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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nature's Instantaneous Text
Trevor Felcey is one of British art's best-kept secrets, a prolific creator of landscapes, still-lifes, portraits and nudes, which bear comparison with the finest work of his contemporaries Euan Uglow and Maggi Hambling. This first full-length book on the artist features 150 of his paintings, drawings and prints spanning half a century, and explores his techniques and preoccupations – above all, his intense observation of nature, seen at its most resonant and powerful in his magnificent drawings of trees.
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.
My Father and Edward Ardizzone
A Lasting Friendship
The artist Augustin Booth-Clibborn and illustrator Edward Ardizzone met as art students and remained friends until Augustin, by far the elder of the two, died in 1969. In this brief, personal account of their long friendship by Augustin's son, the warmth and affection of the Booth-Clibborn and Ardizzone homes in north London is evoked by the 30 Christmas cards, drawn and signed by Ardizzone, and presented here in full-page reproductions. Slightly off-mint.
The Counter-Arts Conspiracy
Art and Industry in the Age of Blake
William Blake thought that the art establishment of Georgian England was controlled by 'a gang of cunning hired knaves' conspiring to suppress genuine originality and creativity. This ground-breaking study examines the reasons for his belief, and sets it against the political, commercial, religious and technological conditions of the day. Extensively illustrated with contemporary prints, the study also casts light on the crisis that affected English painting at the time, and on Blake's unique response to the birth of mass communication.
The Radio Times
101 Classic Covers
First published in 1923, the Radio Times sold 11 million copies a week at its peak. Over the years it has commissioned the finest illustrators and photographers to create its covers, which together can serve as a visual history of national culture. This set of postcards includes designs from the radio age to covers featuring Daleks, royal weddings and other popular events, programmes and personalities up to the present day.
Art Deco Fashion
Masterpieces of Art
After an account of the Art Deco style, its fashion designers and artists, and the lifestyle and look of the women who wore the clothes, Gordon Kerr presents a gallery of over 100 of the movement's best illustrations. The reproductions include fashion plates and other artworks by artists such as Georges Barbier, Tamara de Lempicka and, of course, Erté (Romain de Tirtoff). Masterpieces of Art series.
Arts and Crafts
Masterpieces of Art
Beginning with Michael Robinson's introduction to the 'New Aesthetic' of the Arts and Crafts Movement, this volume presents around 90 reproductions of textile, ceramics and wallpaper designs and miscellaneous artworks by some of the movement's finest artists. Along with perennially popular designs by CFA Voysey, William Morris and John Henry Dearle, there are less familiar works, including Edward Burne-Jones's stained-glass Viking Ship and The Tree of Personal Effort, a watercolour by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Masterpieces of Art
Edvard Munch (1863–1944), the Norwegian artist who created the famous Expressionist painting The Scream, was absorbed by themes of love, death and anguish and combined colour and emotion in 'an art that arrests and engages, an art created of one's innermost heart'. In this volume Candice Russell gives a succinct account of Munch's life and art, followed by around 90 reproductions of his paintings, arranged chronologically from early Naturalist works to his final self-portrait.
Masterpieces of Art
Described by Joseph Simas as 'the Goblin Master', Arthur Rackham (1867–1939) was one of the leading artists of the golden age of illustration, first achieving popularity with his illustrations for Rip Van Winkle in 1905. Examples from that book are among the 90 pictures reproduced here, along with illustrations for works by Shakespeare, children's books, notably Peter Pan and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, adult fiction, Wagner's Ring cycle and silhouettes from Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty.
Masterpieces of Art
In this volume from the attractive Masterpieces of Art series, Susie Hodge presents a concise introduction to the British painter, designer, wood-engraver and war artist Eric Ravilious (1903–42), followed by around 90 full-page reproductions. Among the works shown are colour lithographs of shops from High Street (1938); idiosyncratic landscapes, including The Westbury Horse; and a selection of war art, ending with the watercolour painting Runway Perspective.
Art Nouveau and the Vienna Secessionists
Gustav Klimt was one of a number of Viennese artists who strove to break free of the constraints of the late 19th-century academic art establishment. The self-styled Secessionists – among them Egon Schiele, Koloman Moser and the architect Otto Wagner – were united, not in the style of their work, but in their desire for freedom and the bid for Gesamtkunstwerk or total art. This volume explores their art, their involvement with literature and music, and the 'total art' of Klimt's Beethoven Frieze.
Lionel Aggett's France
In this collection of more than 200 atmospheric pastel paintings, the artist Lionel Aggett depicts his travels from Mont St-Michel to Provence via the Seine, the Loire and the Dordogne. Moving at a leisurely pace through its towns and villages and along its inland waterways, he captures the glories of the French landscape in all seasons, taking in the waterfront at Honfleur, Monet's garden at Giverny, and the sunset over St Tropez.
Berg Encylopedia of World Dress and Fashion
Volume Three: The United States and Canada
Written for both academic and general readers, the volumes of the Berg Encyclopedia focus on the 19th to early 21st centuries and comprise essays on the full spectrum of issues relating to dress and body modification, with topics ranging from antebellum African American dress to military and civil uniforms. This volume contains more than 70 essays covering First Nations peoples, and European and other cultural groups in the USA and Canada.
Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion
Volume Seven: Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands
Written for both academic and general readers, the volumes of the Berg Encyclopedia focus on the 19th to early 21st centuries and comprise essays on the full spectrum of issues relating to dress and body modification, with topics ranging from Maori moko to 'swimwear, surfwear and the bronzed body' in Australia. The 75 essays in this volume cover both First Nation and European dress in Australia and New Zealand, and Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia.
Buildings of the Labour Movement
Britain's labour movement has left a rich architectural heritage of trade union headquarters, institutes and co-operatives. Extensively illustrated with modern and period photographs, this book traces their development from the Chartists through the Arts and Crafts movement to 20th-century Modernism; it outlines recent preservation campaigns, and details surviving buildings that can be visited; and beyond the bricks and mortar, it is a history of the men and women who struggled to improve the lives of working people.
An Illustrated History of Thatching and Thatched Buildings in Devon
Thatched roofs are perhaps associated more with the county of Devon than any other part of the country, the 'combed wheat reed' style of straw thatching being the traditional method of the region. Using many archive photographs as well as images of thatchers at work, this book traces the history of thatching in Devon from the earliest times, celebrating the skills and traditions of the craft and exploring some of the most interesting thatched buildings in the county today.
Anglican Church-Building in London 1946–2012
After the Blitz devastated many of London's historic churches, some 250 new ones were built throughout the capital, mostly in the Modernist style. They have received little attention, and some have fallen into neglect or been demolished, but as this unique survey makes clear many have considerable architectural merit. A general introduction is followed by a borough-by-borough gazetteer, with each entry illustrated by both an interior and exterior view. The book concludes with a list of architects and their work.