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The Book
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Published: May 25, 2008
© 2008 - 2019 zancan
Oil painting on canvas 100x81 cm ( 39x32 '' )

This painting was done during the year 2007; it took me a lot of time before I could showcase it. There were scanning issues, but also a certain angst about it.
You will probably not feel comfortable about an image that has this personal a meaning, and that also has a darker mood than the previous ones I painted, almost unhealthy. I also believe that nobody is going to want a print of this! ;) ... that's why I wanted to provide you with a higher resolution file, for the small details and the dedication poured on it to be appreciated.

Some close-ups and additional information can be seen on my website on this page.

Thanks a lot, for watching !
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PeculiarMuse's avatar

I'm guessing you put a piece of your soul in this, didn't you? All creations must require it but some get a bit more than others.

So this is a confession. I've had your painting as a background image for some four years. I don't know if you approve of such things but there it is. Don't remember how I came upon it, just this thought of 'oh, this feels like home'.
I can't tell you how many times I've pulled all my documents down to look at it and imagine myself just being there.

I'd breathe in the calm air, squint in the twilight, brush aside some vines and find out what he's reading today. The slight frown in his face is always about the book of the day. Today it's likely a murder mystery, and he's approaching the end with the great reveal, unable to tear his eyes from the page.

He cannot leave the place, must have been angry about it once. What happened? Great change in his world, and he's the only one left, the last guardian? Or is he exiled, and life continues somewhere close but unreachable? I think these days he's come to peace with it. If you think about it, what more do you need from life but a book and a quiet place to read it?

I’m sorry. I really don’t know anything about painting techniques or composition, and cannot offer worthwhile critique. Just thought you might like to know I love it.

Also, please don’t say I have to take it down. It means very much to me.

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NamelessSaint|Professional Writer
Greetings!  I have a group :iconthe-fanart-society: that has a folder for conceptual arts such as this, and I was wondering if we could host this wonderful work.  May we?  
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Tr1nks1e|Professional General Artist
This image is so intriguing, I can't help but stare at it. It reminds me of the feeling of being depressed, but also of being lost in a book. Melancholy - that is what it is! AMAZING!!!!
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Artwork such as this belongs in The Louvre.  There are just no words to describe the beauty, the surrealism, the strong connection not only to the reader of the book and the book itself, but with the individual viewer and this painting.  Everyone who sees this is connected to the painting, each has a strong emotional or spiritual attachment to this painting.  The words I try to find to express my admiration for this work are just not in me, just beyond my reach or thinking.  This is a powerful thought provoking painting.
Thank you for creating it.
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DeanMarshall's avatar
I adore this :) 
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kst2007's avatar
This is simply a masterpiece. The color is so rich, love everything about this piece.
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Cathelinde|Hobbyist Writer
Actually, I have a little question: Why is this piece of art called "The Book" and not "The Reader"? The artwork is very original and accurately captures the mood of one when reading, but it seems to me that the central focus is the reader and not the book. I am not really an artist, and I really admire this piece of art, but I am a little curious. Will really appreciate if someone clarifies! Thank you.
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OndrejHrdina|Professional Digital Artist
Maybe because it was the book that made the reader stay...for me it's great name
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Beyourselfmert|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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thecoyoteking's avatar
one of the greatest paintings ive ever seen. i cannot wait to have a print in my apartment!
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abuhijleh's avatar

Amazing work, inspiring, and as a painter  and writer i saw plenty of bright thoughts, brought through an intellectual spirit and professional technique!

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novus41's avatar
novus41|Hobbyist General Artist
excellent work
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LaedyRose's avatar
LaedyRose|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful and thought-provoking.
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M0LE|Professional Digital Artist
I respectfully disagree with your own view of the work...  Honestly, I would have gone even darker myself, since some things are dark but still should be shown.  The study on your site with the idea of the blue paint was a neat too, but perhaps for another project...
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Oceanickhan's avatar
Perfect. Simply perfect.
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Taglanis's avatar
This piece is brillant!
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benediktjust's avatar
Beautiful - Wonderful - Thank you for showing your imagination.
Please keep on doing that !
All the best for you,
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Chione-in-the-Snow's avatar
Absolutely lovely
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Storm-Angel-Marais|Student General Artist
amazing , i thought it was digital.. :o
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CelesteGealach's avatar
Can you explain the symbolism of your piece? It seems to have alluded me.
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euphoricanomaly's avatar
This is just unreal talent! Amazing work!
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jadedangel322|Professional Artisan Crafter
I think it is wonderful and would make a beautiful print.
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Edouard-H|Hobbyist Photographer
This is clearly one of the most amazing and inspiring pictures of dA, thank you so much omg.
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