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 & 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).
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’.
Abstraction and Reality
The Sculpture of Ivor Roberts-Jones
In this first in-depth study and catalogue raisonné of the work of Ivor Roberts-Jones (1913–1996), the authors explore the career of this exceptional British sculptor in a number of essays, beginning with a biographical sketch. The essay topics include Roberts-Jones’s most familiar work, the statue of Winston Churchill that stands in Parliament Square; other portraits of Churchill in Oslo, New Orleans and Prague; and the portrait heads; while the catalogue illustrates and comments on over 156 works, with sketches and variants.
Works on Paper by Philipp-Rudolf Humm
This collection explores the pop expressionism of the German-Belgian artist Philipp-Rudolf Humm, whose paintings combine contemporary styles with the techniques of Old Masters. The selection features his work in gouache made between 2014 and 2016, revealing his stylistic evolution from pop compositions to a new kind of contemporary Expressionism. Arranged in series, each section begins with a brief description of themes and observations, and the introduction offers an overview of the artist’s developing style.
Paths to Perfection
Buddhist Art at the Freer | Sackler
Although the Buddha himself was not depicted directly for several centuries, Buddhism’s success owes much to the visual arts across cultures, from India and Nepal to Japan and Indonesia. More than 100 items are illustrated in this guide, including buddhas, bodhisattvas, mandalas and ritual objects. All are now in the Smithsonian’s Asian art collections, whose curators and scholars provide the descriptions and contextual information.
In the Light of Naples
The Art of Francesco de Mura
One third of the works of the Neopolitan painter Francesco de Mura (1696–1782) were destroyed when the Abbey of Monte Cassino was bombed in 1944, plunging the artist into even deeper obscurity. This volume accompanied an exhibition that toured America in 2017, aiming to revive the reputation and appreciation of De Mura as one the last great Baroque masters: it presents reproductions and commentaries on 40 surviving works and associated sketches, along with essays on his life and work.
The Rockies and the Alps
Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains
On both sides of the Atlantic, 19th-century painters were drawn to the drama and grandeur of mountains. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Newark Museum, New Jersey, this book explores the artistic dialogue between the Swiss painter Alexandre Calame (1810–64) and the American Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902). More than 100 illustrations reproduce their work, alongside that of contemporaries such as Turner, Ruskin and Sargent.
Painter of Pedigree
Thomas Weaver of Shrewsbury: Animal Artist of the Agricultural Revolution
Thomas Weaver (1774–1844) was an accomplished artist working during the late 18th century, when innovative methods of breeding produced bigger and better domestic animals. Weaver was among a small group of artists who pioneered the painting of owners’ and breeders’ prize sheep, cattle, hounds and thoroughbred stallions. Written by a descendant, with access to Weaver’s papers and diaries, this book tells the story and reproduces the paintings of a successful animal artist during the Agricultural Revolution.
Paintings from Mughal India
A unique style of court painting, combining Persian, Indian and European elements, developed under the Mughal emperors who ruled India from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Drawing on the collection of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, this book reproduces 80 examples, ranging from scenes of adventure and court ceremonial to botanical illustrations. The introduction and accompanying texts explain the development of the genre and the context of the paintings.
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.
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.
Highlights from The Tanenbaum Collection
The Tanenbaum Collection comprises over 200 important 19th-century paintings and sculptures by European artists, including Léon Bonnat, Frank Brangwyn, James Tissot and Henry Raeburn. Celebrating the gift of the collection to the Hamilton Art Gallery in Canada, this catalogue discusses 75 works ranging widely in subject matter and style – from religious paintings by Gustave Doré to Constantin Meunier’s sculpture of The Dockhand. Alison McQueen provides a brief introduction and detailed commentaries.
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.
Turner at Petworth
Turner was a regular visitor to Petworth House in Sussex, the home of his friend, patron and enthusiastic art collector George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont. Published to accompany an exhibition at the house, celebrating the restoration of the ‘Carved Room' with Turner’s gouache drawings and landscape paintings reinstated, this catalogue includes themed essays on Turner's country house art in general, and Petworth in particular, by academics from the National Trust and Tate Museum.
The Sketchbook of 1824
Samuel Palmer (1805–1881) was the most visionary English artist of his day. Sadly, most of his notebooks were destroyed by his son, who thought them too revealing of his inner turmoil. This beautiful edition reproduces one of the few survivors in its original size and format, with an introduction and page-by-page commentary. Filled with sketches of sublime brilliance, it offers a unique insight into Palmer’s artistic and spiritual struggles.
