Miniatures from the Time of Marie Antoinette in the Tansey Collection
Drawing on very extensive Tansey Collection, this volume discusses and reproduces in actual size, over 165 miniatures from the reign of Louis XVI, with examples from across Europe. The period saw important changes in the genre: thin sheets of ivory became the main support material, offering the painter greater scope for expression, and the miniatures of this period are more emotionally charged and expressive of the sitters’ character.
Sculptures and Environments
Born in Israel in 1932, Kadishman has received international acclaim for his sculptures, which have been installed in public places, museums and private collections around the world. Twenty of his most important works are reproduced and discussed in this volume, which traces his development from geometric minimalist pieces in the 1960s to an engagement with nature in the 1970s and concern with existential issues since the 1980s.
El Greco to Goya
Velazquez’ portrait of the ageing Philip IV, the king he had served for over three decades, and Goya’s remarkable portrayal of the Duke of Wellington showing the stress of battle shortly after Salamanca are among the 38 paintings reproduced, with commentaries, in this short history and celebration of the Spanish paintings in the National Gallery’s collections.
The World That Wasn't There
Pre-Columbian Art in the Ligabue Collection
Published to accompany a 2015–16 exhibition at the Archaeological Museum in Florence, this catalogue reproduces over 200 artefacts from Latin America that were brought to Europe from the early 16th century. The objects include Olmec anthropomorphic figures from c.1000 BCE, Mayan ceramic plates produced around 600–800 CE and a Huari pendant from c.900 CE.
Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (1733–1794)
A Very English Swiss
A versatile painter, whose works included topography, book illustration and social satire, Grimm moved to England at 35 and travelled extensively throughout the country, often showing scenes and sites that had been unrecorded. Over two centuries later, his art offers an insight into the pre-industrialized land, and the 92 images reproduced in this catalogue, which also contains a comprehensive account of his career, include Georgian Bath, a military camp in Hyde Park and depictions of rural life.
The Narrative Figuration
Similar to Pop art in its criticism of consumer society and rejection of abstraction, Narrative Figuration emerged in Europe and the United States in the 1960s. This catalogue of an exhibition held in Paris in 2008 contains introductory essays assessing the movement, and hundreds of images by artists such as Jacques Monory, Peter Klasen, Jan Voos and Eduardo Arroyo, accompanied by concise notes on their work.
Sculptures from the Farnese Collection
Luigi Spina spent ten years at the Archaeological Museum of Naples, viewing and photographing its classical marble sculptures in privacy and in different locations and light. The result is a collection of intimate and detailed black and white photographs that emphasize the sculptures’ curves or focus on particular features in order to humanize the mythical figures.
Wild and Mysterious Spirits from the Pierluigi Peroni Collection
Pierluigi Peroni presents over 100 small African anthropomorphic bronzes made by the Kulango people of the Ivory Coast. Selected from her personal collection to represent the diversity of the artform, they include pendants, amulets and ceremonial objects, all under 10cm high. Detailed text by Alain-Michel Boyer offers analysis of the objects and their cultural significance. Text in English and French.
Indian Contemporary Art
Contemporary, One Word, Several Words
While the establishment of the Bharat Bhavan museum in Madhya Pradesh in 1982 gave equal status to contemporary Indian artists from minority and dominant cultures, figures such as Jangarh Singh Shyam and Jivya Soma Mashe are still relatively unknown internationally. Offering brief profiles of them and 22 other tribal and folk artists, and illustrated with hundreds of their drawings and paintings, this volume celebrates the richness of India’s art.
In the Atelier
An Artistic Collaboration 1978–2018
In recognition of their 40-year collaboration (beginning in 1978), the engraver Érik Desmazières and his printmaker René Tazé present a series of the former’s etchings of Tazé’s workshop. Around 30 images are reproduced, including preparatory sketches as well as finished prints, with an introductory text by Desmazières and a critical response by art historian Alain Madeleine-Perdrillat placing the images in their artistic context. Text in English and French.
Friedrich Nietzsche and the Artists of the New Weimar
In the early 1900s Nietzsche was a figurehead for many avantgarde artists, whose work helped create the enduring image of him as the prophet of modernity. With reproductions of 29 drawings and sculptures, including portraits by Edvard Munch and the bronze bust designed by Max Klinger for the Nietzsche Archive, this catalogue was published to accompany an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in 2019.
Since 1996 Fernando Costa (b. 1971) has been repurposing scrap metal from old road signs to create his sculptural pieces. This well-illustrated text, in English and French, offers a brief account of his childhood and working methods, and tells the stories behind some of his images, including his version of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road and Guernica, and a work memorializing the terrorist attack in rue Copernic in 1980.
The Extended Moment
Fifty Years of Collecting Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada’s collection of photographs was established 50 years ago and represents the medium’s aesthetic, historical and technical range. Almost 200 images of artistic expression, portraiture and photojournalism are reproduced in this catalogue, which was published to accompany a 2019 exhibition.
Now living in the United States, award-winning painter Carlos Luna (b. 1969) continues to produce work that reflects his Cuban heritage and time spent in Mexico. This first monograph on the artist, with hundreds of reproductions of his images, explores his influences and use of word play and symbols, particularly the rooster, to convey his political beliefs and cultural background. Text in English and French.
The wooden sculptures created by the Baga community of Guinea first became known in the west in the 19th century. Originally comprising intricately carved masks, statues, percussion instruments and other ceremonial items, later works were influenced by colonization and new religions and include busts representing the sea goddess, figures of animals from legends and representations of the villages’ founders.
