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.
Van Gogh: A Life in Places
Following Van Gogh from his native Netherlands to his residences across England, Belgium and France, this concise biography focuses on how he portrayed the different locations he lived in and what his extensive writing on each one reveals. Illustrated throughout, the book considers his images of buildings as portraits, imbued with character, and shows his progression from making detailed drawings to creating landscape paintings and, eventually, developing his distinctive style.
Art Nouveau and the Vienna Secessionists
Gustav Klimt was one of a number of Viennese artists who strove to break free of the constraints of the late 19th-century academic art establishment. The self-styled Secessionists – among them Egon Schiele, Koloman Moser and the architect Otto Wagner – were united, not in the style of their work, but in their desire for freedom and the bid for Gesamtkunstwerk or total art. This volume explores their art, their involvement with literature and music, and the 'total art' of Klimt's Beethoven Frieze.
Space Mission Art
The Mission Patches and Insignias of America's Human Spaceflights
Each NASA space flight, from the early 1960s to the present day, has had a logo designed specifically for the mission, often with input from the astronauts. This catalogue of the artworks is also a record of all 167 voyages, from Project Mercury and Apollo to the Space Shuttle, with portraits of the crews and details about each flight.
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 Greeks in Asia
Surveying artistic, archaeological and literary sources, Boardman demonstrates the extent of ancient Greek cultural interactions with the much older civilizations of Central Asia, India and Western China. He discusses how the Greeks ‘came to leave a very distinctive imprint on the lives and arts of many distant peoples’, not least through the enduring influence of their art on the Buddhist Gandhara sculptural style.
Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court
Based on 40 years of research, this well illustrated volume offers insights into the life and career of Gouthière (1732–1813), and a definitive catalogue raisonné of his work. Credited with inventing matt gilding, he secured clients including the Duke of Aumont and Madame Du Barry and was held in such esteem that hundreds of items were attributed to him, yet he fell into obscurity and this is the first major study of him for over a century.
Britain's Discovery of the Master
Although Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) lived and worked in the Dutch Republic, his work became famous across Europe, and particularly in Britain during the 18th century, when a huge number of his paintings, drawings and prints entered British collections. Bringing together key works that remain in Britain, this volume tells the story of how Rembrandt’s art inspired British collectors, artists and writers over almost four centuries. The book originally accompanied an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Slightly off-mint.
The Twenty First Century Art Book
Arranged alphabetically by artist to avoid artistic or geographical categorizations, the works in this volume show the wide range of media and techniques being used in 21st-century art. The entries each comprise a colour image and brief description, and include emerging as well as established names, such as Banksy, Tracey Emin, Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Rhythms of Modern Life
British Prints 1914–1939
From images of the first industrial war by Edward Wadsworth, Paul Nash and CRW Nevinson, to Sybil Andrews’s abstract illustrations of urban life, this catalogue examines the impact of Continental Futurism and Cubism on British modernist printmakers. The book focuses on 13 artists, with reproductions of over 100 prints, arranged thematically by subject matter and stylistic direction, and essays on linocut block printing and the Grosvenor School artists. The catalogue accompanied an exhibition held in Boston and New York.
Design and Colour in Watercolour
After studying at the Glasgow School of Art and working in fabric design, Michelle Scragg returned to her first love, painting, and became a successful artist. In this book she explains her adventurous approach to watercolour and her love for colour and design. Richly illustrated with Scragg's own work, the book discusses the basic skills and strengths of watercolour, the use of bold colour, the value of drawing, the art of translating painting into fabric design, and studio practice.
Victorian Master of Still Life
George Lance was the Victorian artist who almost single-handedly effected the revival of still life painting. He was much admired by contemporaries such as JMW Turner, yet today his name is all but forgotten. Intended to restore his reputation and bring his art to a contemporary audience, this biography, which is extensively illustrated with his paintings, explores his life and work, including the controversy that led to his exclusion from the Royal Academy.
The Alan Ward Railway Sketchbook
A Compilation of Scribbles, Working Sketches, and Completed Paintings from the Alan Ward Collection
West Country artist Alan Ward was renowned for wildlife and landscape compositions and particularly for his meticulously observed railway paintings, often depicting scenes from the age of steam. This monochrome portfolio reveals his working methods and ability as a draftsman through a selection of visual notes and pencil sketches, in many cases with the resulting final painting also reproduced for context.
