400 Japanese Motifs
The crane and the cherry blossom commonly feature in Japanese art but animals and plant motifs of all kinds can be found in the unique and highly influential decorative tradition. This sourcebook draws on Japanese designs found on a range of works from silk kimonos and delicately glazed porcelain vessels to paintings and temple bronzes. The accompanying CD contains all 400 motifs.
Varieties of Romantic Experience
British, Danish, Dutch, French, and German Drawings from the Collection of Charles Ryskamp
This catalogue from the Yale Center for British Art exhibition highlights Romanticism’s focus on emotion, imagination and nature, and considers the movement as an international phenomenon. With over 200 drawings, it compares works by British artists such as Turner, Blake and Constable with those by Northern European artists, including Degas, Delacroix and Corot. By focusing on specific subjects – trees, ruins, boats – it draws parallels and contrasts between their approaches.
Roman Art from the Louvre
The Louvre holds an extensive and varied collection of Roman art spanning eight centuries, from which more than 180 items, both famous and lesser-known, are illustrated and discussed in this volume. They include portrait sculptures of prominent men and women, sarcophagus reliefs and a range of dinner and serving ware. Introductory essays explain how scholars have interpreted Roman art, how the museum’s collection was acquired and how a recent restoration programme has enriched our knowledge.
The Jains are one of India’s great heterodox communities but their doctrines are little known in the rest of the world. Among these ideas are Jain scholars’ precisely detailed descriptions of the cosmos as a gigantic theatre where souls play out their role. This volume comprises more than 100 illustrations from manuscripts of classical texts on cosmology, each accompanied by a commentary on the concepts that it represents. Slightly off-mint.
Lucien Clergue: Brasília
Lucien Clergue, the notable French photographer and friend of Picasso, was invited by the architect Oscar Niemeyer to photograph the futuristic city of Brasília in the 1960s. Accompanied by informative essays, this collection of the resulting images is a tribute to the spectacular curves and brutal monoliths of modernist architecture and the movement’s vision of a future that never quite happened.
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.
Issue Twenty Three
NC Wyeth (1882–1945), one of the most influential illustrators of the early 20th century, is featured here, along with the master of fantasy artwork, Virgil Finlay; the character designer Bobby Chiu; and the 1960s illustrators of myth and legend, Anne and Janet Johnstone.
Three artists are featured in substantial illustrated articles in this issue: the British illustrator John Millar Watt, a frequent contributor to the Look and Learn and Picture Library series; the Serbian fantasy painter Petar Meseldžija; and the children’s book illustrator Davd Ashford.
The Fantasy Art of Oliver Frey
Roger Kean traces the career of the commercial artist Oliver Frey from the 1980s to 2006, then presents a gallery of his artworks – many of them from Crash magazine – arranged by topics including monsters and aliens, space travel, mechanical mayhem and heroes and villains.
Ron Embleton's Wulf the Briton
The Complete Adventures
In competition with Dan Dare in the Eagle, Wulf the Briton was the star of rival comic Express Weekly and enjoyed his heyday in the hands of artist Ron Pembleton between 1957 and 1960. The complete Pembleton-era adventures of the ancient-world hero are reproduced at full size in this large-format volume, which also includes stories from the Express Weekly Annuals and features about the strip and its celebrated artist.
Masterpieces of Art
From early topographical watercolours to the great masterpieces of expression and light such as The Fighting 'Temeraire' (1839) and Rain, Steam and Speed (1844), this book offers a lucid introduction to the work of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851). Ormiston's illustrated text is followed by around 90 full-page reproductions of Turner's paintings, arranged thematically in sections on landscape and light, the sea, and history and mythology.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Masterpieces of Art
The 'best-known living architect in Europe' during his lifetime, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is still admired today as an innovative architect, craftsman, designer and artist. This volume from the 'Masterpieces of Art' series presents Mackintosh's finest works as well as some lesser-known details and pieces by his wife and collaborator, Margaret Macdonald. After an illustrated introduction, the book contains colour photographs of around 90 examples, including buildings, tea rooms, watercolours and interiors.
