Treasures from the Silk Road Capital
Situated at the beginning of the Silk Road, Chang’an was the largest, most cosmopolitan city in the world during the Tang dynasty (618–907). This catalogue of an exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales showcases its treasures, illustrating more than 130 paintings, sculptures, and items of metalwork, glassware and ceramics. Essays discuss beliefs, burial culture, the city’s international links, and the elegance of its courtly women.
The Orléans Collection
To mark the tricentennial of the founding of New Orleans, an exhibition explored the celebrated art collection of the city’s namesake, Philippe II, duc d’Orléans (1674–1723), regent of France and a discerning patron of the arts. Published to accompany the exhibition, this magnificent volume offers essays on Philippe as collector and his collection as well as essays and commentaries on 36 representative works, including masterpieces by Poussin, Veronese, Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Guido Reni. Includes a summary catalogue of the Orléans collection.
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 Drawing on a collection of unpublished letters, documents and photographs inherited from the artists’ descendants, Kimber Hardy presents the first comprehensive assessment of their work.
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.
Court and Craft
A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq
The Courtauld’s collection of Islamic metalworks includes an early 14th-century inlaid brass vessel shaped like a leather bag or wallet and decorated with a court scene, horsemen, musicians and revellers. No other metal vessel of this kind survives and its function has remained a mystery. This volume accompanied an exhibition that explored the ‘Courtauld bag’ in detail, along with over 30 objects whose study illuminates the life and art of the medieval Mongol Empire.
The Image of Venice
Fialetti's View and Sir Henry Wotton
A large painting of Venice hangs in Eton College, gifted to them in 1636 by Henry Wotton, the former British Ambassador to the city. The eight-metre canvas offers a birds-eye view of the buildings and canals and includes tiny vignettes depicting everyday Venetian life. This volume examines the painting in detail in the context of the historic depictions of Venice and also discusses the life of Wotton himself.
Printmaking in Paris
The Rage for Prints at the Fin de Siècle
Between 1890 and 1905, prints became extremely popular in Paris, and leading artists such as Bonnard, Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec embraced the medium. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, this catalogue reproduces more than 160 prints, posters, theatre programmes and book illustrations from the period. The accompanying essays examine how the fashion for printmaking developed, describe the various techniques and explore the numerous applications of this ‘new notion’ of art.
The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon
In the 1880s Suzanne Valadon was a model for Auguste Renoir and other Impressionists. She was also a painter of considerable talent – a fact that she initially kept secret. Born in poverty in rural France, she was acclaimed by Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, and became the first female painter exhibited at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. This illustrated biography traces the life and career of an exceptional woman whose art spanned many styles and who made her mark in a male-dominated world.
Painting in Her True Colours
Val Morsman’s survey of her own work aims to encourage and stimulate fellow artists to experiment with different media, push themselves to take risks, and enjoy the creative process. Demonstrating her experiences, this book is illustrated with a wide selection of Morsman’s watercolours, oils, acrylics and collages of rural and urban scenes, made over a period of 25 years and showing her diverse range of approaches to art.
Creating the Countryside
The Rural Idyll Past and Present
This exhibition catalogue offers a range of perspectives on the role and importance of the countryside in art and visual culture – from Gainsborough's landscapes to 21st-century video games. Essays explore themes such as the relationship between art and farming and how the concept of the rural idyll is exploited in advertising campaigns, while contemporary artists explain how rural places, communities and themes function in art practice today.
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.
Painting the Warmth of the Sun
St Ives Artists 1939–1975
This is the second of Tom Cross's two books that are now standard works on the history of the Newlyn and St Ives Schools. First published in 1984, it was based on interviews and discussions with those artists who were still working in and around St Ives in the 1970s and 1980s. The book begins with the war years, when several artists sought refuge in Cornwall from the bombing in London. Among those discussed are Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Naum Gabo, Roger Hilton and the potter, Bernard Leach.
