The St Ives Artists
A Biography of Place and Time
In a study that goes beyond the label ‘St Ives’, Michael Bird focuses on the artists, their art and its relationship to place and time, namely the post-war years to 1965. He discusses major figures including Terry Frost, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron and Peter Lanyon, but also sets the St Ives phenomenon in the contexts of wider British culture and international modernism. Groundbreaking when first published in 2008, the book has been revised and updated, with new illustrations and a new author’s preface.
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is accompanied here by Nash’s notes for its continuation, his letters to his wife from France, 1917, and the previously unpublished ‘Memoirs of Paul Nash, 1913–1946' by his wife, Margaret.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Making the Americas Modern
Hemispheric Art, 1910–1960
Edward J Sullivan’s unconventional study, comprising ‘eight histories of visuality’, examines the ways in which art in the Americas was modernized in the period between two major exhibitions that heralded changes in the way artists created and marketed their work: the Armory Show in New York, 1913, and the first Bienal de S?o Paulo in 1951. Part of the Global Perspectives series.
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.
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.
The Revolution Is Dead - Long Live the Revolution!
Based on two 2017 exhibitions in Bern, at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Paul Klee Centre, this catalogue explores the impact of the Russian revolution on contemporary art, from socialist realism to the subversive artwork inspired by the eventual disintegration of the Soviet Union. Artists featured include Kazimir Malevich, the founder of suprematism, and Russian constructivists such as Vladimir Tatlin and Alexander Rodchenko. The book also traces the revolution’s impact on avant-garde movements worldwide.
Beginning with Otto Freundlich’s own Confessions of a Revolutionary Painter, written in 1935, this volume provides a comprehensive overview of the artist’s work and his influence as a pioneer of modernism. Published to accompany a major retrospective at Museum Ludwig in Cologne and Kunstmuseum Basel in 2017, the book comprises several essays on topics including Freundlich’s aesthetics and The Large Head shown in the Nazis’ Degenerate Art exhibition, and reproductions of over 170 paintings and drawings.
The Figurative Pollock
Discussing and reproducing 103 works, from Stone Head (1933) to Easter and the Totem (1953), this catalogue, with essays and commentary, focuses on Jackson Pollock’s artistic development as a figurative artist, leaving aside the familiar ‘drip’ paintings. Originally accompanied an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel. Bound in grey linen.
A Pioneer of American Abstraction
Esphyr Slobodkina (1908–2002) emigrated to New York in 1928. In the 1930s and 1940s, she helped to translate European modernist art into an American idiom, and continued painting and illustrating into her nineties. Published to accompany a centennial exhibition, this volume comprises six illustrated essays along with reproductions of over 90 works.
Modernists and Mavericks
Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters
From the Blitz to the Swinging Sixties, London was home to a major art scene. Several key players – Auerbach, Bacon, Freud – were figurative painters rebelling against the prevailing Abstract orthodoxy. Others – Bridget Riley, John Hoyland – found their own distinctive forms of abstraction. Gayford’s study profiles the artists and explores their influences and connections. Drawing on first-hand interviews and illustrated with 114 paintings and photographs, it recreates the Soho bohemia these painters inhabited, with its friendships, feuds and legendary drinking sessions.
The Private Painter
Best known as a furniture designer and architect, Irish-born Eileen Gray was a pioneer of Art Deco in the Paris of the 1920s and a follower and associate of Le Corbusier, among other luminaries of the period. This collection of her private and essentially unknown artworks was assembled for an exhibition at London’s Osborne Samuel Gallery in 2015 and comprises drawings, paintings, collages and photographs made between the 1920s and the 1950s.
Art and the War at Sea
Twentieth-century war at sea posed problems for artists: gone were the traditional naval confrontations; in modern, long-range battle the enemy could be invisible, in the sky or under the surface. Drawing on the National Maritime Museum’s outstanding collection of modern British art, this volume looks at how artists rose to the challenge of depicting the Navy and Merchant Marine at war. With over 160 colour reproductions, it discusses works by artists including Norman Wilkinson, John Everett, Eric Ravilious and Charles Wheeler.
