The Angels of Paul Klee
Throughout his life, Paul Klee created images of angels in several different formats, extending the historical interpretation of them to express a variety of sentiments. Boris Friedewald explores the significance of these representations for Klee, from his colourful lithographs of Angel Brings the Desired to his pastel Doubting Angel, drawn just before he died.
Journal: Fairy Story
With famous works of art, magnificently reproduced in colour on their embossed foil covers, silk page markers and scarlet endpapers, these journals could lend splendour to the most humble jottings. Each book has 176 ruled pages and a pocket for loose papers, and closes with a solid magnetic side flap.
This is a retrospective of the works of US-born painter William MacKendree (b.1948), surveying hundreds of postmodern-inspired pieces and exploring the development of a ‘vocabulary of signs’ within his work since the early 1980s. It includes an introductory essay and an extensive, in-depth interview on MacKendree’s themes and artistic philosophy. In French and English.
With over 100 reproductions this retrospective shows the range of art and the form of realism that Jamie Wyeth (b.1946) has pursued. The text explores the themes and subjects that he has expressed, from his early portraits to recent seascapes; the influence of his artistic heritage and the time he spent with Andy Warhol; and his place in American art.
Collecting the Marvellous
The Surrealist art of four private collections – those of Roland Penrose, Edward James, Gabrielle Keiller and Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch – was brought together for an exhibition mounted jointly by galleries in Edinburgh, Hamburg and Rotterdam. With essays on Surrealism and its collectors, this catalogue presents 158 reproductions, among them, many less familiar paintings by artists such as Mark Rothko and Picasso as well as works by the great Surrealists including Dalí, Duchamp, Magritte, Miró and Ernst.
A Marine Artist's Portfolio
The Nautical Paintings of Susanne Fournais
Denmark includes an archipelago of 400 islands and has a strong tradition of marine art. Inspired by this history, respected artist Susanne Fournais Grube has spent 30 years depicting not only boats and ships but also portside buildings and lighthouses. This collection showcases her style, which blends the decorative approach of classic 1930s illustration with the precision needed to capture details such as knots, rigging and masts.
The Wilton Diptych
The Wilton Diptych shows a young Richard II being presented to the Virgin and Child by John the Baptist and two sainted English kings; Richard, the attendant angels and the outer cover carry Richard’s badge: the white hart with golden antlers and crown. This study draws together recent scholarship to discuss this priceless and enigmatic medieval treasure, exploring the identity of the artist, the refined and subtle techniques of the painting, and its complex web of secular and religious allusion.
Vermeer and Music
The Art of Love and Leisure
Accompanying a National Gallery exhibition in 2013, this study of the significance of music in Dutch painting looks in particular at five paintings by Vermeer, including The Music Lesson (c.1662–3) on loan from the Royal Collection, and another 20 works by his contemporaries. These works by Vermeer and artists such as Jan Steen, Gabriel Metsu and Pieter de Hooch illustrate the important role of music in 17th-century Dutch art and culture.
El Greco to Goya
Velazquez’ portrait of the ageing Philip IV, the king he had served for over three decades, and Goya’s remarkable portrayal of the Duke of Wellington showing the stress of battle shortly after Salamanca are among the 38 paintings reproduced, with commentaries, in this short history and celebration of the Spanish paintings in the National Gallery’s collections.
A Closer Look
In celestial choirs, bearing souls up to heaven, with wings or without, as God’s messengers or warriors in armour: however they appear, angels are easily recognizable, their images familiar from centuries of Christian art. Erika Langmuir takes ‘a closer look’ at the various roles of angels, archangels and guardians depicted in paintings from the National Gallery collection, and traces the history of angels in the Christian tradition.
George Bellows and the Ashcan Painters
Inspired by Robert Henri’s insistence that artists should ‘make pictures from life’, the Ashcan group rejected Impressionism and academic realism in favour of a bold style that expressed the harsh reality of America’s urban poor in the early 1900s. Giving particular attention to twelve of George Bellows’ images, this introduction explores his work in the context of the wider movement.
