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Book Reviews of Louis Icart Erotica and Tramp Art: Another Notch, Folk Art from the Heart

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  Louis Icart Erotica is a concise and valuable art book that was written and complied by Bill Holland. Bill Holland is an antique and art dealer who specialized in Icart etchings. After over thirty years in the business he currently sells antiques at a Sunday only market. In this collection his meticulous care, vast knowledge of art history particularly of Icart's and Max Parish's art, and expert placement of Icart imagery makes this a superior Icart collection. This is a true delight and quite a bargain. The book contains two hundred and ninety nine color pages of Icart's etchings. I love the lovely pastel yellows, blues, and pinks in his palette. Along with the imagery is text about the artist's life and interesting cultural tidbits. This book is recommended for history and art buffs, lovers of antiques, and anyone with an appreciation of the female form. This book masters the art of sensuality and it is achieved with no nudity.
    In Tramp Art: Another Notch, Folk Art from the Heart Clifford Wallach documents the art of artists who live on the edge of society. Over 600 color photographs capture the intricate and stunningly detailed picture frames, mirrors, boxes, furniture, and other unusual pieces. This folk art pieces are created from discarded wooden cigar boxes by untrained artists using simple tools and recycled materials. The book is aptly titled One Notch at a Time because this art can often be extremely time consuming to make. After examining the photos, the time and creative spirit of these works is a bold testament to their value.  Wallach expertly shares the history and timeline of the tramp art movement and the artists' lives and work in this collection. The artwork has a naive spirit similar to African art or Native American art. One object used continuously is the cigar box. Its intriguing to see these common objects transformed into otherworldly art objects. Extremely detailed and showing art objects rarely seen this book is paramount to those devoted to folk art, anthropology, and history.
Clifford Wallach says it best," So here I am writing again that in a way tramp art is not tramp art but rather a humble art form made by humble hands from humble materials for all of us to enjoy."

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