Winslow Homer and England
The 19 months he spent in England in 1881–82 marked a turning point in the career of the American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910). After visiting London, he stayed in the Northumbrian coastal village of Cullercoats, and the paintings he did there, particularly of working women and the sea, anticipate the muscular style of his maturity. This catalogue comprises five essays along with reproductions of 79 works, including examples of English paintings and photography which influenced Homer during his time in England.
And the Gods of Love
In five scholarly essays, illustrated by more than 150 photographs of sculptures, mosaics, painted vases, statuettes and coins, this volume traces the worship of the deity of love, from her Eastern Mediterranean ancestors to the Greek cults of Aphrodite, and discusses the paradox of the ‘philandering goddess of marriage’, Eros her child, and the female nude in classical art.
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.
Geology in European and American Art
During the late 18th and 19th centuries, art and scientific observation converged as geologists and artists shared a fascination with the Earth’s topography. Accompanying an American exhibition, this catalogue explores that moment of interdisciplinary engagement through commentary and reproductions of 52 paintings and drawings, including works such as Joseph Wright of Derby’s Entrance to the Dove Holes, Derbyshire (1773), Henry Moore’s Mer de Glace (1856), and Legendary England: Tintagel (1882) by the American artist William Trost Richards.
Introducing one group of these tiny African sculptures from the collection of John and Nicole Dintenfass, the art historian Bérénice Geoffroy-Schnieter writes of the ‘challenge of the minute, the intimate, the secret’. Beautifully photographed and accompanied by essays on African art forms and the psychology of collecting, the 130 works presented here include effigies, miniature masks, weaving tools, and statuettes whose purpose was to cure and restore the world’s balance.
Vermeer and Music
The Art of Love and Leisure
Accompanying a National Gallery exhibition in 2013, this study of the significance of music in Dutch painting looks in particular at five paintings by Vermeer, including The Music Lesson (c.1662–3) on loan from the Royal Collection, and another 20 works by his contemporaries. These works by Vermeer and artists such as Jan Steen, Gabriel Metsu and Pieter de Hooch illustrate the important role of music in 17th-century Dutch art and culture.
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 Glory of Saint George
Man, Dragon and Death
Saint George and the Dragon have captured the popular imagination for centuries, not least for their capacity to represent human power over adversity. This catalogue to a 2015–17 exhibition about the myth of Saint George, held in the Musée des Arts Contemporains in Hornu, Belgium, surveys drawings, icons, illuminations, paintings and sculpture of the saint, including those by Albrecht Dürer, Lewis Carroll and Andy Warhol, and features seven essays on his cultural legacy.
The Art of Ancient Greece
The Walters Art Museum
Bequeathed to the city of Baltimore ‘for the benefit of the people’, the major collection of Greek art assembled by Henry Walters (1848–1931) is rich in small-scale works. This volume presents the collection’s highlights in chronological order, from a Cycladic female idol (c.2500 BCE) to jewellery and cast bronze statuettes of the Hellenistic age. Each period is introduced by an essay tracing the development of artistic themes and techniques; an appendix provides an overview of Greek pottery.
Focused on the inter-war years, this is a concise account of how artists and designers responded to technology, modernization and the violence of war by committing themselves to creating a better world through art. Originally accompanying the V&A exhibition ‘Modernism: Designing a New World 1914–1939' and illustrated with photographs of almost 100 exhibits, the book covers Modernist movements such as Bauhaus and International style and their work in art, design and architecture.
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.
Masterpieces of Art
Edvard Munch (1863–1944), the Norwegian artist who created the famous Expressionist painting The Scream, was absorbed by themes of love, death and anguish and combined colour and emotion in 'an art that arrests and engages, an art created of one's innermost heart'. In this volume Candice Russell gives a succinct account of Munch's life and art, followed by around 90 reproductions of his paintings, arranged chronologically from early Naturalist works to his final self-portrait.
Renaissance Masterpieces of Art
Julia Biggs’s illustrated, introductory account of the origins and development of Renaissance art accompanies 80 reproductions of paintings, altarpieces and frescos, arranged chronologically from late 13th- and 14th-century works by Duccio and Giotto to Veronese’s Feast in the House of Levi (1573), and including masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael.
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.
Saving Mona Lisa
The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures From the Nazis
On 25 August 1939, nine days before France declared war on Germany, the staff of the Louvre began history’s greatest museum evacuation. The artworks went first to the châteaux of the Loire valley, then moved on to escape the advancing Nazis – Mona Lisa made six nail-biting journeys to new hide-outs. Here, Gerri Chanel tells the story of the curators’ battles to save the Louvre collections, from the first exodus to the homecoming in the summer of 1945.