Now living in the United States, award-winning painter Carlos Luna (b. 1969) continues to produce work that reflects his Cuban heritage and time spent in Mexico. This first monograph on the artist, with hundreds of reproductions of his images, explores his influences and use of word play and symbols, particularly the rooster, to convey his political beliefs and cultural background. Text in English and French.
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’.
John White Alexander
An American Artist in the Gilded Age
Although ranked alongside Whistler and Sargent as one of the leading portrait painters of his age, John White Alexander (1856–1915) earned critical acclaim for his figure paintings, which often showed women in evocative poses and flowing dresses. Illustrated with 90 images, this first in-depth biography discusses the artist’s childhood poverty, the influence of his muse Juliette Very, and how he used techniques learned from his contemporaries to create his own style.
Tessa Newcomb's Paris
Based on a love of Atget’s evocative photographs, Tessa Newcomb visited Paris repeatedly from 2007–12, making drawings from which to paint intimate vignettes of everyday Parisien life – a woman daintily eating in a patisserie, birds on sale at a local market, chess players in the shade of trees. A hundred of her watercolours and oils are reproduced in this volume, with her written observations about the scenes that inspired her.
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.
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.
Horses of the Great War
The Story in Art
Full-blown cavalry charges were a feature of the First World War right up to the final months, in spite of the introduction of the machine gun, while horses were also a key part of supply lines. The contemporary illustrations in this volume accompany an extended history of the equestrian war, revealing how they were sourced from around the world and often kept in awful conditions with only rudimentary veterinary care.
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.
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.
Turn of the Fire
Ruth Baumgarte (1923–2013) began to explore Africa as an observer in the 1950s and, from 1984, as an artist, making sketches and studies in southern African countries. Her work, remarkable in its exotic colours and observation of landscape, people and social context, was the subject of an exhibition at the Ludwig Museum, Koblenz: this accompanying volume includes essays in German, English and French and reproductions of 85 paintings, watercolours and drawings.
William Merritt Chase
Having studied in Munich in the 1870s, William Merritt Chase (1849–1916) returned to New York and began developing an American version of Impressionism, depicting modern subjects and particularly the ‘new women’ of urban America. This short biography, illustrated with around 50 reproductions, introduces Chase’s life and his significant contribution to American art.
O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith
Representing modernism in America and Australia, the artists featured in the 2016–17 Making Modernism exhibition defied convention to depict the complexity of the 20th century in their own way. The accompanying catalogue contains essays focusing on 14 individual works, and how they reflect their creator’s innovative approaches to still life, landscape and identity; a further 51 images; a short biography of each painter; and a timeline tracing their careers.
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.
The Life of Titian
The Life of Titian (1648) by the Venetian artist and writer Carlo Ridolfi, documents Titian’s life and work, but also counters Vasari’s earlier, somewhat negative appraisal of Venice and its artists. An invaluable source of information on Titian, the text is translated here by Julia and Peter Bondanella, with an introduction by Bruce Cole and an essay by Jody Robin Shiffman comparing the writings of Vasari and Ridolfi.
Five Centuries of British Painting
From Holbein to Hodgkin
Andrew Wilton provides a highly illustrated overview of British art over the past five hundred years, from hesitant beginnings under the influence of Holbein up to 20th Century Modernism as embodied by the Bloomsbury Group. Slightly off-mint.
Early Greek Vase Painting
11th–6th Centuries BC
John Boardman traces the development of Greek vase painting before the Classical period, from the ‘Dark Ages’, through the Geometric and Orientalizing styles, to the regional schools of the 6th century, which competed with the dominant Corinthian and Athenian painters.
Vermeer's Mistress and Maid
Vermeer’s Mistress and Maid (1666–68) was purchased by the American steel magnate Henry Clay Frick in 1919 and is now one of the most important paintings in the Frick Collection, New York. Handsomely illustrated with reproductions of works by Vermeer and his contemporaries, this volume looks at the painting of the maid handing a letter to her mistress from two perspectives, with an art historical essay by Margaret Iacono and an appreciation by the film director James Ivory.