Olga Mohler Picabia
Started in 1936, four years before her marriage to Francis Picabia (1879–1953), and left unfinished two years before his death, this album of photographs, sketches and cuttings was compiled by Olga Picabia (1905–2002) and chronicles the life of the French avant-garde artist and poet. Reproducing 207 pages of the album, this book offers a unique view of a great romantic and artistic partnership.
1,000 Masterpieces of Modern Design, 1800 to the Present Day
Mid 20th-century classics, such as Charles Eames' Model No.670 lounge chair and Arne Jacobsen's Egg chair, are among the extensive selection featured in this design compendium. Each example is afforded its own page and profiled with a brief description and example photograph. Organized chronologically, from the 1800s to the present day, the sourcebook demonstrates how different approaches to the same design problem reflect changing tastes, differing ideals and new technologies.
The Art of Rivalry
Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
This study examines four pairs of artists – Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon – whose friendship turned to enmity, arguing that early influences that fostered creativity must, after a certain point, be rejected in order to pursue originality. American cut pages with a felt-tip mark on the lower trimmed edge.
Designing the Modern Utopia
In the Soviet Union the years 1927 to 1933 were ones of intense industrialization and collectivization, aiming to transform old Russia into a modern, mechanized society. Designers played their part and motifs such as gears, aeroplanes and locomotives, sports and agriculture appeared in fabrics, reinforcing industrial and social ideas. This book draws on the Lloyd Cotsen fabrics collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to examine this short-lived but intriguing experiment in thematic design.
I Got Rhythm
Art and Jazz Since 1920
The spread of jazz beyond its American birthplace in the 1920s had a profound effect on art and culture, with leading artists such as Otto Dix, Piet Mondrian and Henri Matisse taking inspiration from performers, dances and songs. With essays and reproductions of more than 120 works, this dual-language exhibition catalogue from the Stuttgart art museum celebrates almost a century of art produced in response to jazz, from Max Beckmann to Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.
Looking to Heaven
The artist Stanley Spencer made several attempts to write an autobiography, but completed none of them. His grandson has combined these fragments with his notebooks, diaries and letters to provide a first-hand account of his life. Illustrated with Spencer’s paintings and drawings alongside period photographs, the resulting narrative records the development of his art and personality from his childhood in Cookham through his training at the Slade to his experiences in the First World War.
The Two Roberts
Robert Colquhoun & Robert MacBryde
In the immediate post-war period, lifelong partners Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde were, with Freud and Bacon, among the most admired artists of their generation but during the 1950s their work fell out of fashion and alcoholism and poverty hastened their decline. Published to accompany the exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, this retrospective charts their careers and turbulent private lives, and includes reproductions of their most significant paintings, prints and drawings.
Drawings and Oil Sketches by a Modern Kentish Master
Christopher Alexander studied at the Royal College of Art, became a teacher and produced a vast body of work, specializing in figure drawing. This volume, compiled by his son, comprises a biography and over 150 sketches, portraits and landscapes.
The Art and Life of Francis Hewlett
Head of Painting at Falmouth School of Art from 1960 to 1981, Francis Hewlett (1930–2012) remained a figurative artist, exploring what he called the ‘essential geometry’ of observed objects, despite the prevailing fashions of the period. Including over 200 paintings and drawings, this biography charts his lifelong dedication to art, from his early studies in Bristol, London and Paris to his completion of a major series of paintings in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
In this illustrated volume, art historian Marina Linares explores Impressionists’ interpretations of gardens in the city and the country, examining the light, colour and technique used in over 200 paintings. Incorporating early 19th-century works by Constable, which transformed landscape painting as a genre, and subsequent pieces by artists including Sisley, Renoir, Pissarro, Cézanne and Morisot, the book concludes with a selection of Monet’s water lily paintings. Text in six languages.
The Great War, Experimentation, and Change
Focused on the period 1912 to 1925, this catalogue and the exhibition it accompanied explore the diversity of work developed by Picasso against a backdrop of war and change. Essays discussing his shift from Cubism to Neoclassicism, his friendship with Cocteau, and the Parisian art world during the First World War, accompany reproductions of works by Picasso and his contemporaries, his designs for the ballet Parade (1917), and Cocteau’s snapshots of Picasso and friends in Paris, 1916.