A History of Pictures
From the Cave to the Computer Screen
David Hockney’s own experience and insights inform this discussion of the nature of art and artistic representations. Crossing media from old master paintings to photography, film and television, this highly illustrated volume is presented as a conversation between Hockney and art critic Martin Gayford. They consider topics such as truth, naturalism and deception and, continuing the theme of Hockney’s book Secret Knowledge, the role of mirrors, reflections and lenses in creating images.
From Death to Death and Other Small Tales
Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and D.Daskalopoulos Collection
Taking the theme of the human body, the sometimes-provocative art in this exhibition catalogue includes installations, paintings and sculpture by 20th-century giants such as Duchamp and Magritte, as well as prominent contemporary artists including Rachel Whiteread and Sarah Lucas.
From Rodin to Plensa
Modern Sculpture at the Meadows Museum
The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, was opened in 1965 to house the substantial art collection of Texas businessman Algur H Meadows. A leading centre for the study of Spanish art, the museum has also built up a notable holding of modern sculpture and this portfolio reviews these works, including pieces by Rodin, Maillol, Moore, Giacometti, Picasso and Oldenburg. The sculptures are further explored in a photo-essay by Laura Wilson.
The Paintings of Richard Harrison
Richard Harrison enrolled at Chelsea School of Art in the 1980s to study product design but soon turned to painting. His style was essentially abstract until he developed a more figurative approach through a fascination with the landscape and Biblical and mythical subjects favoured by the old masters. This retrospective of his work includes a biography and appreciation of his oeuvre and reproductions of over 200 of his paintings.
Theo van Doesburg
A New Expression of Life, Art, and Technology
Accompanying an exhibition devoted to the work of the Dutch painter, architect, poet and designer Theo van Doesburg (1883–1931), and the work of the leading artists he brought together by founding the De Stijl movement and its magazine, this catalogue comprises reproductions of 145 paintings, designs and architectural drawings and six illustrated essays on various facets of van Doesburg’s career, including Dada, De Stijl, abstract cinema and Art Concret.
Balthus: Cats and Girls
Paintings and Provocations
Focusing on the early decades of Balthus’s career, this catalogue accompanied the 2014 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Balthus’s fascination with cats is clear from the 40 pen-and-ink drawings he produced aged eleven, and they feature frequently in his often provocative paintings of young girls on the brink of adolescence. With a detailed introduction and comprehensive notes on each painting, Sabine Rewald provides a unique perspective on this eccentric self-taught artist.
The Royal Portrait
Image and Impact
What constitutes a royal portrait? Jennifer Scott discusses visual portrayals of kings, queens, princes and princesses, from the portrait of Richard II by an anonymous 14th-century artist to Annie Leibovitz’s photograph of Elizabeth II in 2007. Illustrated with 157 examples, including works by great artists from Hans Holbein to Lucien Freud, the study explores the factors that contribute to a royal portrait: its accuracy of appearance, the artist’s aspirations, and the intended location and audience of the work.
Moore at Kew
Published to accompany an exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, this catalogue features the 28 large bronzes by Henry Moore, photographed around the gardens. Texts explain the sculptor’s working methods, the installation of Large Reclining Figure at Kew, and his work’s relation to natural forms.
Tales from the Land of Dragons
1,000 Years of Chinese Painting
Ancient China nurtured the world’s oldest continuous tradition of painting on silk and paper, with brushwork much influenced by trends in the art of calligraphy. This volume brings together 153 items from the unique collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ranging from the Han to the Yuan Dynasty, many of which treat Buddhist and Daoist subjects. Each image is accompanied by commentary on the painting’s content; an introduction describes the art form’s techniques, cultural context and stylistic development.
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.
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.
The Sources of Surrealism
Art in Context
Part of the Art in Context series, this comprehensive sourcebook collects 234 texts (with supporting apparatus) from across the whole range of Surrealist writing and art criticism, from precursors such as Rimbaud and Jarry, through the key writings of Dadaists and Surrealists including Francis Picabia, André Breton, Antonin Artaud and Louis Aragon, to the post-war years 1945–67, with extracts from de Chirico and Duchamp.