Holbein's Sir Thomas More
This was the first book in the Frick Diptych series in which each volume focuses on a single masterpiece from the Frick Collection in New York. The painting under scrutiny is Hans Holbein the Younger’s famous portrait of Sir Thomas More (1527), and Xavier Saloman’s in-depth account discusses both artist and sitter, their relationship and their historical context. The book includes ‘A letter to Thomas More, Knight’, a contribution from the historical novelist Hilary Mantel.
The Young Dürer
Drawing the Figure
Now in the Courtauld Gallery, Albrecht Dürer’s double-sided drawing, A Wise Virgin, dating from 1493, was the starting point for an exhibition of works from the artist’s Wanderjahre, or journeyman years, between 1490 and 1495. First published to accompany that exhibition, this volume offers an intense study of Dürer’s early drawing, with five essays and extensive, illustrated commentary on each of the 51 exhibits reproduced, including works by contemporaries of the artist.
De László in Holland
Dutch Masterpieces by Philip Alexius de László (1869–1937)
Famous across Europe as a portrait painter whose sitters included British royalty and an American president, the Hungarian-born artist Philip de László went to the Netherlands in 1901, with a commission from the Van Loon family, and afterwards became very popular with Holland’s cosmopolitan sociey. This catalogue of an exhibition at Museum Van Loon in Amsterdam presents reproductions and commentary on 50 Dutch portraits, along with illustrated essays on the artist and the art of portraiture.
Vatican Art Deck
Exploring the treasures of the Vatican’s museums, palaces and the Basilica of St Peter, this set of 100 cards covers ancient sculpture and details of Renaissance architecture as well as frescos and paintings by Michelangelo, Raphael, Fra Angelico, Titian, Caravaggio, Poussin and many others. Each card measures 162 x 162 mm, with a reproduction or photograph on one side and a description of the work by the art historian Anja Grebe on the reverse. Boxed set.
Impressionists in their Gardens
Monet at Giverny, Renoir at Les Collettes, the American Impressionist Childe Hassam in Celia Thaxter’s garden at Appledore, and, contemporary with the Impressionists, Gertrude Jekyll’s creation of Munstead Wood; these are among the artists and the inspirational gardens described and illustrated – by both paintings and photographs – in this unusual study.
From Chelsea Physic Garden
The Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society was founded in 1995 to record the flora of this historic botanic garden. It has since generated an extensive archive of meticulously executed artworks and this volume reproduces over 70 watercolours by the finest contemporary illustrators. Ranging from ferns and flowers to woodland trees, each full-page illustration is accompanied by notes about the plant and its use in traditional and modern medicine.
Painting the Impressionistic Landscape
Exploring Light and Color in Watercolor and Acrylic
Focusing on trees, flowers and seascapes, this illustrated manual explains how to identify the elements of a scene that capture its essence and develop them to create a personal vision in the spirit of the Impressionists. Aimed at landscape painters of all levels, advice is also given on tools and materials, the transition from plein air to the studio, and techniques including wax resist and scraping for texture.
Musée du Louvre
Among over 120 full-page details of paintings in this volume are the naked feet of Christ, Napoleon’s gold-embroidered boots and the discarded pink slipper of Ingres’ La Baigneuse de Valpinçon. Posing the question, ‘How can we decipher the mysteries – or the enigmas – concealed in this fragmentary narrative?’ Margo Glantz discusses this intriguing way of approaching art and the meanings that feet and shoes can convey. The full paintings appear at the end of the book.
The art historian Katy Norris presents the first account of the short life and prolific career of the British artist Christopher Wood (1902–1930), illustrated with over 130 reproductions and photographs of his paintings, drawings and stage designs. Norris provides analysis of the works and discusses the influence of fellow artists in Cornwall and Cumbria, Wood’s engagement with the Parisian avant-garde, and the ‘gathering storm clouds’ of his final year in Brittany.
