Paul Nash: Outline
Paul Nash (1889–1946) began writing his ‘personal history’ in 1936–7, but ended the narrative with the outbreak of the First World War, in the chapter entitled ‘End of a World’. Described by David Boyd Haycock in his Introduction as ‘one of the finest autobiographies by an English artist of any era’, Outline is accompanied here by Nash’s notes for its continuation, his letters to his wife from France, 1917, and the previously unpublished ‘Memoirs of Paul Nash, 1913–1946' by his wife, Margaret.
Artist and Illustrator
Edward Ardizzone’s career began as an illustrator in the late 1920s, he served as a war artist from 1939 to 1945, and after the war his work ranged from illustrating literary classics to advertising Guinness. With over 230 reproductions, this study looks at every aspect of Ardizzone’s career, but particularly his own books, starting with Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain (1936), and his illustration for other children’s authors, notably Walter de la Mare, Eleanor Farjeon and James Reeves.
English Silver before the Civil War
The David Little Collection
A small, yet exceptional collection of Tudor and Stuart silver, that includes an early apostle spoon, a tankard engraved with arms of Archbishop Frewin and two of the so-called ‘Armada’ dishes, forms the focus of this richly illustrated introduction to English silver of the period. Chapters on banqueting plate, the place of silver in aristocratic households, church plate and the silver trade are followed by a detailed catalogue of the 25 pieces in the David Little collection.
The Railway Paintings of Wrenford J Thatcher
Caught on Canvas
After a brief account of his life, from young trainspotter to railway artist, Wrenford Thatcher presents reproductions of 86 paintings – ‘my attempt to relive the years before that fateful day in 1968 which saw the end of working steam’ – with notes on the location and locomotive in each painting. From the Princess Arthur of Connaught departing Rugby at night, to the A4 60014 Silver Link at Hatfield, the book journeys through 70 years of Thatcher’s paintings.
Point of Balance
The son of a French violinist and well-known British composer, Benedict Rubbra was brought up in England and Italy, surrounded by artists and musicians, but it was a new art teacher arriving at Christ’s Hospital school in 1950 that started him thinking of a career as a painter. This retrospective of his life and work includes over 150 paintings and drawings, including many of his harmoniously coloured abstracts and portraits of prominent people.
Van Gogh's Ear
The True Story
The best-known incident in Van Gogh’s life is also the least understood. Interweaving the story of her own detective work with that of the artist’s final crisis, Bernadette Murphy reconstructs Van Gogh’s Arles, with its cafés and brothels. She explores his relationships with his brother Theo and fellow painter Gauguin, and identifies many locals he knew, including policemen, prostitutes, shepherds, artists, and the mysterious Rachel, recipient of his severed ear.
The Anatomy Sketchbook
Learn the Art of Drawing from the Masters
An understanding of skeletal and muscular anatomy is crucial in order to accurately depict the human body. The 20 examples in this sketchbook, including drawings by Da Vinci, Dürer, Picasso and Giacometti, are interspersed with concise tips to provide a technical understanding of the subject, and blank and grid-lined pages on which to practice. For beginners, there is a general information section on materials and techniques.
Edward Bawden Scrapbooks
Now housed in the Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, these scrapbooks, described by Edward Bawden himself as a ‘mass of ancient rubbish’, are in fact a vast and intriguing collection of Christmas cards, letters, cuttings, photographs and drawings. With reproductions of pages from all five scrapbooks and notes on the ‘scraps’ and the people mentioned, this volume is the closest thing we have to an autobiography of one of the finest, but most reclusive British artist-designers of the 20th century.
Sybil Andrews Linocuts
A Complete Catalogue
Born in Bury St Edmunds in 1898, Sybil Andrews worked as a welder during the First World War and her formal art training only began after 1918, first at Heatherley School of Fine Art in London, then at the new Grosvenor School where, along with Andrew Power and Claude Flight, she developed a dynamic, expressive and abstract style. After a biographical essay, this volume reproduces all 87 of Andrew’s linocuts, including the famous Speedway (1934) and In Full Cry (1931).
Landscape and the Life of Objects
Paul Nash (1889–1946) is now recognized as a major British artist, who drew on Modernism and Surrealism to create a distinctive vision of the English landscape. Illustrated with 100 colour images, this survey of his life and work assesses the impact his time as a war artist had on him, explores his work as a book illustrator, and considers what his poetry and other writing reveals about his personal mythology.
