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.
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.
'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.
Photographs from the National Museum of African American History and Culture
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.
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.
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 classical and 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.
The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin at the Legion of Honor
Rodin’s The Thinker has been a prominent exhibit at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor gallery since its opening in 1924, the museum’s founder having been a significant patron of the artist. This exhibition catalogue, published in 2017 to commemorate the centenary of the sculptor’s death, includes newly commissioned photographs of many of Rodin’s most important works, including The Burghers of Calais, The Gates of Hell and The Kiss, as well as plaster models and fragments.
Conceptual artist Sarah Charlesworth (1947–2013) lived and worked in New York, producing her most influential pieces, generally in the photographic medium, during the 1970s and 1980s. This retrospective includes examples of work from throughout her career as well as contextual essays.
Constable and Brighton
Something Out Of Nothing
Constable is best known for rural landscapes, but a stay in Brighton from 1824 to 1828 revealed other aspects of his talent. This catalogue of an exhibition at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery reproduces more than 120 oils and watercolours – seascapes, beaches thronged with the ‘offscouring of London’, and windmills on the Downs – while essays explore his routine and working methods at the resort.
Masterpieces of Art
The ‘Renaissance poster boy’ Raphael (1483–1520) was renowned for his good looks, love affairs and friends in high places as well as his paintings. Following an accessible introduction to his life and work, this book presents reproductions of over 70 works by Raphael, arranged in four sections: the celebrated depictions of the Madonna; portraits; paintings on Christian and classical themes; and the frescos, with details from epic works such as The School of Athens.
This is Rembrandt
Early success made Rembrandt rich and famous in the booming Amsterdam of the 1630s but his extravagance led to penury in later life. Considered the quintessential ‘old master’ painter today, his unconventional compositions and expressive intensity were groundbreaking in his own time.
The Essential Interviews
From street poet in 1962 to international celebrity performing an evening of nostalgie at the Palais de Congrès in Paris, 2009, this volume covers Bob Dylan’s career in 34 interviews, including conversations with Rolling Stone journalists, with Robert Shelton during the documentary No Direction Home, with Sam Shepard for Esquire and with many others who braved Dylan’s warning, ‘Don’t ask me nothin’ about nothin’/I might just tell you the truth’.
Victorian Master of Still Life
George Lance was the Victorian artist who almost single-handedly effected the revival of still life painting. He was much admired by contemporaries such as JMW Turner, but today his name is all but forgotten. Intended to restore his reputation and bring his art to a contemporary audience, this biography, which is extensively illustrated with his paintings, explores his life and work, including the controversy that led to his exclusion from the Royal Academy.
The Drawings of G.F. Watts
In the late nineteenth century George Frederic Watts was the first living artist to stage a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and it attracted over a million visitors. ‘England’s Michelangelo’ was even described as the ‘greatest painter since the old masters’. Drawing on the extensive collection of his works, studies, sketches and paintings at the Watts Gallery near Guildford, art historian Chloe Ward takes a detailed look through the illustrious career of this eminent Victorian.
The Art of Fortunino Matania
A Catalogue of Original Art and Prints
Known for his realistic style, Matania worked as a war artist during the First World War, then as a painter of historical scenes and an illustrator for publications including Illustrazione Italiana. This catalogue showcases more than 250 of his original paintings, drawings, sketches, signed prints, leaflets and ephemera.
Sylvette, Sylvette, Sylvette
Picasso and the Model
When Picasso exhibited his portraits of Sylvette, ‘the girl with the pony tail’, in Paris in 1954, he created an international media sensation. Sixty years later, the Kunsthalle Bremen held an exhibition that explored the relationship of Picasso with Sylvette and his other female models. This accompanying catalogue, with informal photographs, reproductions of the paintings and drawings and 13 essays, reveals something of the artist’s creative processes at work in a series of portraits that range from realistic likenesses to abstraction. Slightly off-mint.
Only What's Necessary
Charles M Schulz and the Art of Peanuts
For 50 years, from 1950 to 2000, Charles ‘Sparky’ Schulz wrote and illustrated thousands of Peanuts strip cartoons, always making every line count. Despite, or perhaps because of their simplicity, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and Snoopy are some of the most famous cartoon characters in the world. This compilation of sketches, proofs, comics and all things Peanuts draws on the collection of the Charles M Schultz Museum to give an insight into the work of a remarkable cartoonist.
A Celebration of the Artist and His Work
Published to accompany a 2013 exhibition at the Museum of Illustrators in New York, this catalogue celebrates the 60-year career of the celebrated children's book artist Maurice Sendak (1928–2012). It comprises more than 200 images, including sketches, photographs, ephemera and rare and unpublished artwork from Where the Wild Things Are, and 12 essays from noted scholars and historians such as Iona Opie and Steven Heller.
The Jewish World
100 Treasures of Art and Culture
The Magnes Collection was founded in Berkeley, California, in 1962 and dedicated, in the words of its director, Alla Efimova, to ‘salvaging the floating remnants of the post-Holocaust Jewish world’. This volume, reflecting Dr Efimova’s personal view of the museum’s global mission and the range of artefacts within the collection, includes ritual objects and manuscripts from far-flung Jewish communities, past and present, and paintings, photographs and ephemera that represent the history of Californian congregations since the gold rush era.
Varieties of Romantic Experience
British, Danish, Dutch, French, and German Drawings from the Collection of Charles Ryskamp
Based on a Yale Center for British Art exhibition, this catalogue of artwork from the collection of the Princeton professor Charles Ryskamp highlights Romanticism’s focus on emotion, imagination and nature. It compares works by British artists such as Turner, Blake, Stubbs and Constable with Northern European artists including Degas, Delacroix and Corot accompanied by a detailed text that draws out parallels and contrasts between their approaches to specific subjects such as trees, ruins and boats.
