The Marine Paintings of Smitheman
An experienced hobby sailor, painter Francis Smitheman brings his own sense of the sea as well as extensive historical research and a profound respect for the classical masters to his maritime pictures. This collection of his oil paintings, completed over a period of 30 years, contains a series of pictures of Nelson’s battles, scenes from the Pool of London in the age of sail, polar exploration vessels and imagined historic scenes at famous ports.
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.
The Spirit of Indian Painting
Close Encounters with 101 Great Works 1100–1900
For Professor Goswamy, an Indian painting ‘presents to us a layered world of meaning’, and his analysis and commentary on each of these 101 paintings encourages the reader to explore them with ‘eyes, mind and heart’. The works are in four sections: Visions, depicting imagined sights such as gods, heroes or the Cosmic Egg; Observation, picturing real scenes and people; Passion, with works inspired by poetry or emotion; and Contemplation, expressed in paintings of holy men.
Monet's Water Lilies
The Agapanthus Triptych
Although Claude Monet intended the three water lily paintings he named Agapanthus to stay together, the panels were bought by three different American galleries in the late 1950s. In 2011, the paintings were reunited and exhibited as a triptych at the Saint Louis Art Museum. This volume, with an essay by the curator Simon Kelly, a technical study by Mary Schafer and Johanna Bernstein and a wealth of photographs and reproductions, accompanied the exhibition.
Raphael's Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn
Raphael’s most haunting painting has tantalized art-lovers for centuries. Published to accompany a major US exhibition, this illustrated study explains the portrait’s historical context, its links to Petrarch’s poetry, and its relation to Leonardo’s Mona Lisa.
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.
Charting the life and career of Abigail McLellan (1969–2009), Sturgis describes how her childhood obsession with ‘making’ culminated in a place at Glasgow School of Art. Choosing portraiture, she often exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, though her real passion lay in painting flowers and nature. This first monograph of the artist is richly illustrated with photographs and reproductions that reflect her boundless creative energy, even as she was losing her battle with MS.
A Painter's Life
This first full-length biography of Terry Frost traces his life from his working-class upbringing in the Midlands, a four-year stint as a prisoner of war on Crete where he experienced the artist’s calling, his first abstract phase during the early years in St Ives, his major stylistic periods, coinciding with moves upcountry and travel abroad, and his subsequent return to St Ives in 1974, which inspired the colourful geometry of his later work.
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.
A Short Book About Painting
Writing ‘for people who enjoy looking at paintings and for people who paint’, Andrew Marr aims to help readers understand what they see when they are looking at art – particularly contemporary art – and how to improve as painters. Using his own paintings as examples of failures, and the works of artists including Patrick Heron, Robert Rauschenberg and Sarah Lucas, Marr addresses fundamental questions about taste, colour, motif, and the appreciation of modern art.
The world of fantasy artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell is one of muscle-bound heroes, beautiful - and also muscle-bound - women, dragons and monsters in other-worldly and often violent landscapes. In this volume the two artists present 145 reproductions of recent, previously unpublished images, and chapters telling their own stories and discussing elements of their art. With the book, inside the back cover, there is a set of ten limited edition art prints.
Painting at the Edge
British Coastal Art Colonies 1880–1930
St Ives, now a centre for modern British art, was one of many coastal art colonies established in small rural communities around the country in the late 19th century. Often linked by friendships made while studying, the artists offered mutual support ranging from shared studio space to marriage. With more than 100 reproductions and archive photographs, this collective study looks at eight such communities: Newlyn, Lamorna, St Ives, Walberswick, Staithes, Cullercoats, Cockburnspath and Kirkcudbright.
Water Lilies & The Garden of Giverny
In 1883, Claude Monet sailed his studio boat down the Seine and came upon a farmhouse in the tiny hamlet of Giverny. It was here that he would spend the rest of his life, creating the gardens and lily ponds that inspired his best-known works. Richly illustrated with many of his paintings, this magnificent book explores his life and art, his subtle mastery of light, and the creation of the Grandes Decorations that now hang in the Orangerie in Paris.
The Art Deco Jester King
While the work of Paris (1894-1945) fits the category of Art Deco, it has an idiosyncratic style that can be ghoulish and even grotesque in his depiction of clowns, jesters, devils and temptresses. In this volume, the story of the artist’s life is illustrated with photographs and his own sketches, while the plates that follow show the broad range of his work, from comical porcelain dogs to a woodcut self-portrait, bronze and ivory decorated lamps and statuettes.
This study of the Genoese artist Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–1664) is the result of a collaboration between the Denver Art Museum and the Royal Collection, with its unrivalled holdings of Castiglione’s works in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. Reproducing over 90 paintings and dry-brush drawings and illustrating a further 30 details, the catalogue offers a new appraisal of the artist’s works, his life and volatile personality, and his position within 17th-century art.
