Artist, Craftsman, Pioneer
The wallpaper and fabric designs of William Morris (1834–1896), created in the 19th century, have remained popular into the 21st. This lavishly illustrated volume reveals the breadth of his achievement beyond designing pattern – as poet, painter, typographer, manufacturer and socialist. The authors first trace Morris’s life, then survey the development of his work, from the botanical designs of the 1860s to The Adoration of the Magi (1890), the tapestry made in collaboration with Edward Burne-Jones and John Henry Dearle.
Vincent Van Gogh
‘I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.’ Numerous extracts from Van Gogh’s correspondence with his brother Theo run alongside a broad selection of his works in this highly illustrated volume, revealing much about the artist’s inner life, his hopes, health, travel plans and artistic intentions. While the letters run chronologically, the artwork dances between periods, the combination resulting in a moving visual account of a life lived through letters and art.
Vermeer & The Dutch Masters
In this generously illustrated guide to the Dutch Golden Age of painting, genre works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Steen and many others are fêted for their power to transform the everyday – artisanship, domesticity, intellectual curiosity – into the extraordinary. Covering themes of patronage, trade, meaning and motif, the book shows how a rich array of subject matter, including still life, landscape and domestic interiors, reflects the blossoming of Dutch society in a time of economic prosperity and artistic freedom.
Posters, Illustrations and Fine Art from the Glamorous Fin de Siècle
Lavishly illustrated with around 170 reproductions, this celebration of Art Nouveau is in three parts, looking first at the movement as a whole – a design ethos that swept across Europe and America between the late 19th century and the First World War. Part two deals with the graphic arts, including the posters of Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha, while the final section explores the impact of Art Nouveau in the fine arts, discussing artists from Paul Gauguin to Gustav Klimt.
Masterpieces of Art
The early Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450/55–1516) is renowned for his fantastical, often grotesque images of material and spiritual life. After an overview of what little is known of Bosch's life and a discussion of his work, this volume presents reproductions of all his paintings, triptychs and drawings, and details some of the extraordinary scenes contained within the compositions.
Masterpieces of Art
Rosalind Ormiston describes the tragically short yet prolific career of the Austrian Expressionist artist Egon Schiele (1890–1918) and presents a selection of his work that includes landscapes and still lifes as well as the well-known figurative works such as Seated Woman with Bent Knee (1917) and The Embrace (1917), and some of his many self-portraits.
Origins of Modern Art
Masterworks of Modernism
From Monet and Van Gogh to Kandinsky, Delaunay and Klee, this richly illustrated narrative describes the major artists and artistic groupings that contributed to the emergence of modern art between the mid-19th century and the 1930s in Europe, Russia and America. Especially interesting is its discussion of the places where the art was created and exhibited, and the network of dealers, critics and collectors that form part of the dynamic of modern art.
Art Deco Master of Graphic Art and Illustration
The Russian emigré artist Romain de Tirtoff is best known by the phonetic French rendering of his initials: Erté – and for many, Erté is Art Deco. In the course of his long life he was key to the development of the style in the 1920s, and lived to see its revival in the 1970s. This elegant, sumptuously illustrated volume surveys his life and work, including his jewellery, furnishings, magazine covers for Harper's and his seminal sets for the Ziegfeld Follies.
Masterpieces of Art
From early topographical watercolours to the great masterpieces of expression and light such as The Fighting 'Temeraire' (1839) and Rain, Steam and Speed (1844), this book offers a lucid introduction to the work of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851). Ormiston's illustrated text is followed by around 90 full page reproductions of Turner's paintings, arranged thematically in sections on landscape and light, the sea, and history and mythology.