William Beckford's Fonthill
Architecture, Landscape and the Arts
Accused of having an affair with a boy, William Beckford (1760–1844) retired to his estate at Fonthill, Wiltshire, where he constructed a faux-medieval abbey to house his art and antiquities. This book draws on contemporary records to detail his grandiose building plans, and to tell how, having spent his inherited wealth, he was forced to auction both his collection and the building itself, whose huge Gothic tower came crashing down soon after the sale.
Korea's Golden Kingdom
Published to accompany an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this highly illustrated volume explores the visual culture of the Silla Kingdom of Korea between the 4th and 8th centuries. More than 100 objects – including gold regalia and jewellery, precious metal and clay vessels, and Buddhist icons and shrines – are presented, alongside essays examining topics such as the history of the ancient city of Gyeongju and the realm's links with the nomadic-pastoralist traditions of the Eurasian Steppe.
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.
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.
Crossing the Channel
British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism
During the period between the restoration of the French monarchy at the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837, hostility in politics between Britain and France gave way to mutual admiration in the arts. This magnificent catalogue of a 2003 exhibition at Tate Britain deals mainly with painting and brings together works by major figures such as Constable, Delacroix, Turner and Vernet to explore how artists from each country influenced their counterparts on the other side of the Channel.
Native American Modernism
Art from North America
Drawing on the extensive collection in Berlin’s Ethnological Museum, this illustrated book traces the development of modern Native American art. Featuring notable artists, critics and art historians, it also explores topics such as cultural self-determination and Native American involvement in the Second World War.
Van Gogh's Ear
The True Story
The best-known incident in Van Gogh’s life is also the least understood. Interweaving the story of her own detective work with that of the artist’s final crisis, Bernadette Murphy reconstructs Van Gogh’s Arles, with its cafés and brothels. She explores his relationships with his brother Theo and fellow painter Gauguin, and identifies many locals he knew, including policemen, prostitutes, shepherds, artists, and the mysterious Rachel, recipient of his severed ear.
Glimpses of Eternity
Watercolours of Westminster Abbey
Asked to record the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, Alexander Creswell began a series of watercolour paintings of Westminster Abbey, its chapels and cloisters, architectural details, and views from the Triforium and Organ Loft. Some 40 watercolours are reproduced here, with commentaries by the artist.
Masterpieces of Art
Often described as the ‘Father of Modern Art’, Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) holds a pivotal position between the Impressionists that he exhibited with and the abstraction that his experimental work leaned towards. This volume from the popular Masterpieces of Art series introduces the life, artistic career and legacy of Cézanne before presenting full-page reproductions of 85 paintings – still lifes, landscapes, portraits and nudes.
Masterpieces of Art
Michael Kerrigan’s concise, illustrated biography introduces the life of Paul Nash (1889–1946) and traces his artistic development through the earlier artists who inspired him and the landscapes and experiences that informed his art, particularly the devastation of the Western Front, which he witnessed as both soldier and war artist during the First World War. The essay accompanies around 90 full-page reproductions of Nash’s paintings, lithographs and engravings, in sections on war, landscape and abstracts and still life.
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.
Thomas Bush Hardy
1842–1897, A Master Painter of Marine and Coastal Watercolours
Thomas Bush Hardy was one of the most successful and prolific marine watercolourists of the 19th century, depicting the elements of sea and sky and the vessels that were then undergoing rapid change, with drama and subtlety. This account of his life and career, illustrated with over 200 reproductions, provides a chronicle of his trips up and down the English coast, to the Dutch beaches and French Channel ports, and to his beloved Venetian lagoon.
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.
Bridge to the Future
Edited by Sergei Reviakin, this is the first published monograph on the Russian artist Oleg Kudryashov (b.1932), who broke away from the aesthetic norms imposed on Russian art since the Stalinist era to follow his own artistic goals. His work, mainly in dry-point etching, with its linear structures sometimes extended into three-dimensional reliefs and constructions, is represented here in around 250 pages of reproductions and photographs, along with four short essays and a list of works.
The rare monkey figurines created by the Baule of West Africa have puzzled historians since the 19th century. Rough-hewn and fearsome – with jutting jaws and bared teeth – the bowl-bearing monkeys seem quite unlike the Baule’s more delicate ancestor figures. In the first survey to focus exclusively on the monkeys, the authors explore their origin, creation and role in Baule society, and examine their ritualistic function as objects charged with invisible powers.
