Scatter the Devils
A leading British painter, John Hoyland (1934–2011) gained early critical acclaim and went on to exhibit at the Serpentine Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts. Concentrating on his later work, and produced in collaboration with the artist, this book reproduces over 100 of his paintings and explores the processes that compelled him to create art to ‘inspire the spirit … liberate and fire the imagination’, and to refute the label of ‘abstract’.
The Art of AE Backus
In a career spanning most of the 20th century Backus produced numerous paintings of Florida that now provide testament to its tropical past, with unspoilt beaches and tidal rivers edged with palms and mangroves, and the dramatic weather conditions it endures. With over 200 illustrations, this biography celebrates his life and art, revealing his talent and the humanitarian spirit that led him to mentor the group of African American artists known as the Highwaymen.
Out of Chaos
Ben Uri: 100 Years in London
Founded in London’s East End in 1915, the Ben Uri Gallery remains one of the only museums in Europe dedicated to Jewish art. Featuring rarely seen work from painters including the pre-Raphaelite Simeon Solomon, Bomberg, Chagall, the ‘Whitechapel Boys’ and modern European artists, this well-illustrated catalogue celebrates the gallery’s centenary exhibition at Somerset House and offers a visual survey of art’s engagement with identity, migration and Jewish cultural heritage.
Now considered a leading artist of the 20th century, David Bomberg (1890–1957) was heavily influenced by cubism and his radical style saw him expelled from the Slade School of Art. Marking the 60th anniversary of his death, and featuring over 100 reproductions of his work, this monograph reassesses his life and career, exploring his engagement with Jewish culture, his work as a graphic artist and his later achievements as a more expressionist portrait and landscape painter.
A Coming of Age
Celebrating 18 Years of Botanical Painting by the Eden Project Florilegium Society
When the Eden Project opened in 2000, it set up the Florilegium Society to encourage the art of botanical painting. This book records its work, and features more than 140 illustrations by 31 artists, each of whom is profiled. The flowers and plants include exotics grown in the project’s biomes, such as the Venus fly trap from North America, and species native to Cornwall, where it is based, including gorse and sea pink.
From Gauguin to Camden Town
An avant-garde British artist of the early 20th century, Robert Bevan (1865–1925) studied in London, Paris and Pont-Aven, where he met Paul Gauguin in the 1890s. After his return to England and a period of painting in the countryside, he became a founding member of the Camden Town Group. This first comprehensive study of Bevan’s life and art is illustrated with the whole range of his work, including the well-known paintings of London’s working horses and cab yards.
Heath Robinson's Commercial Art
A Compendium of His Advertising Work
William Heath Robinson (1872–1944) wanted to be a landscape painter but lack of funds made him turn to comic art in 1906, and eventually drew him into advertising. This definitive study of his commercial art is arranged by theme – from heavy engineering to finance – and presents over 280 illustrations, including some of his finest contraption drawings from promotional booklets such as The Gentle Art of Excavating, An Unconventional History of Hovis and Then and Now for Port of Manchester Warehouses Ltd.
The Art of David Jones
Vision and Memory
Although David Jones (1895–1974) is now acknowledged as a great Modernist poet, his early training and vocation was in art, and throughout his life he combined word and image in work of great originality. Illustrated with 150 reproductions of engravings, drawings, watercolours and inscriptions, this study focuses on the key themes and sources of Jones’s artistic and intellectual inspiration to provide an accessible introduction to a complex artist and an appreciation of his visual language and symbolism.
The Complete Works
There are only 35 known paintings by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), but while limited in numbers, they include works of extraordinary quality, including best-loved masterpieces such as The Milkmaid, The Little Street and Girl with a Pearl Earring. In this large format book, Arthur Wheelock, an authority on northern Baroque art, provides an informative introduction and detailed commentary on all 35 paintings, each with a full-page reproduction and many of them accompanied by related works.
Rembrandt by Rembrandt
Over the course of his life Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–69) painted more than a hundred self-portraits ranging from the good-looking young man sporting a military gorget in 1629, through sketches, paintings and appearances in larger subjects – including a single eye in The Night Watch – up to the old artist, portrayed twice in the months before his death. With reproductions of nearly all the self-portraits and commentary by the art historian Pascal Bonafoux, this volume records Rembrandt’s ‘incomparable undertaking’.
Mothers and Children
Mary Cassatt’s tender images of women and children offer an insight into domesticity and their subjects’ everyday lives, and redefined portraiture as a genre. Introduced by two essays outlining her career and beliefs, the 50 examples collected here range from 1878 to 1914 and reveal the influence of Japanese prints and Renaissance paintings of the Madonna and child as well as Cassatt’s mastery of Impressionism.