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.
A Beginner's Guide
Professor Adams’s succinct introduction to the visual arts starts with a discussion of what art is and a brief history of Western art since the Stone Age, then addresses several major issues: the origins of art, its form and meaning, its purpose, and the power of images to create controversy.
The Life of Titian
The Life of Titian (1648) by the Venetian artist and writer Carlo Ridolfi, documents Titian’s life and work, but also counters Vasari’s earlier, somewhat negative appraisal of Venice and its artists. An invaluable source of information on Titian, the text is translated here by Julia and Peter Bondanella, with an introduction by Bruce Cole and an essay by Jody Robin Shiffman comparing the writings of Vasari and Ridolfi.
Art and Authenticity
This illustrated collection of essays explores various facets of the question of authenticity in art, including the material facts of attribution and provenance, the place of copies and reproductions and the conceptual question of when the portrayal of a subject is an 'authentic' representation.
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 bird's-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.
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.
Joseph de Levis and Company
Renaissance Bronze-founders in Verona
Charles Avery is a leading authority on Renaissance art, and an admirer of the 16th- and 17th-century bronze works of Joseph de Levis and his family. This illustrated survey of their lives and works includes church-bells, some of which remain in remote country churches, mortars, inkstands, perfume-burners, door-knockers and firedogs. Each artefact is accompanied by a detailed explanation of its significance and inscriptions, while the family story gives an insight into the Jewish Diaspora of the period.
Young Bomberg and the Old Masters
While known for creating radical, abstract art Bomberg honed his painting skills as a teenager by copying the work of old masters at the National Gallery in London. This well-illustrated catalogue explores the connections between some of his more ambitious works and those of the painters he admired, demonstrating the extent of his engagement with artists including Rembrandt and Michelangelo.
Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt
Through discussion of 50 portrait drawings by artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, this volume of essays, reproductions and commentaries explores the creative encounter between artist and sitter. Discussing works by artists such as Bernini, Dürer and Holbein, the authors address a number of themes, notably the reasons why artists produced portrait drawings, and the impact of developments in drawing on the practice of portraiture over a period of around 250 years. Originally accompanied a National Portrait Gallery exhibition.
El Greco to Goya
Velazquez’ portrait of the ageing Philip IV, the king he had served for over three decades, and Goya’s remarkable portrayal of the Duke of Wellington showing the stress of battle shortly after Salamanca are among the 38 paintings reproduced, with commentaries, in this short history and celebration of the Spanish paintings in the National Gallery’s collections.
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.
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.
Impressionists in London
The EY Exhibition: French Artists in Exile 1870–1904
This finely illustrated catalogue to the Tate Britain and Petit Palais exhibitions of 2017–18 celebrates the numerous French artists who fled the Franco-Prussian War and Paris Commune of 1870–71 for exile in London. Here they absorbed London’s architecture, society and skylines into their socially conscious artworks. Stellar talents such as Monet and Pissarro feature alongside less well known artists including James Tissot, Charles-François Daubigny and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.
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.
War Artists in Afghanistan
Beyond The Wire
Jules George travelled to Helmand as a war artist in 2010, in the wake of its bloodiest year for British troops. This book reproduces his sketches, watercolours and oil paintings, along with the work of four other artists who documented that conflict. Against the vast beauty of the Afghan landscape, they capture the experience of soldiers on patrol or caught in a firefight. Each artist’s work is accompanied by his or her first-hand account of war in Afghanistan.
Water Lilies & The Garden of Giverny
In 1883 Claude Monet sailed his studio boat down the Seine and came upon a farmhouse in the tiny hamlet of Giverny. It was here that he would spend the rest of his life, creating the gardens and lily ponds that inspired his best-known works. Richly illustrated with many of his paintings, this magnificent book explores his life and art, his subtle mastery of light, and the creation of the Grandes Décorations that now hang in the Orangerie in Paris.
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.
Painting East Anglia & Beyond
A marine and landscape artist, teacher and member of the Wapping Group, Peter Gilman had been painting in East Anglia, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and along the Thames for 30 years before his death, by suicide, in 1984. This book brings together full-page reproductions of 120 works in watercolour, oil or acrylic, with a biographical introduction to the artist and his work, including tributes by fellow Wapping Group artists.