An Edinburgh Scot, Paolozzi studied during the Second World War at the Edinburgh College of Art, St Martin’s and the Slade. Best-known today for his metal sculptures, including a number of large-scale public commissions, his most significant early works were, by contrast, collages of commercially printed material that influenced the development of British pop art. This comprehensive appraisal of his output dedicates a chapter to each aspect of his artforms, including sculpture, collage, printmaking, ceramics, tapestry and film.
'Natures Powers and Spells'
Landscape Change, John Clare and Me
Carry Akroyd had been painting the East Midlands countryside for some years when a commission to celebrate the poet John Clare, also closely associated with the area, led her to be profoundly influenced by him in her responses to nature and the landscape. This album of her paintings, linocuts and screen prints, inspired by this association, depicts the plants and creatures of field and hedgerow, the flat vistas of the fens and the patchwork farmland of Northamptonshire. Slightly off-mint.
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.
The Rockies and the Alps
Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains
On both sides of the Atlantic, 19th-century painters were drawn to the drama and grandeur of mountains. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Newark Museum, New Jersey, this book explores the artistic dialogue between the Swiss painter Alexandre Calame (1810–64) and the American Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902). More than 100 illustrations reproduce their work, alongside that of contemporaries such as Turner, Ruskin and Sergeant.
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.
Photographs from the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Based on the photography collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, each book in this series illuminates a facet of 20th-century African American history through 50–60 photographs, with brief captions and curators’ commentaries.From children picking cotton in 1895 to a young boy checking Barack Obama’s hair in the Oval Office in 2009, these images reflect on the past experience of African American children and the evolving concept of childhood.
Paths to Perfection
Buddhist Art at the Freer | Sackler
Although the Buddha himself was not depicted directly for several centuries, Buddhism’s success owes much to the visual arts across cultures, from India and Nepal to Japan and Indonesia. More than 100 items are illustrated in this guide, including buddhas, bodhisattvas, mandalas and ritual objects. All are now in the Smithsonian’s Asian art collections, whose curators and scholars provide the descriptions and contextual information.
In the Light of Naples
The Art of Francesco de Mura
One third of the works of the Neopolitan painter Francesco de Mura (1696–1782) were destroyed when the Abbey of Monte Cassino was bombed in 1944, plunging the artist into even deeper obscurity. This volume accompanied an exhibition that toured America in 2017, aiming to revive the reputation and appreciation of De Mura as one the last great Baroque masters: it presents reproductions and commentaries on 40 surviving works and associated sketches, along with essays on his life and work.
Soldier in Art
Growing up in Poland in the early 1900s, Arthur Szyk made his name as a book illustrator and political artist between the wars. He became more widely known for his paintings satirizing the policies and leaders of the Axis powers, produced after he settled in America in 1940. This comprehensive account of his life and work, with over 200 examples of his illustrations, sketches and paintings, examines and decodes his highly detailed compositions.
Turner at Petworth
Turner was a regular visitor to Petworth House in Sussex, the home of his friend, patron and enthusiastic art collector George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont. Published to accompany an exhibition at the house, celebrating the restoration of the ‘Carved Room' with Turner’s gouache drawings and landscape paintings reinstated, this catalogue includes themed essays on Turner's country house art in general, and Petworth in particular, by academics from the National Trust and Tate Museum.
Pens Ink & Places
Starting with his drawings for Beatrix Potter’s previously unpublished Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, Quentin Blake narrates his life as an illustrator through the projects he has worked on since 2012. The book reveals the remarkable variety of Blake’s work, with examples that range in scale from book illustrations for The Fables of La Fontaine to wall-sized drawings for the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, and across subjects from Claridge's Hotel (for a champagne advertisement) to the post-apocalyptic landscapes of Riddley Walker.
You are Always with Me
Letters to Mama 1923–1932
Wry, witty and highly observant, this collection of 50 of Frida Kahlo's letters to her beloved mother, illustrated with her art and family photographs and published here for the first time in English, reveals the close nature of their relationship between 1923 and 1932.
Life of an Artist and Adventurer
Reproductions of Vladimir Tretchikoff’s green-faced woman once hung in countless suburban homes. This illustrated biography reveals how, despite being born in poverty in Siberia, he made his name as an artist in Singapore. He fled the island when it was invaded by the Japanese and almost drowned when his boat was sunk, but then relaunched his career in South Africa, receiving both massive popular success and critical disdain.
Becoming Henry Moore
In conjunction with a 2017 exhibition of the same name, this exploration of the formative years of the great sculptor considers his educational and wartime experiences, showing how his interactions with ancient, classical and non-Western art supplemented his knowledge of Renaissance masters and the avant-garde. Richly illustrated with photographs of his sculptures and drawings, it also includes a chronology of significant events in his life.