The Angels of Paul Klee
Throughout his life, Paul Klee created images of angels in several different formats, extending the historical interpretation of them to express a variety of sentiments. Boris Friedewald explores the significance of these representations for Klee, from his colourful lithographs of Angel Brings the Desired to his pastel Doubting Angel, drawn just before he died.
Collecting for a New World
Treasures of the Early Americas
The clashes that occurred when Europeans first encountered the New World’s indigenous population are discussed in the collection of early American treasures in Washington’s Library of Congress. In addition to describing 60 of the items, curator John W Hessler traces their previous ownership to reveal the extent to which private collectors have aided the preservation of human history.
Warfare in Medieval Manuscripts
Drawing on the British Library’s magnificent manuscript collection, Pamela Porter uses the miniature paintings that illustrated chronicles and military manuals such as Konrad Kyeser’s Bellifortis (1459) to explore the medieval art of war; chivalry, knights and their training; arms and armour; armies and battle; castles and siegecraft; and, finally, how the introduction of gunpowder signalled the decline of traditional medieval warfare.
This is a retrospective of the works of US-born painter William MacKendree (b.1948), surveying hundreds of postmodern-inspired pieces and exploring the development of a ‘vocabulary of signs’ within his work since the early 1980s. It includes an introductory essay and an extensive, in-depth interview on MacKendree’s themes and artistic philosophy. In French and English.
The Art Book
Big Ideas Simply Explained
From prehistoric fertility figures and cave paintings through the medieval and renaissance periods and up to the modern sculpture of Louise Bourgeois, this volume presents an overview of the major artistic movements. Illustrated examples of each genre are accompanied by explanations of their place in art history and notes on significant artists. Slightly off-mint. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
With over 100 reproductions this retrospective shows the range of art and the form of realism that Jamie Wyeth (b.1946) has pursued. The text explores the themes and subjects that he has expressed, from his early portraits to recent seascapes; the influence of his artistic heritage and the time he spent with Andy Warhol; and his place in American art.
Words Fail Me
Regularly featured in Private Eye, Teresa Monachino’s playful graphic designs present English words in ways that expose the language’s oddities. Her imaginative use of typography (Gill Sans and Joanna for font watchers) expresses – without commentary – how English can mislead us with quirks of spelling and pronunciation, contradictory proverbs and tautological redundancies.
Collecting the Marvellous
The Surrealist art of four private collections – those of Roland Penrose, Edward James, Gabrielle Keiller and Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch – was brought together for an exhibition mounted jointly by galleries in Edinburgh, Hamburg and Rotterdam. With essays on Surrealism and its collectors, this catalogue presents 158 reproductions, among them, many less familiar paintings by artists such as Mark Rothko and Picasso as well as works by the great Surrealists including Dalí, Duchamp, Magritte, Miró and Ernst.
Rubens and Company
Flemish Drawings from the Scottish National Gallery
Due to their fragility, the prints held by the Scottish National Gallery can only be displayed on rare occasions, and some of those in the Gallery’s 2016 exhibition of Flemish art had never been shown before. Following an introductory essay on the Rubens and van Dyck paintings in the exhibition, this accompanying catalogue reproduces and discusses its 26 prints, many of which are preparatory sketches that offer an insight into studio practice.
Britain's Discovery of the Master
Although Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) lived and worked in the Dutch Republic, his work became famous across Europe, and particularly in Britain during the 18th century, when a huge number of his paintings, drawings and prints entered British collections. Bringing together key works that remain in Britain, this volume tells the story of how Rembrandt’s art inspired British collectors, artists and writers over almost four centuries. The book originally accompanied an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Slightly off-mint.
30-Second Leonardo da Vinci
The 50 Key Aspects of His Works, Life and Legacy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Part of the 30-second series, this book summarizes 50 key ideas in paragraphs of about 300 words (with a picture) contributed by an expert in the field. The concise essays cover topics including his painting, geometry and engineering and are accompanied by ‘3-second biographies’ of significant figures and an extra ‘3-minute’ section that provides further context and insight.
The Theophilus Legend in Medieval Text and Image
In legend, Theophilus loses his position of authority and signs a contract with the Devil to regain it. Repenting, he asks the Virgin to intervene with Christ for forgiveness. He gets his pardon and when the Virgin retrieves the contract for him, Theophilus tells his story to his bishop and congregation. This study explores issues raised by the legend, among them feudal bonds and the Virgin’s powers of intervention, and their representation in text and visual art. No jacket.
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.
Horlitz has become known for creating large-scale mirror and glass installations, photography and light works inspired by scientific processes. This volume opens with his Autoportraits – a series of biometric images that incorporate his DNA – and contains 100 illustrations representing the range of his work, including the Interdependence installation which comprises 800 feet of mirrored glass. Text in English and German.
Eric Bottomley's Transport Gallery
A Journey Across the Canvas
From his studio in Dorset, Eric Bottomley produces remarkably realistic oil and gouache railway art. A broad range of examples of his work are displayed in this volume, including pencil sketches, mixed media and stage-by-stage illustrations. They are and accompanied by Bottomley’s notes on the histories of his subjects and his own trainspotting experiences.
Madam and Eve
Women Portraying Women
Organized into five sections – body, life, death, stories and icons – this volume explores the way in which women portray other women in sculpture, painting and photography. Produced from the 1970s onwards, and accompanied by an introductory essay explaining their position in cultural and artistic history, the 200 works include examples by established artists, such as Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin, as well as those who are less well known.
Young Bomberg and the Old Masters
While known for creating radical, abstract art Bomberg honed his painting skills as a teenager by copying the work of old masters at the National Gallery in London. This well-illustrated catalogue explores the connections between some of his more ambitious works and those of the painters he admired, demonstrating the extent of his engagement with artists including Rembrandt and Michelangelo.