The Artists of Northumbria
An Illustrated Dictionary of Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and North East Yorkshire
Marshall Hall's illustrated biographical dictionary has long been the standard reference work on the painters, sculptors, draughtsmen and women, printmakers, stained-glass artists, illustrators and caricaturists of Northumberland, Durham, Cleveland and Tyne and Wear. This updated and greatly enlarged edition now includes well over 1,000 artists, including, for the first time, those born between 1900 and 1950. In addition to the biographies, Hall's introduction discusses the broad trends of artistic endeavour in the north east.
Soviet Women and their Art
The Spirit of Equality
Immediately following the Russian Revolution in 1917, Bolshevik legislation emancipated women, giving them unprecedented freedoms. In this volume, five art critics and historians examine the response of women artists to these momentous changes, exploring changing ideals of feminine beauty and the role of women in Soviet society. The illustrated essays are followed by a gallery of works by twelve painters and sculptors, with introductions to the life and work of each artist.
The Helmet Heads
Henry Moore's helmet sculptures were inspired by visits to the medieval armour section of the Wallace Collection where he first made sketches in the mid 1930s. This exploration of this aspect of his work was published to accompany the 2019 exhibition at the museum and includes working models, drawings and finished sculptures by Moore as well as essays on his connection to the Wallace Collection and the helmet theme throughout his career.
The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany
Known for his intricate and vibrantly coloured leaded glasswork, Tiffany received numerous ecclesiastical commissions. Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Richard H Driehaus Museum in Chicago in 2019–20, this illustrated catalogue focuses on eleven windows produced in his studios from 1880–1925, considering them in terms of their craftsmanship as well as looking at the broader story behind their creation.
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.
New Forest Birds
Sculpture by Geoffrey Dashwood
Originally published to accompany a 2017 exhibition, this volume presents the bird sculptures of Geoffrey Dashwood, inspired by species associated with the New Forest. Cast in bronze with perfectly smooth surfaces and coloured patinas, the sculptures range from a tabletop robin to a monumental peregrine falcon. Appreciations of the artist’s work and the birds depicted are provided by TV naturalist Chris Packham.
Masterpieces of Art
Beginning with a concise survey of the life and work of William Morris (1834–96) and paying particular attention to his pivotal role in the Arts and Crafts Movement, this volume from the popular Masterpieces of Art series presents a selection of his much-loved designs for wallpaper and printed, woven and embroidered textiles. Altogether, there are almost 100 designs presented in full-page colour reproductions, with notes on their motifs and original intended use.
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
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 Lempicka, Robert Delaunay and Erté.
This updated edition showcases the work of Australia's indigenous artists across all media. Illustrated throughout, it highlights the impact of urban living, the growth of supportive local art centres, and the rise of female practitioners, all testifying to Aboriginal art's continued dynamism and vitality.
Art of the Middle Ages
Encompassing the whole period from Early Christian to late Gothic, this authoritative study of medieval visual arts in Europe focuses particularly on the connections between art and society and how artistic techniques, such as those used in metalwork and textiles, determined production. Slightly off-mint.
Five Centuries of British Painting
From Holbein to Hodgkin
Andrew Wilton provides a highly illustrated overview of British art over the past five hundred years, from hesitant beginnings under the influence of Holbein up to 20th Century Modernism as embodied by the Bloomsbury Group. Slightly off-mint.
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.
Modern Art Collection in the Pinakothek der Moderne
Bernhard Maaz, Director of the Bavarian State Painting Collections, presents his choice of around 35 paintings and sculptures from the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. The works range from Edvard Munch’s Woman in Red Dress (1902–3) to Joseph Beuys’ installation The End of the Twentieth Century (1985) and include a prized recent acquisition: Paul Klee’s Pastor Kohl (1952).
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Along with an introduction to the life and work of the great Renaissance ‘artist-engineer’, this volume brings together extracts from his writings, facsimile pages of his notebooks, plans and drawings, and reproductions of paintings including The Last Supper and Mona Lisa, illustrating the tremendous scope of Leonardo’s genius. The book is bound in gilt-embossed scarlet linen and slip-cased.
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.
Vincent van Gogh
The Great Artists
Susie Hodge traces the life of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) from his childhood in the Netherlands, through the places that were so important to his art – Paris, Arles and Saint-Rémy – to his illness and death in Auvers. Among the topics discussed are van Gogh’s letters, his depiction of the poor in The Potato Eaters (1885) and the self-portraits.