Masterpieces of Art
A hugely influential artist, Paul Klee (1879–1940) eludes classification. During a prolific career he produced astonishing artworks full of colour, inspired by his many travels and by time spent at the revolutionary Bauhaus. Beginning with Susie Hodge's introductory essay, this fresh look at Klee's art presents some 90 reproductions aranged in three sections: early mystical and abstract subjects, works from his years at the Bauhaus and in Dusseldorf, and the late works. Masterpieces of Art series.
Art Nouveau Posters
Masterpieces of Art
At the end of the 19th century, advertising and Art Nouveau joined forces in a new and vibrant art form – the poster. Created to promote everything from absinthe to bicycle chains, posters by artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha have outlived the products they so vividly advertise. After an introduction to their origins and cultural context, this book presents 100 posters, many of them now, like Steinlen's Cabaret du Chat Noir, iconic images.
Masterpieces of Art
Art historian Susie Hodge presents an accessible and beautifully illustrated introduction to the work of Gustav Klimt (1862–1918), one of the founders of the Vienna Secession and often regarded as the greatest painter of the Art Nouveau period. An illustrated account of his life and artistic development is followed by around 90 full-page colour reproductions in sections on Klimt's early work, his golden phase, landscapes and portraits.
Masterpieces of Art
The purity and austerity of the work of Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) radically changed painting and attitudes towards it, and also had a profound influence on architecture and design. Here, Susie Hodge traces the artist's life and the development of his art in an illustrated essay accompanying a gallery of 90 reproductions of works, arranged chronologically from the naturalist paintings of the 1890s to Victory Boogie Woogie, left unfinished at Mondrian's death in New York in 1944.
Masterpieces of Art
Julian Beecroft's introduction to the great Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) is accompanied by a wonderful selection of his paintings, including striking portraits of himself and Claude Monet in 1865 and many famous depictions of Paris and Parisians, including La Loge (1874), Madame Charpentier and her Children (1878) and The Umbrellas (c.1881–86).
Masterpieces of Art
Rosalind Ormiston describes the tragically short yet prolific career of the Austrian Expressionist artist Egon Schiele (1890–1918) and presents a selection of his work that includes landscapes and still lifes as well as the well-known figurative works such as Seated Woman with Bent Knee (1917) and The Embrace (1917), and some of his many self-portraits.
Clerics and Connoisseurs
An Irish Art Collection Through Three Centuries
The author of The Gentleman’s and Connoisseur’s Dictionary of Painters (1770), the Rev Matthew Pilkington was himself a great connoisseur: this exhibition catalogue examines his and his family’s collection through seven generations, with reproductions and commentary on over 100 paintings. Slightly off-mint.
The Wedding at Cana
The wedding at Cana in Galilee was the occasion of Jesus' first miracle, turning the water into wine. In Veronese's vision, the village wedding is transformed into a sumptuous feast, held amid magnificent buildings. Not least among the strange details explored by Carminati are the identities of the guests and musicians.
Regarding Thomas Rowlandson 1757–1827
His Life, Art & Acquaintance
Along with his contemporary Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson (1757–1827) was the greatest graphic satirist of Georgian England, whose scurrilous cartoons mercilessly lampooned the follies of his age and its rulers. Yet he kept no diary and wrote few letters, so little is known about him. Drawing on newspapers, church records and other contemporary accounts, this fully illustrated study sheds new light on Rowlandson's family background, artistic training and professional associations, his travels in Britain and abroad, and his friendships.
A Series of Original Portraits and Character Etchings
Previously a surgeon-barber, John Kay (1742–1826) set up shop as a portrait etcher in Edinburgh in 1785. Published in 1837–8 and commonly called Edinburgh Portraits, this work presents, in no particular order, around 300 of Kay's etchings of people from all walks of Edinburgh life, with 'biographical' sketches and 'illustrative anecdotes' by James Paterson. These volumes are facsimiles of the first edition. Limited edition of 600. Slipcased.
