Chess in Art: 800 Years of Chess

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CHESS IN ART
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Overview

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This is a unique book that presents the relationship between artists and the game of chess. Over 320 pages, the author captures 800 years of this relationship influenced by social, political, industrial and technological advancement. The book includes paintings created by more than 700 artists, with detailed comments on how artists throughout history have perceived the game of kings and queens.

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About the Author:

Peter Herel Raabenstein

Conceptual artist born in Czechia. He has done an enormous amount of work during his career. Some of his latest projects are the Red Blue Dimension exhibition and drawing camps and lectures for handicapped people. This unique book, a collection of paintings where chess is the main theme, is a brilliant example of the connection between the game of kings, art, and history, He was inspired by the symbolism of chess and the evolution of art itself. After many long years of studying and planning, he finally found a way to bring the book to reality.

What will you find in this work?

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Chess has been a very important skill of the human mind, part of many intellectual arguments, and a vital part of social life, for more than 1000 years. It has also mesmerized Peter Herel Raabenstein, who,  around 2003, deeply immersed himself into the story of chess. At the time, he was looking for a gift for his uncle, who shared the same passion for chess, art, and history. He was aiming to buy a special book focused on chess and art. Unfortunately, he found out there was no such book. He decided to create the gift himself. After collecting 12 paintings with a chess theme, he used them to create a calendar. 

Peter’s uncle was amazed by the gift and proposed making a whole book with chess as the main theme. Later, whilst living in Amsterdam and studying at a local art school to master painting skills, Peter kept up his interest in chess. He regularly visited chess museums and cafes. He was persistent in the pursuit of the creation of his own book, all thanks to his dedication and passion for art and chess, and also his uncle’s excitement about the idea. The book was also finished as a result of many coincidences. 

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He shared his idea with a friend he made during a chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee in 2009. Peter’s friend was so passionate about the idea that he immediately wrote a prologue for the book and motivated Peter even more.  Soon after they parted their ways Peter sadly realized that he has not got his friend’s contact details. However, he continued writing and collecting materials remembering his uncle’s and his friend’s supportive words. 

Now, after 10 long years, Peter can offer his collection of chess-themed paintings by more than 700 artists, during a 700 year-long period. Peter hopes to meet his Greek friend again to thank him for the motivation to finish the book. He would also like to thank everyone who supports his art projects and follows his work.

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