The Great Artists
Thomas Stevens introduces Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), one of the original group of French Impressionist painters, with reproductions and commentary on his enduringly popular paintings such as La Loge (1874), which was Renoir’s principal exhibit at the first Impressionist show, Dance at the Moulin de la Galette (1876) and The Umbrellas.
The Great Artists
AN Hodge explores the life and loves of the Viennese artist Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and the progress of his art, from a traditionally academic style, through the Viennese Secession to the erotic drawings and his increasingly stylized, ornate and gilded paintings of women, including the now famous Kiss.
The Great Artists
Claude Monet (1840–1926) was one of the original Impressionist group whose subjects were modern life and the play of light on people and landscape. This richly illustrated introduction to his life and work traces Monet’s style and preoccupations from early success at the official Salon (with Camille in 1866) to his final paintings of the waterlilies in his garden at Giverny.
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.
Art Deco Master of Graphic Art and Illustration
The Russian emigré artist Romain de Tirtoff is best known by the phonetic French rendering of his initials: Erté – and for many is synonymous with Art Deco. In the course of his long life he was key to the development of the style in the 1920s, and lived to see its revival in the 1970s. This well-illustrated volume surveys his life and work, including his jewellery, furnishings, magazine covers for Harper's and his seminal sets for the Ziegfeld Follies.
The 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.
Mothers and Children
Mary Cassatt’s tender images of women and children offer an insight into domesticity and their subjects’ everyday lives, and redefined portraiture as a genre. Introduced by two essays outlining her career and beliefs, the 50 examples collected here range from 1878 to 1914 and reveal the influence of Japanese prints and Renaissance paintings of the Madonna and child as well as Cassatt’s mastery of Impressionism.
William Merritt Chase
Having studied in Munich in the 1870s, William Merritt Chase (1849–1916) returned to New York and began developing an American version of Impressionism, depicting modern subjects and particularly the ‘new women’ of urban America. This short biography, illustrated with around 50 reproductions, introduces Chase’s life and his significant contribution to American art.
Emerging from the Shadows
Frank Holl is an overlooked Victorian talent who tragically worked himself to death at the age of 33. He was one of Van Gogh’s favourite English painters and an influence on the great artist. As a portrait painter he has been compared to Watts and Millais, but it was the darkness of Holl’s social realism, bleak depictions of poverty and of the underworld, that resonated with his contemporary admirers. This illustrated volume is the first retrospective and reappraisal of this significant British artist.
Although Goya (1746–1828) received no portrait commissions until he was 37, such works make up nearly a third of his painted oeuvre. Produced to accompany an exhibition of more than 60 portraits, this volume reveals the range of Goya’s technical and stylistic achievements. In particular, it shows how the artist built on the model of earlier court painters, including Velázquez, while giving new psychological depth to depictions of the royalty, philosophers and military men of his own revolutionary times.
Rembrandt's Abraham and the Angels
Painted in 1646 on a panel less than nine inches wide, Rembrandt’s Abraham Entertaining the Angels is a work of intense spirituality. Privately owned, it had a rare public showing at The Frick Collection in New York in 2017. This associated study places the painting as the first of a series of ten depictions of divine intervention in human life. A further 26 illustrations relate it to work by Rembrandt’s predecessors and contemporaries.
The Conversation Piece
Scenes of Fashionable Life
Deriving from the secular compositions of Dutch art, the conversation piece – typically an informal scene of a family in conversation or a group engaged in an activity – became highly fashionable in 18th-century England. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, this volume traces the development of the genre and discusses examples from the Royal Collection, including works by Stubbs, Gainsborough, Hogarth and the master of the genre, Jan Zoffany.
O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith
Representing modernism in America and Australia, the artists featured in the 2016–17 Making Modernism exhibition defied convention to depict the complexity of the 20th century in their own way. The accompanying catalogue contains essays focusing on 14 individual works, and how they reflect their creator’s innovative approaches to still life, landscape and identity; a further 51 images; a short biography of each painter; and a timeline tracing their careers.
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.
Published to coincide with Elizabeth Blackadder’s 80th birthday retrospective at the Scottish National Gallery in 2011, this catalogue reproduces 94 examples of her work, from a self-portrait in 1951 to watercolours of crabs and shells in 2011, revealing the intuitive nature of her art and its diverse range. A chronology of her life is accompanied by essays from Philip Long and John Leighton.
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.
