Making Great Illustration
Celebrated illustrator Ronald Searle believed that many writers have little idea of how an illustrator might interpret their words, so it 'comes as a revelation to them that you can bring to life their prose or poem'. This exploration of the art of illustration profiles some of the world's leading practitioners in different genres, from advertising and fashion to children's publishing, and includes interviews with the artists, examples of their work and a series of essays by influential clients, agents and curators.
A Catalogue Raisonné of Prints and Multiples, 1971–2007
American conceptual artist John Baldessari began taking photographs in the 1960s as references for his paintings, but from the 1970s, photographs – often found images – increasingly became the building blocks of his exhibited work. He later developed a series of 'multiples', arranging and juxtaposing selections of prints, and experimented with three-dimensional prints. This catalogue raisonné features over 175 works, made between 1971 and 2007, with comprehensive information about each and a contextual essay analysing the development of Baldessari's printmaking.
Rembrandt is renowned as a painter, but also excelled as a printmaker. This volume demonstrates how he used the medium not only to reproduce his paintings for a wider audience, but to create original works of art that pushed engraving to its limits. Drawing on the superb collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, it groups some 130 works by Rembrandt, his predecessors and followers in chapters focusing on portraiture, daily life, landscape, mythology and religion.
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. This magnificent volume brings together 130 woodcuts from Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, some by major artists such as Cranach, Beccafumi and Goltzius. Published to accompany an exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, it explains the development of the technique, and demonstrates the stunning effects it made possible.
The Letters of Paul Cézanne
Misunderstood by his peers but hailed by later generations as the father of modern art, Cézanne has long fascinated artists and art lovers, writers, poets and philosophers. This new annotated translation of his letters provides fresh insight into his views on art, politics, literature and friendship. Illustrated with more than 70 images, this book enriches our knowledge of the artist and the man, who emerges as wittier, wiser, more irascible, more philosophical, and above all, more fully human.
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.
Listening to Stone
The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi
‘I’m an expatriate wherever I am’. Born to an American mother and Japanese father, Isamu Noguchi (1904–88) spent his life travelling restlessly around the world, synthesizing aesthetic values as he created items of furniture, massive sculptures and gardens. Drawing on Noguchi’s correspondence and illustrated with photographs of his work, this biography forms a meditation on art in a globalized milieu as it explores his journeys between East and West and his relationships with lovers and fellow-artists.
The Enchantment of Realism
Born in England, Colleen Browning (1918–2003) moved to New York in 1949, where she followed the Realist movement before moving toward Magic Realism in works such as Picture of a Painting of the Great Circus (1988). The very handsome, illustrated volume presents an overview of her life and work.
Monograph and Catalogue Raisonne 1974 –2004
These magnificent volumes present a descriptive catalogue of 2,215 works by the Nicaraguan painter, draughtsman and lithographer Armando Morales (1927–2011). The catalogue starts in 1974, at which time Morales had moved away from abstraction to painting the human form, still life and tropical landscapes. The volumes include a number of essays in French, Spanish or English, but all technical notes in the catalogue are in English. Slipcased.
Mondrian and His Studios
Colour in Space
Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) developed his abstract geometrical idiom in dialogue with the spaces that surrounded him, from urban architecture to the interiors of his studios. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at Tate Liverpool, this book reproduces 44 of his paintings in colour, alongside vintage photographs. Essays by noted Mondrian scholars, original texts by the artist and contemporary descriptions of his working spaces reveal the aesthetic philosophy that gave rise to his distinctive, instantly recognizable style.
The Zinkeisen Sisters & Their Legacy
Between the wars, the sisters Doris and Anna Zinkeisen were acclaimed at the Royal Academy and the Paris Salon, and in great demand as society portraitists. This engrossing book charts their lives and careers, and those of their gifted children: Anna’s daughter, the painter Julia Heseltine, and Doris’s twins, the book illustrators Janet and Anne Johnstone. More than 150 plates illustrate the dazzling range of their work, including Doris’s film costume designs and her sombre paintings as a war artist.
