a very pleasing way.

Here is a sample of one of the drawings on the book.

The book is also big and it makes me feel guilty to open it and do some studies since it may get scratched, the photographs of his work are alright not great and makes it all look veige or dull, havent seen his work on a museum so maybe thats the true nature of it, anyway it has amazing full page reproductions and the book is around 30 cm tall.

I love the book and i can´t remember exactly how much i paid (it wasn´t cheap) at the bookstore in Mexico but i would do it again.

Amazon review with not the actual cover (actual cover posted above)