Into the Undergrowth
Sous-bois (or undergrowth) emerged as a sub-genre of landscape painting in 19th-century French art, typically in the form of a study of tree trunks and the forest floor, or trees with a solitary figure. This exhibition catalogue explores Van Gogh’s contributions through 30 paintings by the artist and his contemporaries and precursors, including Corot, Gauguin and Cézanne. Accompanying essays examine the Barbizon School, Van Gogh’s nature painting and his 1890 canvas, Undergrowth with Two Figures.
Renoir and Friends
Luncheon of the Boating Party
The models for Renoir’s famous painting Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880–1881)were fellow artists, critics, collectors and friends, and this exhibition catalogue takes the picture as a starting point to explore Renoir’s world. The artist’s style and influences are assessed through the work of contemporaries, including Caillebotte, Degas and Manet, and the painting is forensically examined, including X-ray images that reveal hidden details.
Impressionists: Masterpieces of Art
After Michael Robinson’s succinct, illustrated essay tracing the progress of the Impressionist movement from Édouard Manet’s Music in the Tuileries Gardens (1862) to Monet’s Waterlilies (1903), this volume from the Masterpieces of Art series presents 88 full-page reproductions of some of the greatest Impressionist works. In three sections – paintings of modern life, landscape and domesticity – the selection includes Renoir’s The Theatre Box (1874), Degas’ L’Absinthe, and The Sea at L’Estaque (1878) by Cézanne.
This is Cézanne
Rejected repeatedly by the Paris art establishment, even when Impressionist contemporaries were achieving success, Paul Cézanne preferred the solitude of Provence where his experiments in colour and form broke new ground for the next generation of artists. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context
Monet in Giverny
Landscapes of Reflection
With the focus on a select group of twelve paintings, among them Le Bassin des Nymphéas (1904) and Wisteria Number 1 and 2 (1920), this catalogue of an exhibition at Cincinnati Art Museum examines aspects of Monet’s work, including the depiction of water and the sanctuary of Giverny during the First World War, and ends with an article on Monet and his garden written in 1891 by the French art critic Octave Mirbeau.
Monet's Water Lilies
The Agapanthus Triptych
Although Claude Monet intended the three water lily paintings he named Agapanthus to stay together, the panels were bought by three different American galleries in the late 1950s. In 2011, the paintings were reunited and exhibited as a triptych at the Saint Louis Art Museum. This volume, with an essay by the curator Simon Kelly, a technical study, and many details of the panels accompanied the exhibition. 3 page fold-out included.
In this Masterpieces of Art study of the four painters who came to be known as the Scottish Colourists – Samuel Peploe (1871–1935), John Duncan Fergusson (1874–1961), George Leslie Hunter (1877–1931) and Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell (1883–1937) – Susan Grange examines their shared artistic influences, including the Glasgow Boys and continental Post-Impressionism, gives an illustrated introduction to the career of each artist, and presents 88 reproductions, including still life, landscapes, portraits, townscapes and interiors.
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.
The Letters of Paul Cézanne
Misunderstood by his peers but hailed by later generations as the father of modern art, Cézanne has long fascinated artists and art lovers, writers, poets and philosophers. This new annotated translation of his letters provides fresh insight into his views on art, politics, literature and friendship. Illustrated with more than 70 images, this book enriches our knowledge of the artist and the man, who emerges as wittier, wiser, more irascible, more philosophical, and above all, more fully human.
Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
The serene beauty of Monet’s water lily paintings belies the turmoil out of which they were created. King’s sympathetic and insightful account focuses on the period when Monet stopped painting, grief-stricken by the death of his wife and facing the onset of blindness. As the guns roared on the Western Front, his friend Georges Clemenceau, the French premier, encouraged him to take up his brushes again. This book tells the compelling story behind Monet’s most iconic works of art.
Impressionism in Scotland
At the end of the 19th century, the prosperous manufacturers of Glasgow and Edinburgh were among the earliest collectors of Impressionist paintings. This catalogue of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Scotland, featuring more than 150 colour plates, brings together paintings that were once, or are still, in Scottish collections. Major works by Manet, Degas, Renoir, Pissaro, Sisley and Cezanne are juxtaposed with those of Scottish artists such as Guthrie, Lavery and Orchardson who were influenced by them.
Fashion in Impressionist Paris
The Paris of the Impressionists was the fashion capital of the world. How was this reflected in their work? Featuring paintings by Degas, Manet, Monet and Morisot, this captivating book follows in the footsteps of stylish Parisians – at home, in cafés, in the park and on holiday; and it uses vintage photographs and prints to explore the worlds of dressmaking, millinery and the department store, while providing fresh insight into some of the most popular paintings of the 19th century.
Masterpieces of Art
Julian Beecroft's introduction to the great Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) is accompanied by a wonderful selection of his paintings, including striking portraits of himself and Claude Monet in 1865 and many famous depictions of Paris and Parisians, including La Loge (1874), Madame Charpentier and her Children (1878) and The Umbrellas (c.1881–86).