Missing Artworks of the Twentieth Century
Over the past century, many important works of modern art have disappeared through war, theft, disaster or carelessness. Based on the award-winning online exhibition The Gallery of Lost Art , this thought-provoking book tells the stories behind 40 lost pieces, from Epstein’s 1908 BMA sculptures to the present. Featuring work by Kandinsky, Miró, Bacon, Beuys, Duchamp, Kahlo, Whiteread and others, it examines the way loss has silently shaped art history, and how transience has become an accepted feature of contemporary practice.
The Master's Choice
The freshness and spontaneity of Edward Wesson’s watercolours and oils – described by Alwyn Crawshaw in his introduction as ‘paintings done with a relaxed and happy brush’ – are as popular now as they were in his lifetime. Along with four brief memoirs of the artist by friends and colleagues, this book brings together over 125 reproductions of lesser-known works in private collections and Wesson’s own teaching slides, which he used in much-acclaimed lectures and demonstrations.
An Artist's Village
GF Watts and Mary Watts at Compton
In eight illustrated essays, this book explores the artists’ complex created by George Frederic Watts (1817–1904) and his wife Mary (1849–1938) in the village of Compton in Surrey. Each chapter focuses on one of the Arts-and-Crafts-inspired buildings, its decoration and purpose: Limnerslease, the house designed by Sir Ernest George, the Compton Pottery and studio, the gallery and Mary Watts’s Art Nouveau chapel.
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.
Modern Masters Series
Francis Bacon’s commitment to the human form set him apart from his contemporaries; but recent revival of interest in figurative art has made his work more relevant than ever. With over 100 reproductions, detailed and insightful commentary, and a selection of the artist’s statements, this book provides a concise and informative introduction to the work of one of the most important painters of the 20th century. Abbeville Modern Masters series.
The Ralph Steadman Book of Dogs
Starting with a series of Blot dogs, draughtsman and dog-lover Ralph Steadman goes on to survey dog/man, dog/dog relationships in ever wilder pen and ink. Among the dogs there are championship pedigrees (Bedsock Booboo Ghengis Khan de Crotchlick), cross breeds, a dog giving that look ('the swine will melt you mercilessly with jungle cunning') and a mysterious Volcanic Winedog. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Although associated more with the city and popular culture than the countryside and the natural world, Andy Warhol did engage with nature in his art. This catalogue of an exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2015, with essays and reproductions of Warhol cats, dogs, flowers, the Sea Turtle and the Endangered Species and Camouflage series, offers a surprising new perspective on Warhol’s art.
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.
In the Moment
Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection
The sculptures in American billionaire Larry Ellison's collection of Japanese art consist mostly of religious subjects spanning 1,000 years, from the 9th to 19th centuries. In contrast, the paintings, on screens and hanging scrolls, are mainly secular depictions of birds, flowers and animals, and scenes from classical literature. This exhibition catalogue from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco also contains reproductions of lacquer, armour and metalwork and essays explaining the collection and the history of Japanese art.
In Grand Style
Celebrations in Korean Art During the Joseon Dynasty
The Joseon Dynasty, which ruled Korea from 1392 to 1897, was characterized by pageantry, ceremonial and celebration. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, this beautifully designed book illustrates and explains hundreds of artefacts – paintings, furniture, jade carvings, woodwork, ceramics and metalwork – that depict Joseon notions of kingship, royal processions and banquets, the lifestyle of the elite, and the power of women at the court.
Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
The serene beauty of Monet’s water lily paintings belies the turmoil out of which they were created. King’s sympathetic and insightful account focuses on the period when Monet stopped painting, grief-stricken by the death of his wife and facing the onset of blindness. As the guns roared on the Western Front, his friend Georges Clemenceau, the French premier, encouraged him to take up his brushes again. This book tells the compelling story behind Monet’s most iconic works of art.
Lucian Freud Portraits
Portraits were central to the work of Lucian Freud (1922–2011), and he described his approach to his sitters as ‘trying to relay something of who they are as a physical and emotional presence. I want the paint to work as flesh does’. In 2012, a major retrospective exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery surveyed Freud’s portraits, from 1941 to 2011. This catalogue presents reproductions of the 130 works exhibited, accompanied by essays, an interview with the artist and an illustrated chronology.