Vermeer and Music
The Art of Love and Leisure
Accompanying a National Gallery exhibition in 2013, this study of the significance of music in Dutch painting looks in particular at five paintings by Vermeer, including The Music Lesson (c.1662–3) on loan from the Royal Collection, and another 20 works by his contemporaries. These works by Vermeer and artists such as Jan Steen, Gabriel Metsu and Pieter de Hooch illustrate the important role of music in 17th-century Dutch art and culture.
The Art of Transgression
From medieval depictions of Adam and Eve's original sin and expulsion from Paradise to William Holman Hunt's Scapegoat (1854–55) taking on the sins of the world, this extended essay reviews how artists have explored the concept of human iniquity. Examples discussed range from sensual depictions of the temptations of the flesh to allegorical warnings against dissolution, such as Hogarth's Marriage A-la-Mode(1743–45).
Michelangelo and Sebastiano
Michelangelo (1475–1564) and Sebastiano del Piombo (1485–1547) first met in Rome in 1511, shortly after Sebastiano’s arrival from his native Venice and as Michelangelo was finishing the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The two artists became close friends and collaborators until they clashed over the painting of The Last Judgement (1541). Comprising essays and commentary on 55 works, this catalogue explores the artistic partnership of two Renaissance masters and their shared preoccupation with depicting death and resurrection.
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.
Drawn in Colour
Degas from the Burrell Collection
One of the great British industrialist art collectors, Sir William Burrell (1861–1958) had a particular passion for the work of the French Impressionist Edgar Degas. This catalogue, with its essays on Degas and Burrell, and commentary on over 30 works, accompanied an exhibition in 2017, on the centenary of Degas’ death. Reflecting the artists’ preoccupations with dancers and horse-racing, the works reproduced include the famous The Rehearsal and Jockeys in the Rain.
A Closer Look
In celestial choirs, bearing souls up to heaven, with wings or without, as God’s messengers or warriors in armour: however they appear, angels are easily recognizable, their images familiar from centuries of Christian art. Erika Langmuir takes ‘a closer look’ at the various roles of angels, archangels and guardians depicted in paintings from the National Gallery collection, and traces the history of angels in the Christian tradition.
George Bellows and the Ashcan Painters
Inspired by Robert Henri’s insistence that artists should ‘make pictures from life’, the Ashcan group rejected Impressionism and academic realism in favour of a bold style that expressed the harsh reality of America’s urban poor in the early 1900s. Giving particular attention to twelve of George Bellows’ images, this introduction explores his work in the context of the wider movement.
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.
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.
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.
Scratch and Draw: Enchanted Animals
Each of the 20 line drawings in this title is followed by a detachable page with a special coating in which budding artists can scratch their own version, using the enclosed stylus. While there is scope to personalize the final piece or create a unique work, the suggested images include woodland flora and fauna and a unicorn.
The Portrait Sketchbook
Learn the Art of Drawing from the Masters
This workbook intersperses inspirational sketches by master artists with lined, blank and graph paper pages for personal work. An appendix discusses drawing technique, choice of media and approaches to proportion, perspective and anatomy, and the 20 featured artists range from Dürer and Ingres to Lucien Freud and Augustus John.
Soviet Women and their Art
The Spirit of Equality
Immediately following the Russian Revolution in 1917, Bolshevik legislation emancipated women, giving them unprecedented freedoms. In this volume, five art critics and historians examine the response of women artists to these momentous changes, exploring changing ideals of feminine beauty and the role of women in Soviet society. The illustrated essays are followed by a gallery of works by twelve painters and sculptors, with introductions to the life and work of each artist.
The Helmet Heads
Henry Moore's helmet sculptures were inspired by visits to the medieval armour section of the Wallace Collection where he first made sketches in the mid 1930s. This exploration of this aspect of his work was published to accompany the 2019 exhibition at the museum and includes working models, drawings and finished sculptures by Moore as well as essays on his connection to the Wallace Collection and the helmet theme throughout his career.
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.
Our Human Story
Exploring the human experience through the representation of the face in art, Debra Mancoff presents over 360 artefacts ranging from prehistoric figurines to Renaissance drawings, and from 16th-century African masks to 20th-century photographs, all selected from the British Museum’s collections. The book is arranged by theme, from birth and childhood, through love and beauty, faith, power and identity to death – the gallery of faces ending with an Aztec human skull covered in turquoise and lignite mosaic.
Animals in Art From the Ice Age to Our Age
Drawing on the British Museum’s collections, Christopher Masters presents a survey of animals in art across time and cultures, from the ancient Egyptian jackal-headed god Anubis to Beatrix Potter’s drawings of the Flopsy Bunnies. The gallery of over 260 images is in sections on wild, domestic, exotic and symbolic animals and mythical creatures and presents a great diversity of artefacts, including drawings by Dürer, Meissen porcelain pug dogs, a Chinese iron sculpture of a carp, and a sleeping rat netsuke.
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.
Kew's Global Kitchen Cookbook
101 Recipes Using Edible Plants from Around the World
Organized by continent and illustrated with artwork from the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew this volume explores the culinary history of an eclectic variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices from around the world and presents 101 recipes that incorporate them, from cumin-infused Kashmiri fish curry to Cornish saffron cake.
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.
Peonies and Pomegranates
Botanic Illustrations from Asia
After describing the history of Asian gardens and how western traders, botanists and plant hunters brought back eastern plants for the gardens of Europe, Celia Fisher presents, in alphabetical order, over 70 flowers, fruits and trees from oriental gardens. The story of each species and its journey from east to west is illustrated with paintings, prints or drawings by Asian and Middle Eastern artists drawn from the British Library collections.