Make a Joyful Noise
Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral
Luca della Robbia’s fine Cantoria – an organ loft and singers’ gallery – was installed in Florence Cathedral in 1438, opposite a similar structure by Donatello. The essays in this beautifully illustrated volume present analysis of details from the Cantoria’s carved reliefs depicting musicians, as well as research into the organs and choirbooks that were once used in the gallery. A postscript describes how this Renaissance masterpiece has been displayed in its new context at the Museo dell’Opera.
On the Seven Deadly Sins
Drawing on his experience in politics, former MP Kenneth Baker examines how the Seven Deadly Sins have been depicted in art and literature through the ages. Using excerpts from plays, poetry and fiction, he discusses the sins, reflects on their continuing presence in today’s more secular society, and concludes that life would be banal and unchallenging without them. The extensive illustrations include works by old masters such as Botticelli and Bosch, press photographs, and cartoons by Gillray, Rowlandson, Bateman, Peter Brookes and Dave Brown.
Masterpieces of Art
Described as having a ‘wilful secrecy and eloquent grace’, the paintings of William Blake (1757–1827) seem at first straightforward and accessible, yet in works such as The Ancient of Days (1793), Nebuchadnezzar (1795) and Newton (1795), there is something unfathomable beyond their obvious subjects. Kerrigan provides a background to Blake’s art, discussing his life and poetry, before presenting over 80 reproductions of his gothic, mythological, biblical and visionary paintings.
The son of a famous soldier, Andrew Festing spent nine years in the army and another twelve at Sotheby's auction house before becoming a professional painter in 1981. He quickly established himself as a leading portraitist and has completed commissions of prominent figures in politics, the Church and the Royal Family, including the Queen. This exploration of his oeuvre gives an account of his life and influences, discusses his meticulous methods and includes reproductions of over 150 of his works.
Impressionists: 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.
Into the Undergrowth
Sous-bois (or undergrowth) emerged as a sub-genre of landscape painting in 19th-century French art, typically in the form of a study of tree trunks and the forest floor, or trees with a solitary figure. This exhibition catalogue explores Van Gogh’s contributions through 30 paintings by the artist and his contemporaries and precursors, including Corot, Gauguin and Cézanne. Accompanying essays examine the Barbizon School, Van Gogh’s nature painting and his 1890 canvas, Undergrowth with Two Figures.
Sir John Gilbert
Art and Imagination in the Victorian Age
Painter, book illustrator and newspaper sketch artist, the versatile John Gilbert (1817–97) was a huge celebrity in his day. This assessment examines the life and career of a now-neglected Victorian artist. More than 150 illustrations reproduce his work in various media, while essays explore his relationship to Old Masters and contemporaries, scientific examination of his techniques, his transactions with his framers and colourist, and what his success reveals about the 19th-century art market.
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.
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.
In the 1960s, when the fashion in art was towards the abstract and conceptual, John Bellany (1942–2013) focused on the figurative, paying homage to Old Masters in his depictions of the fishing communities of the east of Scotland, among which he had grown up. This retrospective reviews his entire oeuvre, from these early large canvases, through the phantasmagoric, expressionist paintings of the following decades, to the more optimistic landscapes and allegorical compositions of the 21st century.
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.
Design Culture Fashion 1956–1976
For more than two decades, the Pop movement spanned the worlds of music, art, fashion and design. This book chronicles its development from the Beat Generation of the Fifties through the optimism of the Sixties to its demise amid the angry nihilism of punk. Almost 300 illustrations feature posters, paintings, record sleeves and clothing, including work by Andy Warhol, Mary Quant, David Bailey, Robert Crumb and Zandra Rhodes.
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.
This Is Goya
Goya’s life as court painter was turned upside down by Napoleon’s invasion of Spain in 1808 and the artist responded with his drawings, The Disasters of War, employing an expressive and personal approach that would inspire artists of the next generation and beyond. 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 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.
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.
