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’.
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.
London, Paris, New York
This exhibition catalogue assembles three bodies of work by 20th century photographers, observing a city as an outsider: Wolf Suschitzky's London in the 1930s, Dorothy Bohm's Paris in the 1950s and Neil Libbert's New York in the 1960s. Depicting street scenes and local life, the black-and-white images across all three collections are in the tradition of Eugène Atget and Bert Hardy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Georgie Gaskin (1866–1934) was a celebrated jewellery designer and an important figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement. Published in 1895 and quickly established as a nursery favourite, the alphabet primer was the first book written and ‘pictured’ by Mrs Gaskin. A facsimile of the first edition, this book faithfully reproduces her illustrations and rhymes for each letter and is bound in 1890s style, with green linen and a screen-printed cover.
Throughout the 1970s Francesco Clemente (b.1952) travelled regularly from Rome to India and created a body of drawings that question Western rationality and capitalism and helped define neo-expressionism. This collection of over 100 of his images focuses predominantly on his depictions of the human body, and the themes of spirituality, sexuality, myths and dreams that would influence his later paintings.
At the forefront of the British Pop Art movement in the 1960s, Allen Jones’s fifty-year career has been influential across fashion, graphic design, film and music. This retrospective, which accompanied an exhibition at the Royal Academy, reproduces 83 of his works. Revealing his versatility as a painter and sculptor, it demonstrates his subversive humour, exuberant use of colour and preoccupation with the human form, epitomized in his controversial ‘women as furniture’ pieces.
Lucian Freud's Sketchbooks
Now in the Collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, these previously unpublished images from the sketchbooks of Lucian Freud (1922–2011) were made over the course of his career and enhance our understanding of the work of this major figurative artist. The book presents reproductions of 60 drawings and watercolours, along with an introduction by Sarah Howgate, Senior Curator of the Contemporary Collection, an essay entitled ‘Everything is Autobiographical’ by Martin Gayford, and an illustrated chronology.
David Sedaris Diaries
A Visual Compendium
The American humourist, essayist and author of Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris writes the Foreword to this selection of illustrations from his diaries: photographs, packaging, reproductions and montages – a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ and a sourcebook for Sedaris’ work.
Anarchy and Beauty
William Morris and His Legacy 1860–1960
A firm believer that objects of beauty should be available to everyone, William Morris (1834–96) influenced British socialism, the Arts and Crafts movement and the development of garden cities. In this illustrated book Fiona MacCarthy explores his vision of art’s role in society, from his early career and political thoughts to the publication of his utopian novel News from Nowhere in 1890, and the reflection of his values in the 1951 Festival of Britain.
Looking at Birds
An Antidote to Field Guides
John Busby's observation that 'there are more shapes of blackbird than species of thrush' encapsulates the premise of this guide to observing birds with a curious mind – a process that goes far beyond identification. Paired with insightful commentary and demonstrating that an individual specimen rarely conforms to its image as presented in field guides, his pencil and watercolour wash sketches capture birds at different times of day, in flight, at rest and as they preen, stretch, hunt and dive.
In Search of Harriers
Over the Hills and Far Away
A founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and author of the Poyser monograph The Hen Harrier, Donald Watson (1918–2005) presents a collection of his bird paintings, mostly of harriers, but also of species associated with them, including merlins, black grouse and stonechats, all set in their natural landscapes. The reproductions are accompanied by Watson’s engaging personal observations and ornithological information about the various species of harrier – in Britain and abroad – and their habits and habitats. Slightly off-mint.
The New York Years
Published to accompany an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this catalogue analyses the ideas and visual material that influenced Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991) during the early 20th century, when he was living in New York. Carmen Ramos’s text juxtaposes many of his iconic works with those of his contemporaries, including Matisse and Picasso, and considers his role in the city’s transformation into a leading centre for avant-garde art.
Art of Violence
The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, the mythological violence of Apollo and Marsyas – Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652) is renowned for such images of suffering. He left his native Spain for Italy, was familiar with the Italian masters and his admiration for Caravaggio is evident in the realism and the drama of light and shade in his work. Discussing his paintings, drawings and works by contemporaries, this study looks in depth at Ribera’s art of violence and pain.
Geology in European and American Art
During the late 18th and 19th centuries, art and scientific observation converged as geologists and artists shared a fascination with the Earth’s topography. Accompanying an American exhibition, this catalogue explores that moment of interdisciplinary engagement through commentary and reproductions of 52 paintings and drawings, including works such as Joseph Wright of Derby’s Entrance to the Dove Holes, Derbyshire (1773), Henry Moore’s Mer de Glace (1856), and Legendary England: Tintagel (1882) by the American artist William Trost Richards.
The Orléans Collection
To mark the tricentennial of the founding of New Orleans, an exhibition explored the celebrated art collection of the city’s namesake, Philippe II, duc d’Orléans (1674–1723), regent of France and a discerning patron of the arts. Published to accompany the exhibition, this magnificent volume offers essays on Philippe as collector and his collection as well as essays and commentaries on 36 representative works, including masterpieces by Poussin, Veronese, Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Guido Reni. Includes a summary catalogue of the Orléans collection.