Paris Refashioned 1957–1968
Challenging the assumption that London was the epicentre of fashion design during the 1960s, this illustrated volume reveals the influential role that Paris played in the industry at that time. The author explains how a new appetite for ready-to-wear clothing challenged the dominance of haute couture and considers the position of French fashion within the era's broader popular culture, looking in particular at how American publications such as Vogue promoted it. Off-mint.
Although Goya (1746–1828) received no portrait commissions until he was 37, such works make up nearly a third of his painted oeuvre. Produced to accompany an exhibition of more than 60 portraits, this volume reveals the range of Goya’s technical and stylistic achievements. In particular, it shows how the artist built on the model of earlier court painters, including Velázquez, while giving new psychological depth to depictions of the royalty, philosophers and military men of his own revolutionary times.
A Printmaker in Paradise
The Art and Life of Charles W Bartlett
This illustrated overview of the life and works of Charles W Bartlett (1860–1940), the English painter and printmaker who settled in Hawaii, includes an extended biographical essay and a catalogue raisonné of his woodblock and intaglio prints.
Native American Modernism
Art from North America
Drawing on the extensive collection in Berlin’s Ethnological Museum, this fully illustrated book traces the development of modern Native American art. Featuring notable artists, critics and art historians, it also explores topics such as cultural self-determination and Native American involvement in the Second World War.
Portrait of the Artist
This well-illustrated volume focuses on works from the Royal Collection to consider how the image of the artist – both in reality and in perception – has been developed, represented and mythologized over time. Self-portraits by influential artists including Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt, Reynolds and Freud are examined thematically, alongside artworks created by their friends, relatives and pupils, including the most reliable surviving likeness of Leonardo Da Vinci by his student Francesco Melzi.
Giovanni Bellini's Dudley Madonna
Painted by the Venetian Giovanni Bellini around 1508, the Dudley Madonna is named after its 19th-century English owner. Still in private hands, it is seldom exhibited, making this study a rare glimpse at a key work in the artist’s development. With more than 50 reproductions of work by Bellini and his contemporaries, it explores his response to younger painters such as Titian, and records the painting’s provenance and conservation history.
An Act of Homage
In words and photographs, Boris Friedewald traces the life of Salvador Dalí and the various incarnations of his moustache, from the art student dandy of the 1920s to the artist’s death in 1989; and he describes the afterlife of the moustache in popular culture and even haute couture.
Abstraction and Reality
The Sculpture of Ivor Roberts-Jones
In this first in-depth study and catalogue raisonné of the work of Ivor Roberts-Jones (1913–1996), the authors explore the career of this exceptional British sculptor in a number of essays, beginning with a biographical sketch. The essay topics include Roberts-Jones’s most familiar work, the statue of Winston Churchill that stands in Parliament Square; other portraits of Churchill in Oslo, New Orleans and Prague; and the portrait heads; while the catalogue illustrates and comments on over 156 works, with sketches and variants.
How Do We Look, The Eye of Faith
In How Do We Look, Mary Beard explores how the human body was portrayed in the earliest art, including the colossal Olmec heads of Central America, Egyptian pharaohs, Chinese warriors and Praxiteles’ Aphrodite in ancient Greece. In Part Two, The Eye of Faith she visits Buddhist temples, Christian art and architecture, and Islamic mosques and calligraphy to explore the relationship between art and religion and the endeavour to make the divine visible.
The Paintings of Richard Harrison
Richard Harrison enrolled at Chelsea School of Art in the 1980s to study product design but soon turned to painting. His style was essentially abstract until he developed a more figurative approach through a fascination with the landscape and Biblical and mythical subjects favoured by the old masters. This retrospective of his work includes a biography and appreciation of his oeuvre and reproductions of over 200 of his paintings.
The Illustrated Book of Sayings
Curious Expressions from Around the World
The Finnish idiom, ‘to pace around hot porridge like a cat’ is comparable to our ‘to beat around the bush’. Each of the 52 cross-cultural expressions in this collection is accompanied by musings on the origin and meaning – whether literal or metaphorical – and by light-hearted illustrations on the opposite page.
Penguins and Other Sea Birds
This visual field guide to sea birds focuses on 50 species, each illustrated by a watercolour portrait, alongside notes on colour and behaviour. The birds range from the well-known – Emperor Penguin, Albatross –to the more unusually named Parasitic Jaegar and Blue-footed Booby. A useful spotting guide displays the birds across seven spreads.
All the images in this portfolio, some spectacular and some slightly bizarre, capture dogs in a moment of dynamic vitality, leaping, bounding, playing or catching balls and frisbees. From thoroughbred greyhounds and whippets in full flight to springing spaniels and jumping Jack Russells, every dog is captured in mid-air. Top land speeds are given for each breed.
The Pursuit of Immortality
Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals
Portrait medals, which commemorate individuals through a combination of likeness, imagery and text, were an important artistic innovation of the Renaissance. Ng presents fine examples, ranging from the 15th to 19th century, which are now in one of the world’s most significant private collections. She traces the art form’s origins and development, discussing the techniques used across Europe to make medals and the personal and political purposes for which they were produced.
Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills
The British Passion for Landscape
Published to accompany an exhibition at the National Museum of Wales, this catalogue traces the development of landscape painting in Britain from the classicism of the 18th century, through the Romantic Movement to the environmental concerns of today. There are more than 80 plates, including work by Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, Monet and Sisley, and two essays, exploring the response of artists to the Industrial Revolution and the role of the Welsh landscape in British art.
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.