The Story of De Stijl
Mondrian to Van Doesburg
In the early 1920s, a group of Dutch artists and architects, among them Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Gerrit Rietveld and César Domela, formed the profoundly influential De Stijl (‘The Style’) movement. Illustrated with reproductions and photographs of their works in a variety of media, this innovative volume profiles the artists and collaborators of De Stijl and describes how they ‘built bridges between art, design, architecture and society’.
A Life in Colour
A contemporary of Francis Bacon and Euan Uglow, Scottish painter Craigie Aitchison (1926–2009) employed saturated colours and vivid shapes in his work, which included landscapes, portraits and still-lifes, with deceptive simplicity. This illustrated retrospective, containing detailed analyses of his paintings, explores his life and career and examines the motifs of black men, dogs and crucifixions which recurred in his work time and again, from his student days at the Slade School of Art to his later sojourns in Tuscany.
‘I think of my paintings as a source of imagery, something that generates imagery rather than contains it.’ This beautifully illustrated, in-depth survey of St Ives artist Bryan Wynter’s life and work reveals much of the inspiration for his paintings, including his experimentation with mescaline during the 1950s which, presaging 1960s counterculture, added a fluid, calligraphic dynamism to his evolving abstract style. The book also explores the politics and personalities of the St Ives group, particularly Wynter’s great friend Patrick Heron.
Art and the Second World War
Discussing art made in Spain during the Civil War, 1935–9, in the democracies of the UK, USA and the Commonwealth, in occupied France, the USSR, Nazi Germany and imperial Japan, and with chapters devoted to the art of the Holocaust and responses to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this volume presents an illustrated overview of the complex and often disturbing relationship between war and the fine arts – painting, sculpture, print-making and drawing – during the Second World War.
Your Loving Friend, Stanley
The Great War Correspondence Between Stanley Spencer and Desmond Chute
While serving as an orderly at a military hospital during the First World War, the artist Stanley Spencer met Desmond Chute, the aesthetic son of a Bristol theatre family, who introduced him to classical literature and the Confessions of St Augustine. These 31 letters document their friendship, Spencer’s combat in Macedonia and his evocative memories of the village of Cookham. Illustrated with facsimiles and Spencer’s own drawings, they shed light on his artistic development.
Different Ways of Seeing
The Artistic Vision of Joan Gillchrest, Bryan Pearce and Fred Yates
Often exhibiting together during their lifetimes, contemporaries Joan Gillchrest, Bryan Pearce and Fred Yates were inspired to record the people and scenes of Cornwall in their individual, instantly recognizable styles, and to try to capture the unique magic of the county. Written as a companion to a 2011 exhibition that took place after their deaths, this guide provides short biographies of each artist, personal photographs, and many colour reproductions of their work.
Ravilious & Co
The Pattern of Friendship
An ‘outbreak of talent’ was how Paul Nash described the group of students he taught at the Royal College of Art in 1924–5. Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Barnett Freedman and Enid Marx formed the core of a network of artists, friends and lovers influenced by Nash. This group biography explores their lives and relationships from the 1920s to Ravilious’s death in 1942 and, with reproductions of over 200 examples, it examines their painting, illustration and a variety of work in commercial design.
Laughter Is a Devastating Weapon
Born Helmut Herzfeld in 1891 and anglicizing his name in protest against German nationalism in 1916, John Heartfield became a political artist unrivalled in the 20th century, who pushed political satire to surrealist extremes in anti-Nazi and anti-capitalist graphic art and photomontage. This volume presents a short biography of Heartfield and reproductions of his finest work, setting the original artworks alongside the published versions.
When Constructivism emerged after the 1917 Revolution in Russia, its central aesthetic principles concerned the nature of materials, konstruktsiya (constructedness), efficiency and rationality. In this study, Taylor examines the legacy of Constructivism, tracing a path from the Cubists in Paris and Tatlin, Malevich and Rodchenko in Russia to artists such as Anish Kapoor, Amy Sillman and Tomma Abts working in the 21st century. With 144 illustrations.
Birds in Norfolk
A National and International Perspective
Not only can one find the greatest variety of bird species in Norfolk as well as view spectacular mass migrations, but it is also one of the best spots to find rare birds and infrequent visitors to Britain. This celebration of the county’s avian scene offers research and statistics about the different types of habitats and the resident and visiting bird populations of each, together with almost 200 atmospheric watercolour illustrations by James McCallum.