June and Alwyn Crawshaw
Their Story, Their Paintings
Great communicators as well as artists, Alwyn Crawshaw, and latterly his wife June, have encouraged millions of people around the world to take up painting as a hobby through their books, videos and television series. This celebration of their work includes a brief biography of the couple and reproductions of over 130 of their popular paintings, in both oil and watercolour, ranging from June's studies of flowers and animals to Alwyn's atmospheric landscapes in the UK and abroad.
Sacred and Profane Love
Titian's enigmatic masterpiece Sacred and Profane Love (1514) shows two young women, one in a sumptuous white gown, the other naked, standing on either side of a pool in which Cupid stirs the water. Zuffi's study reveals the painting, with its wealth of symbolism, as the wedding gift of a Venetian official to his bride.
Experimental Ideas for Contemporary Lettering
Hand-drawn lettering is very much in vogue in modern graphic design. This practical guide shows how to produce colourful and contemporary effects with creative letterforms. There are clear explanations of the basic techniques of letter construction, spacing and relative proportion but the book takes a looser, more intuitive approach than traditional calligraphy, with projects and exercises that use everyday writing tools and materials rather than specialist precision equipment.
Chapels and Chapel People
The Chapel Society’s second ‘Miscellany’ presents four illustrated essays: studies of chapel people in Berkshire in 1851, the year in which Nonconformist numbers and locations were recorded in the census; Unitarians and ecclesiology in Northern England; the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Manchester, built by Edgar Wood; and the ecclesiastical work of the Congregationalist architect, Thomas Lewis Banks (1842–1920).
The Chronology of Pattern
Pattern in Art from Lotus Flower to Flower Power
A richly illustrated sourcebook, this journey through 3,000 years of pattern styles reveals geographical and cultural contrasts and connections from late Bronze Age metalwork motifs to 21st-century fashion design. Including a visual timeline, analyses of elements of pattern, biographies of the great innovators and examples from textiles, paintings, mosaics, engravings and architecture from around the world, the book provides an inspirational design resource and an expert guide to the history and development of pattern in art.
Masterpieces of Art
After a fresh and thoughtful introduction to the history and techniques of medieval manuscript illumination, this book goes on to present 90 reproductions of some of the finest examples in the collections of the British Library. Among the famous manuscripts represented are the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Saluces Hours, the Bedford Hours and the Bible Historiale from the Netherlands. The examples are in three parts: Venerable Depictions, Bible Stories and Secular Works.
Masterpieces of Art
After an introductory chapter on Japanese woodblock printing in the Edo period, its artists, schools and its influence on western art, this book presents around 90 masterpieces by key artists. The prints are in sections on beautiful women, landscapes, kabuki theatre and flora and fauna, and include such famous works as The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai, Kuniyoshi's powerful portrayals of kabuki actors and Hiroshige's Carp and River Trout from his 'Collection of Fish'.
Man Ray in Paris
Man Ray arrived in Paris from New York in 1921 and was to stay there until 1940. As a painter he sought out the Parisian avant-garde and soon became an influential figure in the Dada and Surrealist movements; and as a photographer he was able to earn a living. Following an illustrated introduction, this book reproduces 74 photographs, including portraits, ‘rayographs’ and experiments such as solarization, that illustrate Man Ray’s seminal role in elevating photography to an art form.
Wildlife and Western Heroes
Alexander Phimister Proctor, Sculptor
During his long life, Alexander Phimister Proctor (1860-1950) was acclaimed by both the public and the art establishment worldwide as the foremost sculptor of Western themes. This first comprehensive monograph explores his unique combination of the Beaux Arts aesthetic and the exhilaration of the American frontier, and charts his own richly adventurous life. Lavishly illustrated, it also provides a chronology and a full listing of Proctor's public works.