Sir Patric Spens
The Background of the Ballad and the Vision of the Artist – Robert Burns, Limner
This Scots ballad, about a ship’s captain sent on a fateful voyage, was strikingly illustrated by Robert Burns (1869–1941). His version is reproduced here with a selection of his other work; essays cover the ballad’s origins and music, Burns’ biography and his use of heraldry. Off-mint.
George, Constant and Kit
The former poet laureate tells the story of three generations of an artistic family: George, a leading Australian painter; Constant, a composer-conductor; and Kit, who managed rock group The Who. With cultural insights into topics ranging from revivalist art and classical music to post-war ballet and pop, this book depicts a family whose artistic urges were frequently undermined by internecine strife and self-destructive tendencies.
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.
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.
Rhythms of Modern Life
British Prints 1914–1939
From images of the first industrial war by Edward Wadsworth, Paul Nash and CRW Nevinson, to Sybil Andrews’s abstract illustrations of urban life, this catalogue examines the impact of Continental Futurism and Cubism on British modernist printmakers. The book focuses on 13 artists, with reproductions of over 100 prints, arranged thematically by subject matter and stylistic direction, and essays on linocut block printing and the Grosvenor School artists. The catalogue accompanied an exhibition held in Boston and New York.
The Bachelor Stripped Bare
Duchamp (1887–1968) is now seen as a critical figure in the development of modern art thanks to his provocative conceptual works of the 1910s and his association with important post-war collectors such as Peggy Guggenheim. This biography examines an unusual career that produced few artworks and involved years of studying and playing chess.
Treasures of World Art
This first volume in The Hermitage Collections showcases the masterpieces collected by successive Russian rulers and the splendour in which they are displayed. Ranging from Ancient Greece and Rome to 18th-century European sculpture, the artworks offer an encyclopedic view of world culture as well as an insight into the personal tastes of the country’s elite. An introductory essay explaining the history of the building and collection precedes over 250 photographs of the museum and its treasures. Slightly off-mint.
Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry
Although an accomplished draftsman and painter, Coecke was famed amongst his contemporaries for his complex tapestry designs, which were acquired by rulers including Henry VIII and the Medici. Focusing on 20 tapestries and produced to accompany an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this well-illustrated volume explores the development of his style, and the scale, innovation and mastery of colour that epitomize his contribution to Renaissance art in Flanders.
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.
Masterpieces of Art
After Michael Robinson’s succinct, illustrated essay tracing the progress of the Impressionist movement from Édouard Manet’s Music in the Tuileries Gardens (1862) to Monet’s Waterlilies (1903), this volume from the Masterpieces of Art series presents 88 full-page reproductions of some of the greatest Impressionist works. In three sections – paintings of modern life, landscape and domesticity – the selection includes Renoir’s The Theatre Box (1874), Degas’ L’Absinthe, and The Sea at L’Estaque (1878) by Cézanne.
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. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context.
This is Gauguin
After a brief spell in Peru as an infant, Paul Gauguin’s life is characterized by his travel to different parts of France and its colonies. The Breton peasants and indigenous Tahitians he encountered became a major influence on his work. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context.
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, yet 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.
Emerging from the Shadows
Frank Holl is an overlooked Victorian talent who tragically worked himself to death at the age of 33. He was one of Van Gogh’s favourite English painters and an influence on the great artist. As a portrait painter he has been compared to Watts and Millais, but it was the darkness of Holl’s social realism, bleak depictions of poverty and of the underworld, that resonated with his contemporary admirers. This illustrated volume is the first retrospective and reappraisal of this significant British artist.
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.
And the Industry of Painting | The World in the Workbench
In a scholarly, richly illustrated study of the mid-17th-century Neapolitan art world, Marshall charts the links between the artisans, painters and dealers of this bustling city and its wealthy patrons and consumers of art. Among the topics examined are the working lives of artists, the process of buying and selling cabinet pictures, the rise of the exhibition, and the careers of successful artists such as Luca Giordano, Jusepe de Ribera and Massimo Stanzione.
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.