Swimming with Dali
And Other Encounters with Artists
As art critic for various newspapers and magazines and presenter of radio programmes and television documentaries, Edwin Mullins met, and sometimes formed friendships with, many of the leading artists from the last half century. This book comprises his personal memories of artists including Henry Moore, Oskar Kokoschka, Barbara Hepworth and Graham Sutherland; shorter pieces on his ‘brief encounters’ with, among others, Picasso and Giacometti; and ‘strange encounters’ such as the odd episode involving Stephen Ward.
Lucky to be an Artist
Unity Spencer (1930–2017) was the daughter of two artists, Stanley and Hilda Spencer, and a significant painter in her own right. In this memoir, written shortly before her death, she looks back over her unconventional upbringing, her studies at the Slade School of Art and her subsequent career. Extensively illustrated with her own work, that of her parents and vintage photographs, it offers a unique glimpse of the artistic life. With a foreword by Jon Snow.
Masterpieces of Art
From the 1880s to around 1914, a group of young painters based in Glasgow challenged the traditional art of the Scottish Academy, favouring instead the naturalistic ideas of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, and en plein-air painting. The realism and freedom of their portraits, informal scenes and landscapes was to revolutionize Scottish art. This book introduces the Glasgow Boys – among them James Guthrie, John Lavery, Arthur Melville, George Henry and David Gauld – and presents over 85 reproductions of their work.
Malcolm Root's Pageant of Transport
A Treasury of Transport Paintings from Times Past
In this third collection of his meticulously detailed paintings, Malcolm Root presents a chronological pageant of transport, tracing the development of travel by land, sea and air over the last century or so. Each painting sets the vehicles within an evocative, often nostalgic scene – such as the AEC lorry and Royal Navy airship at an airfield in 1919, or steam traction engines towing a locomotive through Glasgow in the 1950s – all accompanied by Tom Tyler’s informative narrative.
On Art's Romance with Design
An Eames chair or a Mies van der Rohe building, although functional designs, transcend their purpose to occupy a space between design and art, a category designated in this study as 'design art'. Charting 20th-century design across a range of media including furniture, interiors and architecture, Alex Coles explores the multi-disciplinary work of artists such as Matisse and Sonia Delaunay and examines examples of decorative or craft design work that could be considered art.
Listening to Stone
The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi
‘I’m an expatriate wherever I am’. Born to an American mother and Japanese father, Isamu Noguchi (1904–88) spent his life travelling restlessly around the world, synthesizing aesthetic values as he created items of furniture, massive sculptures and gardens. Drawing on Noguchi’s correspondence and illustrated with photographs of his work, this biography forms a meditation on art in a globalized milieu as it explores his journeys between East and West and his relationships with lovers and fellow-artists.
Monograph and Catalogue Raisonne 1974 –2004
These magnificent volumes present a descriptive catalogue of 2,215 works by the Nicaraguan painter, draughtsman and lithographer Armando Morales (1927–2011). The catalogue starts in 1974, at which time Morales had moved away from abstraction to painting the human form, still life and tropical landscapes. The volumes include a number of essays in French, Spanish or English, but all technical notes in the catalogue are in English. Slipcased.
Terry Frost (1915–2003) was one of Britain’s great abstract painters. His career spanned seven decades, starting with his introduction to art in a Second World War prisoner-of-war camp and stretching into the 21st century. First published in 2000, this was the first book to present the extent of Frost’s art, placing it within historical context and in relation to the work of his international contemporaries.
Clarrie Wallis reassesses the influences and legacy of Patrick Caulfield (1936–2005), who came to prominence through The New Generation exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1964 and whose iconic and vibrant paintings of modern life reinvigorated the subject matter of traditional still life, interiors and landscape.
Penelope Curtis, a Director of Tate Britain, describes the life and work of Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975) and provides an up-to-date survey of the contexts in which her art can currently be understood. The book examines the impetus behind the formal clarity of Hepworth’s sculpture and her attempt at ‘holding the beautiful thought’ through the difficult times in which she lived.