‘Thomas Gainsborough lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends.’ A gentle, empathetic family man, he also had a volatile streak that could lead him to slash his paintings, and a loose way of talking that shocked society. This biography reveals how an easygoing Suffolk lad was propelled to the highest echelons of Georgian Bath and London by his vast natural talent, and explores the contradictions of this complex and charismatic painter.
Themes and Variations
Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) earned his living and his fame through portraiture, but enjoyed and valued painting landscape above the ‘curs’d face business’. Published to accompany the first exhibition devoted solely to his landscape paintings and drawings, and illustrated with 35 finished works and 23 drawings and variations, this volume reveals the themes to which Gainsborough returned again and again, among them the ‘modesty of nature’, ‘quietness and ease’ and evening light.
War Artists in Afghanistan
Beyond The Wire
Jules George travelled to Helmand as a war artist in 2010, in the wake of its bloodiest year for British troops. This book reproduces his sketches, watercolours and oil paintings, along with the work of four other artists who documented that conflict. Against the vast beauty of the Afghan landscape, they capture the experience of soldiers on patrol or caught in a firefight. Each artist’s work is accompanied by his or her first-hand account of war in Afghanistan.
The Hardy Family of Artists
Frederick Daniel, George, Heywood, James and Their Descendants
From James Hardy senior (1801–1879), who painted portrait miniatures in the 1820s, the traditions and skills of painting were handed down through generations of the Hardy family, whose members included some of the leading genre and animal painters of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Drawing on a collection of unpublished letters, documents and photographs inherited from the artists’ descendants, Kimber Hardy presents the first comprehensive assessment of their work.
Annibale Carracci's Venus, Adonis & Cupid
This book accompanied an exhibition at the Museo Nacional del Prado which aimed to present the newly cleaned and restored masterpiece by the Bolognese painter Annibale Carracci (1560–1609) and to set the painting in its artistic context. Two further, richly illustrated essays describe the conservation of the work and analyse the way in which Carracci’s painting – his ‘image of beauty’ – is constructed.
Canaletto, Hogarth and Patriotism
During the years 1746–1755, Canaletto (1697–1768) was working in Britain, painting urban views which often celebrated the latest achievements in architecture and engineering. This book, like the exhibition that it accompanied, discusses 60 works as it sets Canaletto’s British paintings in the broad context of the country’s growing assurance and prosperity. The four essays also discuss the work of Hogarth and contemporary British artists, and another manifestation of the nation’s confidence, the cult of King Alfred.
Painting the Toon
Geordie painter John Coatsworth stumbled across his signature style in 1997 when he made a sketch of St James's Park stadium, bending the shapes and perspective to create vibrancy, rhythm and flow. His subsequent vibrantly coloured 'curvation' paintings quickly gained local commissions and an army of fans through cards and prints. This retrospective collection includes early works in different styles as well as his popular paintings of Newcastle and the North East.
The Intelligence of Tradition in Rajput Court Painting
Why did Rajastani court artists make the formal choices that characterize their tradition? In this series of in-depth studies, each illustrated with numerous reproductions of rare paintings, Aitken shows how traditional formal devices served as vital components of narrative meaning, expressions of social unity and sources of intellectual play; and she explores the relevance of Rajput court painting to contemporary art.
Painting Under Pressure
Fame, Reputation and Demand in Renaissance Florence
Analysing the lives and work of four artists in 15th-century Italy – Alessandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Pietro Perugino and Filippino Lippi – Michelle O’Malley explores the impact of economics on Renaissance art. She looks at how the growing demand for art exerted pressure on these sought-after painters who all produced high volumes of work; how they maintained quality; and how judgements made under economic pressures can be traced in specific paintings.
Gainsborough's Cottage Doors
An Insight into the Artist's Last Decade
Inspired by the recent identification of a third autograph version of Thomas Gainsborough’s late masterpiece The Cottage Door in the Huntington Art Collections in San Marino, California, this book examines the multiple versions of designs that the artist produced in the 1780s. It demonstrates how, without the pressure of exhibiting annually or finishing commissioned portraits, Gainsborough’s work became more personal and more thoughtful.
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.
The Erotic Sentiment
In the Paintings of India & Nepal
Since ancient times, Oriental cultures have viewed lovemaking as one of the highest forms of spiritual and artistic expression. Great artists illustrated exquisite erotic manuals known as pillow-books to instruct newlyweds in the art of love. This book reproduces 65 of the finest of these paintings, with an introduction, explanatory commentary and translations from authentic Tantric writings. Sexually explicit.
The Visitors' Book
In Francis Bacon's Shadow: The Lives of Richard Chopping and Denis Wirth-Miller
When the artists Richard Chopping and Denis Wirth-Miller died, their friend Jon Lys Turner inherited a vast archive of letters and diaries. These writings reveal a remarkable tale of talent and transgression, of a group of largely gay young men who pushed boundaries in their art and their relationships against a backdrop of wild nights in Fitzrovia; of artistic fame and week-long parties at their cottage in Wivenhoe, Essex; and, towering over it all, the brilliant, disturbing figure of Francis Bacon.