The Complete Graphic Work
From the Girl and Dog series of 1987 and the Nursery Rhymes of 1989, to recent works inspired by Martin McDonagh’s play The Pillowman (2003), this handsomely produced volume presents all Paula Rego’s graphic work in lithography, etching, aquatint and screen-printing up to 2012 in a total of 637 illustrations. Rosenthal discusses each individual work and series, including the much-acclaimed Abortion sequence and Jane Eyre, quoting Rego’s comments on her own works wherever possible.
New World View
Inaugurated by the German architect Walter Gropius in 1919, the Bauhaus became one of the most important art and design movements of the early 20th century, extending its influence far beyond architecture. In this lavishly illustrated book, Robinson explores the Bauhaus aesthetic in architecture, furniture and product design, and in the realm of fine art, notably the paintings of Kandinsky and Klee; finally, he looks at how Bauhaus ideals informed work in glass, ceramics and weaving, printing, photography and stage design.
Masterworks: Cézanne, Gauguin, Manet, Seurat, Van Gogh and Their Contemporaries
The term ‘Post-Impressionism’ was coined by Roger Fry in 1910 to describe the work of Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh and others being shown at an exhibition in London. In this lavishly illustrated introduction, Samuel Raybone examines in turn the themes – including experimentation with colour, the Japanese influence, the ‘primitive’, and symbolism – that preoccupied the seemingly diverse artists; and he examines both their dissatisfaction with Impressionism and their continuity with the earlier movement.
In earlier studies, Gwen John (1876–1939) has been depicted as a lifelong recluse, on record as desiring ‘a more interior life’. Alicia Foster argues against that view and its implications for the interpretation of the artist’s work. Instead, this study looks at John’s work in London, in Paris and in the context of contemporary artists; and examines, in particular, the relationship between women and the interior in her painting.
Penelope Curtis, a Director of Tate Britain, describes the life and work of Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975) and provides an up-to-date survey of the contexts in which her art can currently be understood. The book examines the impetus behind the formal clarity of Hepworth’s sculpture and her attempt at ‘holding the beautiful thought’ through the difficult times in which she lived.
The Belgian painter James Ensor (1860–1949) rarely left his hometown of Ostend, dividing his time between painting and working in his family’s curio shop. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, this catalogue is illustrated with more than 70 of his most intriguing works, alongside photographs of the artist and his circle. The essays explore the roots of Ensor’s art, and the sources of his bizarre imagery of skeletons and carnival masks in the family business.
Clarrie Wallis reassesses the influences and legacy of Patrick Caulfield (1936–2005), who came to prominence through The New Generation exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1964 and whose iconic and vibrant paintings of modern life reinvigorated the subject matter of traditional still life, interiors and landscape.
Terry Frost (1915–2003) was one of Britain’s great abstract painters. His career spanned seven decades, starting with his introduction to art in a Second World War prisoner-of-war camp and stretching into the 21st century. First published in 2000, this was the first book to present the extent of Frost’s art, placing it within historical context and in relation to the work of his international contemporaries.
This widely acclaimed critical introduction to the potter Bernard Leach (1887–1979) was first published in 1998, long before Edmund de Waal achieved such renown as a potter and author of The Hare with Amber Eyes. Reissued unrevised, this text explores Leach’s years in Japan, the duality in his career as maker and writer, and the complexities of his ceramic work.
The Art of Time, the Art of Place
Isaac Bashevis Singer and Marc Chagall – A Dialogue
There is no record that the painter Marc Chagall (1887–1985) and the storyteller Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904–1991) ever met, yet the connections between them are profound. Both moved to the West and absorbed Western influences, yet their art remained rooted in the Jewish shtetls of their native Russia (Chagall) and Poland (Singer). Illustrated with 19 colour plates, this perceptive and illuminating study demonstrates how both artists melded magic and realism in a joyous triumph over persecution.
After he retired from his work as a fisherman, Alfred Wallis spent nearly 20 years painting until his death in St Ives in 1942. Now, he is recognized as one of the most original British artists of the 20th century. This book revises previous accounts of Wallis’s life, traces the development of his painting, looks at the mythology that grew up around him and examines mid-20th-century ideas of the ‘primitive’.
Andrew Brighton describes his account as seeking ‘to inform how one might experience, think about and value Bacon’s work’. His book casts fresh light on Bacon’s formation as an artist in gay, aristocratic and bohemian London circles; it examines his working methods and technique; and it reveals the ideas, the beliefs and the life that together formed one of the most successful artists of the 20th century.