Presenting almost 200 paintings and drawings, the exhibition mounted jointly by the National Portrait Gallery, London and Museu Picasso in Barcelona offered an in-depth exploration of Picasso’s creative process as a portraitist and his genius for caricature. This exceptional catalogue reproduces 197 works, with chapters discussing topics including the artist’s shifting styles; differences between his portraits of men and women; his ongoing dialogue with earlier portrait painters; and his motivation in transforming a sitter’s appearance.
O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith
Representing modernism in America and Australia, the artists featured in the 2016–17 Making Modernism exhibition defied convention to depict the complexity of the 20th century in their own way. The accompanying catalogue contains essays focusing on 14 individual works, and how they reflect their creator’s innovative approaches to still life, landscape and identity; a further 51 images; a short biography of each painter; and a timeline tracing their careers.
Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt
Through discussion of 50 portrait drawings by artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, this volume of essays, reproductions and commentaries explores the creative encounter between artist and sitter. Discussing works by artists such as Bernini, Dürer and Holbein, the authors address a number of themes, notably the reasons why portrait drawings are produced, and the impact of developments in drawing on the practice of portraiture over a period of around 250 years. Originally accompanied a National Portrait Gallery exhibition.
From the self-portraits of the 1860s to the several portrayals of Vallier, his gardener at Les Lauves, near Aix-en-Provence in 1905–6, Paul Cézanne painted around 160 portraits and they form an important, yet often neglected aspect of his art. This in-depth study and catalogue accompanied the first exhibition devoted to them, held at the National Portrait Gallery, 2018. Arranged chronologically, and illustrated with over 150 reproductions, the book includes essays, a chronology and information on the artist’s sitters.
Throughout the 1970s Francesco Clemente (b.1952) travelled regularly from Rome to India and created a body of drawings that question Western rationality and capitalism and helped define neo-expressionism. This collection of over 100 of his images focuses predominantly on his depictions of the human body, and the themes of spirituality, sexuality, myths and dreams that would influence his later paintings.
A Grammar of Chinese Rubbings
Ink rubbings of culturally valuable material have been central to Chinese culture since at least the 6th century and can be all that remains of the original work. This first comprehensive study of them in English explores their development, materials and techniques and demonstrates not only their importance to history, art and archaeology but their position as works of art in their own right.
And the Gods of Love
In five scholarly essays, illustrated by more than 150 photographs of sculptures, mosaics, painted vases, statuettes and coins, this volume traces the worship of the deity of love, from her Eastern Mediterranean ancestors to the Greek cults of Aphrodite, and discusses the paradox of the ‘philandering goddess of marriage’, Eros her child, and the female nude in classical art.
At the forefront of the British Pop Art movement in the 1960s, Allen Jones’s fifty-year career has been influential across fashion, graphic design, film and music. This retrospective, which accompanied an exhibition at the Royal Academy, reproduces 83 of his works. Revealing his versatility as a painter and sculptor, it demonstrates his subversive humour, exuberant use of colour and preoccupation with the human form, epitomized in his controversial ‘women as furniture’ pieces.
Lucian Freud's Sketchbooks
Now in the Collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, these previously unpublished images from the sketchbooks of Lucian Freud (1922–2011) were made over the course of his career and enhance our understanding of the work of this major figurative artist. The book presents reproductions of 60 drawings and watercolours, along with an introduction by Sarah Howgate, Senior Curator of the Contemporary Collection, an essay entitled ‘Everything is Autobiographical’ by Martin Gayford, and an illustrated chronology.
The Illuminated Life of Christ
The Gospels and Great Master Paintings
In this ‘missal-like’ devotional book the story of Jesus’ life, ministry, passion and resurrection is told through great works of art, each of which is paired with the Gospel passage that inspired it. The text is taken from the King James Bible; the 60 artists include Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci.
Anarchy and Beauty
William Morris and His Legacy 1860–1960
A firm believer that objects of beauty should be available to everyone, William Morris (1834–96) influenced British socialism, the Arts and Crafts movement and the development of garden cities. In this illustrated book Fiona MacCarthy explores his vision of art’s role in society, from his early career and political thoughts to the publication of his utopian novel News from Nowhere in 1890, and the reflection of his values in the 1951 Festival of Britain.
A Beginner's Guide
From neoclassicism to post-impressionism, this guide outlines the key ideas and principal artists of a century rich with stylistic innovation and controversy. While focusing on developments in France, it also considers important painters working in Germany, America and Britain. Off-mint.