Visions of Fuji
Artists from the Floating World
Mount Fuji, with its majestic cone and snow-capped summit, has inspired artists and writers for centuries. This volume discusses its continuing influence, focusing on its representation in the Japanese woodblock art of Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858). Hundreds of reproductions show how the mountain has become an emblem of perfection, symmetry, spiritual balance and endurance, while the text follows the evolution of the artists' work.
Prints and Drawings: Europe 1500–1900
From the Art Gallery of New South Wales
With excellent reproductions of 90 etchings, woodcuts, lithographs and drawings from the collection of European works on paper in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, this volume presents the work of more than 70 artists, from the Renaissance master Andrea Mantegna to Edgar Degas in the late 19th century. The book includes works by many of the great European masters, among them Dürer’s Melencolia (1512) and Little Devil’s Bridge (1809) by Turner, with substantial commentaries on every artist.
Byzantium and Islam
Age of Transition 7th–9th Century
Between the seventh and ninth centuries the Byzantine empire’s southern provinces around the eastern Mediterranean and across North Africa came under Islamic rule. That meeting of Christian, Jewish and Islamic cultures created an age of transition, transformation and cross-fertilization that is celebrated in this catalogue. In scholarly essays, commentaries and 425 colour plates, the book describes 193 artefacts, arranged chronologically from a floor mosaic depicting the cities of Memphis and Alexandria (c.520 CE) to a folio from a 10th-century Qur’an.
Royal Splendor in the Enlightenment
Charles IV of Spain, Patron and Collector
Charles IV (1748–1819) was an outstanding patron and collector, with a passionate interest in architecture, gardens, interior decoration and furniture as well as the fine arts. Accompanying an exhibition at Meadows Museum, Dallas, this volume offers an overview of the arts at the Bourbon court, with 82 exhibits ranging from royal portraits by Goya, the court painter, to furniture, porcelain and fabrics. The catalogue is accompanied by four essays, covering topics including Charles’s country houses, Goya and ‘silk fever’.
In the Realm of Gods and Kings
Arts of India
This updated and finely produced edition of the 2004 exhibition catalogue celebrates Indian art from 1000 BCE to the 20th century. The images of the sculpture, painting, manuscripts and decorative arts created for the courts and temples of India, and photographs of Sadhus, illustrate the diversity of style and culture that have emanated from the sub-continent. On each spread the object or image is accompanied by authoritative and detailed explanations of its cultural significance and history.
The Hermitage Dogs
Treasures from the State Hermitage Museum
Archaeologists have shown that dogs, ‘our first allies’, were living with humans as far back as 32,000 years ago. Drawing on the superb art collections of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, this book explores many aspects of that human–canine alliance including the role of dogs in ancient myth, the symbolism of the dog in art, many types of working dog, the dogs of the Romanovs from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and, finally, the companion dog – man’s best friend.
Monet in Giverny
Landscapes of Reflection
With the focus on a select group of twelve paintings, among them Le Bassin des Nymphéas (1904) and Wisteria Number 1 and 2 (1920), this catalogue of an exhibition at Cincinnati Art Museum examines aspects of Monet’s work, including the depiction of water and the sanctuary of Giverny during the First World War, and ends with an article on Monet and his garden written in 1891 by the French art critic Octave Mirbeau.
Masterpieces of Art
The sinuous curving lines and natural forms of Art Nouveau swept across European and American design between around 1890 and 1914, creating a distinctive style in architecture, decorative art and painting that has retained its appeal for over a century. This volume presents a succinct introduction to the origins of Art Nouveau, the artists and the genres they worked in, followed by around 90 reproductions, including works by Klimt, Steinlen, Mucha, Aubrey Beardsley and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
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'.
Masterpieces of Art
The ‘Renaissance poster boy’ Raphael (1483–1520) was renowned for his good looks, love affairs and friends in high places as well as his paintings. Following an accessible introduction to his life and work, this book presents reproductions of over 70 works by Raphael, arranged in four sections: the celebrated depictions of the Madonna, portraits, paintings on Christian and classical themes, and the frescos, with details from epic works such as The School of Athens.
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.