Ravilious & Co
The Pattern of Friendship
An ‘outbreak of talent’ was how Paul Nash described the group of students he taught at the Royal College of Art in 1924–5. Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Barnett Freedman and Enid Marx formed the core of a network of artists, friends and lovers influenced by Nash. This group biography explores their lives and relationships from the 1920s to Ravilious’s death in 1942 and, with reproductions of over 200 examples, it examines their painting, illustration and a variety of work in commercial design.
Edward Bawden Design
Edward Bawden (1903–1989) was one of the most innovative graphic designers of the 20th century, whose work included covers and designs for the Curwen Press, illustrations for the Ambrose Bierce cookery books published by Faber & Faber, ceramic designs, advertising artworks, particularly for London Transport and Fortnum & Mason, and murals. In this volume from the Design series, Peyton Skipwith’s succinct account of Bawden’s career accompanies reproductions of a wide selection of his work.
Matisse: In His Time
Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris
Cécile Debray takes a fresh approach to Henri Matisse, an artist often ‘perceived and introduced as a singular, unique and isolated force’. In this catalogue and the exhibition of 105 paintings that it accompanied, she draws together works by Matisse and his contemporaries, among them Derain, Léger, Dufy and Picasso, exploring their reciprocal influences and common sources to give a new account of Matisse and his times, from the Moreau Group in the 1900s to the paper cut-outs of the 1940s.
The Two Roberts
Robert Colquhoun & Robert MacBryde
In the immediate post-war period, lifelong partners Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde were, with Freud and Bacon, among the most admired artists of their generation but during the 1950s their work fell out of fashion and alcoholism and poverty hastened their decline. Published to accompany the exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, this retrospective charts their careers and turbulent private lives, and includes reproductions of their most significant paintings, prints and drawings.
Making the Americas Modern
Hemispheric Art, 1910–1960
Edward J Sullivan’s unconventional study, comprising ‘eight histories of visuality’, examines the ways in which art in the Americas was modernized in the period between two major exhibitions that heralded changes in the way artists created and marketed their work: the Armory Show in New York, 1913, and the first Bienal de S?o Paulo in 1951. Part of the Global Perspectives series.
One of the most radical British artists of the 20th century, Ben Nicholson (1894–1982) first came to international prominence with his remarkable ‘white reliefs’ of the 1930s and formed links with Picasso, Braque, Mondrian and others of the European avant-garde. This study explains his central role in the establishment of a modernist art community in St Ives, and why his importance to the development of modern art practice in Britain cannot be overstated.
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 '80s. 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.
‘I think of my paintings as a source of imagery, something that generates imagery rather than contains it.’ This beautifully illustrated, in-depth survey of St Ives artist Bryan Wynter’s life and work reveals much of the inspiration for his paintings, including his experimentation with mescaline during the 1950s which, presaging 1960s counterculture, added a fluid, calligraphic dynamism to his evolving abstract style. The book also explores the politics and personalities of the St Ives group, particularly Wynter’s great friend Patrick Heron.
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.
A Painter's Journey
The Scottish-Italian artist Leon Morrocco is a figurative painter well known for his outstanding draughtsmanship and use of vibrant colour. Covering a period of 20 years, this book offers a glimpse into his creative process from the initial sketches made in streets and markets across the globe to the paintings he finished in the studio. It illustrates how travel – from Edinburgh to Rome, London to Havana – inspires what the poet Liz Lochhead describes in her introduction as ‘a visual, visceral response to something real’.
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.
You are Always with Me
Letters to Mama 1923–1932
Wry, witty and highly observant, this collection of 50 of Frida Kahlo's letters to her beloved mother, illustrated with her art and family photographs and published here for the first time in English, reveals the close nature of their relationship between 1923 and 1932.
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.
Master of Shadows
The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens
A favourite among 17th-century European monarchs, the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) had both access to royal courts and a perfect cover for diplomacy and espionage. In this biographical study Mark Lamster explores Rubens’ art, his personal aim to bring to an end the Eighty Years’ War, and his clandestine missions throughout Europe, from Antwerp (then on the frontline of the Dutch-Spanish conflict) to the Spanish court. Slightly off-mint. American-cut pages..
‘Thomas Gainsborough lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends.’ A gentle, empathetic family man, he also had a volatile streak that could lead him to slash his paintings, and a loose way of talking that shocked society. This biography reveals how an easygoing Suffolk lad was propelled to the highest echelons of Georgian Bath and London by his unique natural talent, and explores the contradictions of this complex and charismatic painter.