Portraits of Shakespeare
Three famous portraits, a variety of engravings, paintings and sculptures based on them, and one playwright are the subjects of this study: drawing on the Bodleian Library collections, Katherine Duncan-Jones examines the Stratford bust of William Shakespeare in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Droeshout engraving from the frontispiece of the First Folio, and the Chandos portrait, but she also discusses the author portrait in general and later commemorative portrayals of Shakespeare.
Islamic Art and Architecture
Timeline History of
Richly illustrated with over 800 images, many showing objects from the prestigious Khalili Collection, this overview of Islamic art ranges from the 7th century to the present day and from Spain to China. Following the comprehensive timeline, a foldout map locating the main cultural sites of the Islamic world and a survey of the major dynasties are detailed histories of 14 artforms including calligraphy, with examples of early Hijazi script; pottery; jewellery; and architecture.
Women in the Art World
Originating from an exhibition at the Weiss Gallery in London, Artfully Dressed is an ongoing project that highlights the role of women in the art world and empowers them through portraiture. The 300 sitters in this volume were photographed by Carla van de Puttelaar in a manner reminiscent of Old Masters – naturally lit against a dark background and often sumptuously clothed – and represent a range of cultural backgrounds, nationalities, ages and professions.
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.
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’.
Orchid Print Album
The purchase of a print from a Tokyo bookstore prompted the research and writing of this study of Shotaro Kaga who, with the orchid grower Kenkichi Goto began a pioneering breeding programme in the 1920s. Kaga commissioned watercolourists and woodblock artists to record the plants and the complete set of 83 prints, entitled Rankafu was published in 1946. This volume reproduces these masterpieces of botanical art along with information about the orchids and a further 60 watercolours by Zuigetsu Ikeda.
John White Alexander
An American Artist in the Gilded Age
Although ranked alongside Whistler and Sargent as one of the leading portrait painters of his age, John White Alexander (1856–1915) earned critical acclaim for his figure paintings, which often showed women in evocative poses and flowing dresses. Illustrated with 90 images, this first in-depth biography discusses the artist’s childhood poverty, the influence of his muse Juliette Very, and how he used techniques learned from his contemporaries to create his own style.
Capture the Castle
British Artists and the Castle from Turner to Le Brun
Castles, whether they were ancient forts, medieval centres, or status symbols, played a crucial historical role. This catalogue accompanied a major exhibition of their depiction in British art and includes examples from landscape painters such as JMW Turner, Romantics and the Gothic revival.
Between Clarity and Mystery
Published just before his death in 2011, this first monograph follows Trevor Frankland’s life from his childhood in Middlesborough to his position as President of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2003. Over 100 of his works are reproduced, with early watercolours and abstract images giving way to semi-realistic images and geometric paintings.
The Life and Work of Ivor Abrahams
Eden and Other Suburbs
In a career spanning over 50 years Ivor Abrahams (1935–2015) used a variety of unusual materials to create witty and irreverent sculptures that explored the suburban dream and how nature and manmade objects coalesce. This monograph contains hundreds of images, including his multimedia Parliament of Owl sculptures, which epitomize his ability to tread the border between art and kitsch, an interview with the artist and a biography he compiled himself.
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.
Horses of the Great War
The Story in Art
Full-blown cavalry charges were a feature of the First World War right up to the final months, in spite of the introduction of the machine gun, while horses were also a key part of supply lines. The contemporary illustrations in this volume accompany an extended history of the equestrian war, revealing how they were sourced from around the world and often kept in awful conditions with only rudimentary veterinary care.
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.
An Artist's Journey in a Frozen Wilderness
The artist David Bellamy has long been attracted to the Arctic. He tells the story of his expeditions to northern Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland and Svalbard, while his watercolours capture the grandeur of their mountains, glaciers and icebergs. He sketches wildlife such as Arctic terns, polar bears, seals and walrus, and explains the difficulties of painting in freezing conditions.
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.
Central Saint Martins Foundation
Key Lessons in Art and Design
The art foundation course at Central Saint Martin's College is designed to challenge students to question and analyse, and to experiment and explore through making. The exercises and workshops in this workbook, prepared by the course leaders, cover a range of topics, concepts and media to help creative people discover their voice. The practical tasks are complemented by examples of students’ work and interviews with tutors at the college.
Ten Americans: After Paul Klee
A collaboration between Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern and The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, this in-depth study draws on the two galleries’ important collections to explore Klee’s legacy to 20th-century American art. The book comprises four essays, over 130 reproductions, and profiles of the ten American artists: Adolph Gottlieb, Bradley Walker Tomlin, Mark Tobey, Norman Lewis, Robert Motherwell, William Baziotes, Theodoros Stamos, Jackson Pollock, Gene Davis and Kenneth Nolan.
Turn of the Fire
Ruth Baumgarte (1923–2013) began to explore Africa as an observer in the 1950s and, from 1984, as an artist, making sketches and studies in southern African countries. Her work, remarkable in its exotic colours and observation of landscape, people and social context, was the subject of an exhibition at the Ludwig Museum, Koblenz: this accompanying volume includes essays in German, English and French and reproductions of 85 paintings, watercolours and drawings.
Klimt and Antiquity
In 1907 Gustav Klimt collaborated with Franz Blei, illustrating a new translation of the ancient Greek Dialogues of the Courtesans by Lucian. The 15 erotic drawings made to accompany the Dialogues are at the heart of this catalogue and the exhibition it accompanied in Vienna: a great range of Klimt’s works are shown alongside ancient Greek artefacts, particularly red-figure vases, exploring the artist’s interest in erotic aspects of Greek art through an exceptional collection of paintings and drawings. Sexually explicit
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 essays 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 artists produced portrait drawings, 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.