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.
New Dimensions in Art
‘Art for me’, writes Alexander in his prologue, ‘has always been about the excitement of creating something new’. Illustrating that restless exploration, this book, with Edward Lucie-Smith’s brief essays and Alexander’s own commentaries, looks first at works created since 2008, then goes back to the start of Alexander’s career and traces the progression through painting and sculpture to monumental works. A final section is devoted to his experimental four-dimensional sculptures and holograms.
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 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.
Trailing the Albatross, an Artist's Journey
A mysterious decline in the populations of albatrosses and other seabirds nesting in remote locations in the Southern Ocean has been attributed to their ensnarement in the tackle of long-line fishing vessels. Artist Bruce Pearson highlights the problem in this portfolio, which includes his paintings and sketches made in South Georgia in the 1970s as well as recent paintings and drawings of southern seabirds and the fishing trade that threatens their survival.
The Complete Illustrative Work of Thomas Bewick
Marrying research in the Beilby-Bewick workshop archives to a new study of hitherto uncatalogued images in the British Museum’s collection, Tattersfield presents a scholarly, illustrated account of the wood engraving workshop of Ralph Beilby, Thomas Bewick and Robert Bewick. The catalogue of Thomas Bewick’s illustrative works includes the famous Quadrupeds, British Birds and The Fables of Aesop. Volume I: The Workshop. Volume II: Descriptive Catalogue. Volume III: Notes and Indexes. Linen-bound and slip-cased.
Influence, Infection and the Image of Rome 1700–1870
With reproductions of many unfamiliar works, this book takes a novel approach to artists’ and travellers’ experience of the eternal city between 1700 and 1870: it revisits the history of Rome in terms of the city’s environment and pervasive mal’aria.
Pictures and Readers in Early Modern Rome
The Life and Miracles of St Benedict, the seven books published by Camillo Agrippa between 1553 and 1598, Pietro Paolo Magni’s Manual for Barber-Surgeons and Magino Gabrielli’s Dialogues on Silk: the illustrations, authors and varied subject matter of these 16th-century Italian books are discussed in detail in this study of ‘treatises that engaged their readers through the purposeful use of printed pictures’.
The Visual World of French Theory
In the 1960s and 1970s there were remarkable encounters between the most prominent French philosophers and contemporary artists, particularly members of the Narrative Figuration movement. Passages from critical texts arising from those encounters serve as the focus in each chapter of this illustrated study, which explores, among others, the meetings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Robert Lapoujade; Louis Althusser and Lucio Fanti; and Jacques Derrida and Valerio Adami.
Renaissance Art in Venice
From Tradition to Individualism
Tom Nichols describes how the traditional Venetian preference for anonymity and collaboration was challenged by Renaissance ideas, and how new values placed on innovation and individual expression gave painters, sculptors and architects a licence for artistic invention. In discussions of work by artists including Bellini, Carpaccio, Titian and Tintoretto, Nichols looks at how they transformed the older conventions of Venetian art and developed a new, personalized approach to technique and iconography.
Art of the Northern Renaissance
Courts, Commerce and Devotion
Stephanie Porras’s well-illustrated study examines how art in the Low Countries, France, England and Germany responded to rapid political, economic, social and religious changes and the rise of the urban merchant class in the Renaissance period. The work of artists including Van Eyck, Dürer, Holbein and Bosch is discussed in chapters on themes arranged chronologically, from works of art as courtly and devotional gifts in c.1380–1420, to paintings as commodities in the art market of c.1540–60.
Italian Renaissance Courts
Art, Pleasure and Power
In an authoritative study, illustrated with over 150 colour reproductions, Alison Cole goes beyond the famous centres of Renaissance culture – Florence, Rome and Venice – to explore the splendid and distinctive uses of art and the commissioning of artists at five great secular courts: Naples under Alfonso of Aragon; Urbino under Frederico de Montefeltro; the small principality of Ferrara, ruled by the Este family; the Gonzaga family’s Mantua; and Milan and Pavia under Ludovico Sforza.