The Seduction of Europe
Casanova (1725–98) was more than a notorious libertine; a connoisseur of literature and the arts, he became part of the elite and travelled widely. Published in conjunction with a major US exhibition, this catalogue places his life in the context of the courts, salons, balls and bordellos he inhabited. More than 180 colour illustrations include work by Canaletto, Fragonard and Hogarth alongside exquisite objets d’art, while 12 essays trace his travels through a Europe on the brink of revolution.
The Gallery of Missing Masterpieces
The current wealth of the art market is making it more attractive than ever to thieves and unethical dealers. Illustrated with reproductions of missing works and drawing on the work of Julian Radcliffe of the Art Loss Register, this volume tells the stories of stolen paintings and artefacts ranging from Old Masters to Warhol screen prints and examines topics such as the looting of antiquities, Nazi art theft and the problems facing the art world today. Off-mint.
Fernando Gallego and His Workshop
The Altarpiece from Ciudad Rodrigo
Created around 1480–88 by the Spanish artists Fernando Gallego and Maestro Bartolomé, the 26 panels from the main altarpiece of the cathedral in Ciudad Rodrigo, Castile, are among the most important and iconographically ambitious art works produced in late 15th-century Spain. Beginning with a history of the paintings, which are now in the University of Arizona Museum of Art, this volume comprises essays on the two artists, technical studies of the paintings and a catalogue of the altarpiece.
Oil Paintings in National Trust Properties
National Trust VI: Wales & Northern Ireland
The Public Catalogue Foundation was set up to record all the oil paintings in public ownership in the UK and make them accessible through a series of illustrated catalogues. This volume lists and illustrates over 1,300 paintings in 24 National Trust properties ranging from Mount Stewart, the grand home of the Marquesses of Londonderry, with its world-class collection, to Aberdeunant, a rare survival of a traditional Welsh farm which has just three paintings.
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.
Masterpieces of Art
The early Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450/55–1516) is renowned for his fantastical, often grotesque images of material and spiritual life. After an overview of what little is known of Bosch's life and a discussion of his work, this volume presents reproductions of all his paintings, triptychs and drawings, and details some of the extraordinary scenes contained within the compositions.
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).
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An untrained prodigy, Gustave Doré (1832–1883) became the highest paid illustrator in France at the age of 16 and a world-famous artist by the 1830s, mainly on account of his lithographs for literary works including Dante’s Divine Comedy, Tennyson’s Idylls of the King and the Fables of La Fontaine. In this volume from the Masterpieces of Art series, a concise account of Doré’s life and art accompanies around 90 reproductions of his profoundly influential work.
Becoming Henry Moore
In conjunction with a 2017 exhibition of the same name, this exploration of the formative years of the great sculptor considers his educational and wartime experiences, showing how his interactions with ancient, classical and non-Western art supplemented his knowledge of Renaissance masters and the avant-garde. Richly illustrated with photographs of his sculptures and drawings, it also includes a chronology of significant events in his life.
Picasso's Vollard Suite
The 100 etchings made by Picasso between 1930 and 1937 for the art dealer and critic Ambroise Vollard have long been recognized as one of his supreme productions. Its component groups The Battle of Love, The Minotaur, The Blind Minotaur, The Sculptor's Studio and Rembrandt show him delving deeply into mythology and the subconscious, and wrestling with the nature of art itself. This beautiful volume reproduces the entire series, with an introduction explaining the circumstances of its creation.
Cross-Currents of German and Russian Art, 1907–1917
Focusing on the decade before the Russian Revolution, this volume and the exhibition it accompanied (at the Neue Gallerie, New York) explore the parallel and often intertwined development of Russian and German art. The five essays discuss topics including the ‘Jack of Diamonds’ group, Russian participation in Der Blaue Reiter and the pioneers of abstract art, Kandinsky, Larionov and Malevich; while 85 reproductions include portraits, nudes, landscapes, urban scenes and abstracts by both Russian and German artists.
Modernists and Mavericks
Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters
From the Blitz to the Swinging Sixties, London was home to a major art scene. Several key players – Auerbach, Bacon, Freud – were figurative painters rebelling against the prevailing Abstract orthodoxy. Others – Bridget Riley, John Hoyland – found their own distinctive forms of abstraction. Gayford’s study profiles the artists and explores their influences and connections. Drawing on first-hand interviews and illustrated with 114 paintings and photographs, it recreates the Soho bohemia these painters inhabited, with its friendships, feuds and legendary drinking sessions.