The Complete Prints
Howard Hodgkin's prints represent an extraordinary body of work, a parallel and very different achievement from his paintings. They have been internationally celebrated and passionately collected, yet this is the first comprehensive survey and catalogue raisonné of the prints. The book includes a major essay by Nan Rosenthal of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and an interview with Hodgkin, along with 83 colour and 126 duotone reproductions. Plus a chronology and bibliography.
Classic Hollywood Style
Iconic costumes from the golden era of Hollywood are indelibly associated with particular stars and films. With over 150 photographs, and featuring screen stars such as Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe, this book explores how cinema's most glamorous costumes were created and how you can get the look today. Focusing on 34 classic films, including Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Bonnie and Clyde, the book also tells the stories of the designers, some of whom became stars themselves.
On Connoisseurship and Reason in the Authentication of Art
Forty years ago, in a quiet Swiss resort, police impounded a collection of paintings, many attributed to Van Gogh. The scandal sent one man to prison and another, ruined, to an early grave. That cause celebre provides the starting point for this lavishly illustrated history of connoisseurship. Tracing the development of a body of expert opinion, it asks searching questions about who decides the authenticity of a work of art, and on what grounds.
The Life and Works of Alfred Bestall
Illustrator of Rupert Bear
Alfred Edmeades Bestall (1892–1986) is best known as the illustrator of Rupert Bear's adventures from 1935 to 1965. This biography, written by his god-daughter, who inherited his early work, diaries and journals, reveals the true breadth of Bestall's work and reproduces artworks for Tatler and other magazines, book illustrations and watercolours as well as Rupert pictures. The second half of the book comprises Bestall's sketchbooks and journals from Wales, Egypt, the Middle East and Europe. Foreword by Sir Paul McCartney. Off-mint.
Art Deco Master of Graphic Art and Illustration
The Russian emigré artist Romain de Tirtoff is best known by the phonetic French rendering of his initials: Erté – and for many, Erté is Art Deco. In the course of his long life he was key to the development of the style in the 1920s, and lived to see its revival in the 1970s. This elegant, sumptuously illustrated volume surveys his life and work, including his jewellery, furnishings, magazine covers for Harper's and his seminal sets for the Ziegfeld Follies.
The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin
Founded in the 1830s by the multi-talented Edmund Sharpe, the Lancaster firm of Sharpe, Paley and Austin went on to become the greatest provincial architectural practice in Victorian and Edwardian England. This book charts the firm's history for the first time, explaining how it secured commissions through a web of personal and family connections; and, with a wealth of photographs, it illustrates the urban and rural churches, country houses, schools and infirmaries built by the company.
The Photography of Bedford Lemere & Co
A selection from the English Heritage archive of some 25,000 photographs taken by professional architectural photographers Bedford Lemere between the 1870s and the late 1920s, this volume focuses on the period after 1890 and offers a view of Britain at the height of its wealth and power. Accompanied by Cooper's introduction, the photographs are arranged by themes, including public buildings, commerce and industry, transport and technology, leisure and entertainment and life at home during the Great War.
The Glasgow Boys
In Your Pocket
The Glasgow Boys, a group of young artists that included James Guthrie, John Lavery, Arthur Melville, George Henry and Edward Atkinson Hornel, revolutionized Scottish painting in the years between 1880 and 1895. William Hardie gives a pocket-sized and authoritative introduction to the artists, their fresh, realist views of the Scottish countryside and Scottish people, and the social background to their art.
James Chambury: Colour, Light and Shade
Painting in East Anglia and Beyond
James Chambury devoted the second part of his life to painting the Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk scenery, and his pictures show a concern with the effects of light on the landscape. Those familiar with East Anglia will recognize fishing boats on the beach at Aldeburgh and scenes from the villages of Blakeney and Wells-next-the-Sea on the north Norfolk coast. With over 70 colour plates and a fully illustrated introduction, this book is a wonderful celebration of a prolific English artist.