Art of Renaissance Rome
Artists and Patrons in the Eternal City
Intended as an introduction to the art of Renaissance Rome, this narrative history is structured chronologically, from around 1300 to 1600, and describes the monuments, artists and patrons that were regarded by their contemporaries as the most important. Michelangelo and Raphael are among the dominant figures in this story, and works such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescos and Raphael’s School of Athens in the Vatican Palace remain some of the most celebrated in Renaissance art.
The Honour and Grandeur
Regalia, Gold and Silver at the Mansion House
Henry V's victory at the Battle of Agincourt had been largely funded by the City of London and in gratitude he presented the Lord Mayor with the Crystal Sceptre, which has remained part of the treasures of the office ever since. This book examines the city's regalia and gold and silver collection, much of it photographed here for the first time, including important items of the finest craftsmanship from the 15th century to the present day.
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.
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.
Renoir and Friends
Luncheon of the Boating Party
The models for Renoir’s famous painting Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880–1881)were fellow artists, critics, collectors and friends, and this exhibition catalogue takes the picture as a starting point to explore Renoir’s world. The artist’s style and influences are assessed through the work of contemporaries, including Caillebotte, Degas and Manet, and the painting is forensically examined, including X-ray images that reveal hidden details.
Fashion in Impressionist Paris
The Paris of the Impressionists was the fashion capital of the world. Featuring paintings by Degas, Manet, Monet and Morisot, this book follows in the footsteps of stylish Parisians – at home, in cafés, in the park and on holiday; and it uses vintage photographs and prints to explore the worlds of dressmaking, millinery and the department store, while providing fresh insight into some of the most popular paintings of the 19th century.
Sybil Andrews Linocuts
A Complete Catalogue
Born in Bury St Edmunds in 1898, Sybil Andrews worked as a welder during the First World War and her formal art training only began after 1918, first at Heatherley School of Fine Art in London, then at the new Grosvenor School where, along with Andrew Power and Claude Flight, she developed a dynamic, expressive and abstract style. After a biographical essay, this volume reproduces all 87 of Andrew’s linocuts, including the famous Speedway (1934) and In Full Cry (1931).
Masterpieces of Art
Beginning with an illustrated introduction explaining the origins and characteristics of the art deco style, this portfolio presents a cross section of some the finest examples of the art and graphic design of the period. Among over 90 featured works are paintings, posters, costume and set designs, book illustrations and magazine covers, by artists including Tamara de Lempicke, Robert Delaunay and Erté.
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 essence of the county. Written as a companion to a posthumous 2011 exhibition, this guide includes short biographies of each artist, personal photographs and reproductions of their work.
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.
The Master's Muse
Artists' Cats and Dogs
Matisse’s dogs dance in a circle, Turner’s dog walks with his master into a vortex of fiery light, while Rachel Whiteread’s dog sits mournfully in front of a cast of his kennel. Thinking about what Marc Chagall’s dog might look like prompted Barratt to begin his paintings and prints of dogs and cats, each executed in the style of the animal’s owner. Altogether there are 99 cat or dog portraits, poking gentle fun at artists from Holbein to Tracy Emin.
Point of Balance
The son of a French violinist and well-known British composer, Benedict Rubbra was brought up in England and Italy, surrounded by artists and musicians, but it was a new art teacher arriving at Christ’s Hospital school in 1950 who first made him think about a career as a painter. This retrospective of his life and work includes over 150 paintings and drawings, including many of his harmoniously coloured abstracts and portraits of prominent people.
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.
With his ‘naked portraits’ and his aim to ‘make the paint work as flesh’, Lucian Freud (1922–2011) was able to reinvent portraiture. Although often controversial, his reputation grew to the point where Freud was hailed as the ‘greatest living realist painter’. In this survey, Virginia Button considers his life and work from a more distanced perspective than the many studies written during his lifetime.
To this day, William Blake (1757–1827) remains a controversial figure, seen as either an inspiring genius or an unsettling eccentric, whose work is arresting for both its beauty and its strangeness. In a study that follows the stages of the artist’s development, William Vaughan explores the pictorial power of Blake’s art and his ‘ability to see things anew, to read new meanings into old forms’.