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.
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’.
Both profoundly original and astonishingly prolific, JMW Turner helped transform landscape painting into an expressive art form of enormous range and power. This study, covering all aspects of Turner’s work, reveals the extent to which he wanted his paintings to communicate intellectually as well as emotionally; and how he used landscape as a vehicle for ruminations on society, politics and the human condition.
While much writing about Constable focuses on his depictions of rural life and his ‘Englishness’, Vaughan’s study looks instead to ‘the sense of passionate observation and daring expression that gives so much excitement to his work’. The book draws extensively on the artist’s own correspondence to provide a fresh understanding of his artistic aims and achievements and reassess his role in the birth of modern art.
The American Dream
Pop to the Present
Covering key figures in American art, including Warhol, Jasper Johns, Rauchenberg, Cy Twombly and Richard Serra, this volume presents an overview of printmaking in America since the 1960s. With over 200 reproductions and profiles of around 70 artists it traces the main trends in art from pop art, through the rise of minimalism, conceptual art and photorealism in the 1970s, to the engagement with contentious issues such as race, AIDS and feminism that continues to this day.
Circling Around Abstraction
Although best known for her figurative paintings of landscapes and close-up flowers, Georgia O’Keeffe experimented with abstract compositions throughout her career, often exploring circular or swirling shapes. With contextual essays by the curators, this catalogue, published to accompany the exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, explores her abstract compositions through a series of 51 paintings and sculptures, from charcoal drawings of the 1910s to paintings of the 1970s.
Marie-Louise von Motesiczky
1906–1996: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings
Forced to flee her native Vienna by the Nazis, the artist Marie-Louise von Motesiczky (1906–1996) spent the rest of her life in London, where she continued to paint prolifically. This magnificent catalogue charts her background, influences and career, and presents her substantial oeuvre in its entirety, reproducing some 350 paintings, including still lifes, landscapes and portraits of her family and friends, among them the writers Elias Canetti and Iris Murdoch.
The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes
The Mantuan court sculptor Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (c.1455–1528), exemplifies the Renaissance passion for the revival of antiquity. He studied, restored and re-created antique art with unparalleled skill, but also developed new technology and, with his gilded and silvered statuettes, pioneered the genre of bronzes made in multiples. Published to accompany an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, this volume presents the first English-language monograph on Antico, and over 150 colour photographs of his sculptures.
Professor Humfrey, a leading scholar of the Renaissance, provides a magnificent introduction to the life and work of Titian (c.1488/90–1576), the great Venetian painter whose expressive brushwork and revolutionary use of colour was renowned during his lifetime and has inspired artists down to the present day. Humfrey’s concise account follows Titian’s artistic inspirations and development and is accompanied by over 170 reproductions chosen to give a balanced view of the range of his work and its themes. No jacket.
Painting and Photography
After Louis Daguerre unveiled his photographic process in 1839, the technique was taken up with widespread enthusiasm and soon became enormously popular. But this new way of representing reality also excited controversy, particularly among artists, to whom it posed a unique challenge. Illustrated with hundreds of paintings and early photographs, this ground-breaking study examines the fraught relationship that developed between the two art forms across a range of genres, from portraiture and still life to landscape and the nude.
Painted Women and Cosmetic Art
Focusing on women’s faces, real and ideal, as depicted in art, Professor Fry’s study examines shifting perceptions of female beauty during the period from the Renaissance to 1940, and explores the concept and reality of applied beauty – the face enhanced by cosmetics. After an introduction surveying ideals of beauty throughout history, the in-depth discussion is accompanied by over 220 photographs and reproductions ranging from Bellini’s Young Woman at her Toilette (1525) to Sir James Gunn’s portrait of Pauline Waiting (1939).
Art and Architecture in Europe During the 15th and 16th Centuries
The extraordinary artistic revolution known as the Renaissance began in 15th-century Italy, from where it spread throughout the whole of Europe. Concise yet compendious, this one-volume overview recounts its compelling story against the dramatic politics of the time. Lavishly illustrated with colour reproductions, it presents the key paintings, sculptures and buildings, and the ideas behind them. It also profiles their creators such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli, and their patrons, including the powerful and sinister Medici family.