Artists in Britain Since 1945
This updated and considerably extended edition of David Buckman's classic reference work contains thousands of revisions and approximately 4,000 new biographies - including many of young, cutting- edge artists deploying the newest technologies - bringing the total number of entries to around 14,500. The A-Z listing covers painters, sculptors, printmakers, mural painters and performance, installation and video artists and is meticulously researched, drawing on information supplied by the artists themselves as well as other primary source materials.
Scottish Native Farm Animals, Characters and Landscapes
Polly Pullar's tour through Scottish rural life includes portraits of every native breed of Scottish farm animal along with tales and anecdotes from breeders and crofters on subjects as diverse as sheep auctions, bothy making, Highland trekking and bovine embryo transplantation. This unique view of Scotland's agrarian culture, illustrated by Keith Brockie, includes a Highlander's recollection of an eccentric childhood, a farmer describing the tragedy of foot-and-mouth disease, and a look into the history of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society.
The Autobiography of a Snake
In the early 1960s Andy Warhol was a successful fashion illustrator and graphic designer and one of his early clients was the reptile leather company Fleming-Joffe Ltd. When the company won a prestigious award, Warhol created a slide show of ‘Noa the Boa, a snake with a passion for fashion’ for the presentation. This is Noa’s story, published for the first time from the original drawings now in the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Off-mint.
The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin at the Legion of Honor
Rodin’s The Thinker has been a prominent exhibit at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor gallery since its opening in 1924, the museum’s founder having been a significant patron of the artist. This exhibition catalogue, published in 2017 to commemorate the centenary of the sculptor’s death, includes newly commissioned photographs of many of Rodin’s most important works, including The Burghers of Calais, The Gates of Hell and The Kiss, as well as plaster models and fragments.
Early Greek Vase Painting
11th–6th Centuries BC
John Boardman traces the development of Greek vase painting before the Classical period, from the ‘Dark Ages’, through the Geometric and Orientalizing styles, to the regional schools of the 6th century, which competed with the dominant Corinthian and Athenian painters.
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.
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.
Lucian Freud's Sketchbooks
Now in the Collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, these previously unpublished images from the sketchbooks of Lucian Freud (1922–2011) were made over the course of his career and enhance our understanding of the work of this major figurative artist. The book presents reproductions of 60 drawings and watercolours, along with an introduction by Sarah Howgate, Senior Curator of the Contemporary Collection, an essay entitled ‘Everything is Autobiographical’ by Martin Gayford, and an illustrated chronology.
Anarchy and Beauty
William Morris and His Legacy 1860–1960
A firm believer that objects of beauty should be available to everyone, William Morris (1834–96) influenced British socialism, the Arts and Crafts movement and the development of garden cities. In this illustrated book Fiona MacCarthy explores his vision of art’s role in society, from his early career and political thoughts to the publication of his utopian novel News from Nowhere in 1890, and the reflection of his values in the 1951 Festival of Britain.
Peonies and Pomegranates
Botanic Illustrations from Asia
After describing the history of Asian gardens and how western traders, botanists and plant hunters brought back eastern plants for the gardens of Europe, Celia Fisher presents, in alphabetical order, over 70 flowers, fruits and trees from oriental gardens. The story of each species and its journey from east to west is illustrated with paintings, prints or drawings by Asian and Middle Eastern artists drawn from the British Library collections.
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.
Paintings in the Iveagh Bequest
Housed in Kenwood, London's 'finest country residence', the Iveagh Bequest is a superb art collection formed by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, between 1887 and 1891 and comprising old master paintings by artists including Vermeer, Van Dyck, Boucher, Gainsborough and Reynolds. This catalogue of the Bequest presents 102 paintings, with reproductions and commentaries illustrated with details, sketches and related works. There are also essays on Kenwood, Lord Iveagh's role as a collector and an introduction to the collection.
A Beginner's Guide
From Neoclassicism to Post-Impressionism, this guide outlines the key ideas and principal artists of a century rich with stylistic innovation and controversy. While focusing on developments in France, it also considers important painters working in Germany, America and Britain. Off-mint.
The Artistic Ape
Three Million Years of Art
In 1967 Desmond Morris published The Naked Ape, his pioneering study of human behaviour patterns; now he brings his expertise as a surrealist painter to a history of ‘the complex activity that we refer to as art’. Looking back to the earliest known visual art, he uncovers the biological roots of the human species’ artistic impulses, compares pictures made by non-human animals and examines how traditions around the world have reflected art’s evolution from prehistoric times to the present.