Artists, Friends, and Lovers
At no other time and place was the art of portraiture so rich or varied as in early 20th-century Paris. Liberated by photography from the demand for naturalism, it flourished in a kaleidoscope of styles – Cubist, Surrealist, Expressionist. This catalogue of a major exhibition at the Bruce Museum in Connecticut reproduces almost 50 works by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Modigliani and Duchamp, along with a host of lesser-known artists, and explores the vibrant artistic and social milieu in which they worked.
Laughter Is a Devastating Weapon
Born Helmut Herzfeld in 1891 and anglicizing his name in protest against German nationalism in 1916, John Heartfield became a political artist unrivalled in the 20th century, who pushed political satire to surrealist extremes in anti-Nazi and anti-capitalist graphic art and photomontage. This volume presents a short biography of Heartfield and reproductions of his finest work, setting the original artworks alongside the published versions.
Sylvette, Sylvette, Sylvette
Picasso and the Model
When Picasso exhibited his portraits of Sylvette, ‘the girl with the pony tail’, in Paris in 1954, he created an international media sensation. Sixty years later, the Kunsthalle Bremen held an exhibition that explored the relationship of Picasso with Sylvette and his other female models. This accompanying catalogue, with informal photographs, reproductions of the paintings and drawings and 13 essays, reveals something of the artist’s creative processes at work in a series of portraits that range from realistic likenesses to abstraction. Slightly off-mint.
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Social commentator, illustrator, cartoonist and landscape artist, William Heath Robinson (1872–1944) was gifted in many fields, but his fame today rests on the cartoons poking fun at human foibles and his marvellous contraptions, such as The Pilsner Pump for Tapping the Enemy’s Beer (1916). In this volume from the Masterpieces of Art series, Susan Grange introduces Heath Robinson’s life and many-faceted artistic career, and presents around 90 full-page reproductions of his literary illustrations, cartoons and creations.
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.
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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 sihouettes from Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty.
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.
Lucky to be an Artist
Unity Spencer (1930–2017) was the daughter of two artists, Stanley and Hilda Spencer, and a significant painter in her own right. In this memoir, written shortly before her death, she looks back over her unconventional upbringing, her studies at the Slade School of Art and her subsequent career. Extensively illustrated with her own work, that of her parents and vintage photographs, it offers a unique glimpse of the artistic life. With a foreword by Jon Snow.
Conceptual artist Sarah Charlesworth (1947–2013) lived and worked in New York, producing her most influential pieces, generally in the photographic medium, during the 1970s and 1980s. This retrospective includes examples of work from throughout her career as well as contextual essays.
Celestial Horses and Long Sleeve Dancers
The David W Dewey Collection of Ancient Chinese Tomb Sculpture
The colourful ceramic figures (mingqi) placed within Chinese aristocratic tombs represent the humans and animals that protect, serve and entertain the soul in the afterlife. More than 200 such objects are illustrated in this volume, spanning two millennia from the Han dynasty to the tradition’s latter stages in the Ming dynasty. The accompanying text traces the political, religious and economic influences on the evolution of the art and examines what the sculptures reveal about ancient Chinese philosophy and daily life.
Chinese Ivory Carvings
The Sir Victor Sassoon Collection
Heir to a banking fortune, Victor Sassoon (1881–1961) assembled one of the world’s most important collections of Chinese ivory carving from his base in Shanghai. This magnificent volume presents 350 artefacts from his collection, now held in trust for the citizens of the UK. Introductory essays explore the acquisition of these exquisite ornaments, figurines, screens and sewing boxes, which range from the 2nd millennium BCE to the 20th century, and place them in their historical and cultural context.
Renaissance Woodcuts from the Collections of Georg Baselitz and The Albertina, Vienna
In the 16th century, German artists discovered that by printing from one or more colour blocks in addition to the line block, they could create a dramatic interplay of light and shade – chiaroscuro. Published to accompany an exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, this volume explains the development of the technique, demonstrates the effects it made possible, and presents 130 woodcuts from Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, including some by major artists such as Cranach, Beccafumi and Goltzius.
The Commedia dell'Arte and Porcelain Sculpture
Since the Renaissance, the characters of the Commedia dell'Arte – Harlequin, Columbine, Scaramouche and company – have inspired plays, paintings, engravings and porcelain. Drawing on some of the world's finest collections, especially that of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto, this magnificently illustrated survey presents 150 figures by leading British and European manufacturers, including the celebrated Meissen factories. It also explains the hidden meanings of these mysterious characters and how a bawdy street theatre became an elegant courtly entertainment.