The Art of the Horse in Chinese History
Published to accompany an exhibition at The Kentucky Horse Park & International Museum of the Horse, this volume explores the impact of the horse on the development of Chinese civilization and art. It comprises a detailed, illustrated text tracing the evolution of horse-drawn vehicles, cavalry horses and topics such as harnessing systems and stirrups; and an illustrated catalogue of over 170 artefacts, including sculptures of horses, a wide range of objects with equine decoration, and items of ancient tack.
Photographs, Drawings and Photomontages
The photographer Erwin Blumenfeld (1897–1968) was born in Berlin and spent the inter-war years working in Amsterdam and Paris before escaping to New York. This catalogue of a major exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Paris reproduces hundreds of his striking works in all media and from all phases of his career, from the early experimental collages that won him acclaim, through his political work satirizing Hitler, to his later fashion photography for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
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.
The Art of Music
As Keats observed in his ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’, music and art have been intertwined since antiquity. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art, this beautiful volume explores the connection from ancient pottery to contemporary video art. Superbly illustrated with more than 250 colour images, the essays examine the representation of music in the arts of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, collaborations between musicians and artists, and phenomena such as synaesthesia.
Art as Therapy
The modern world thinks of art as something very important, yet many people leave galleries feeling confused. What is art for? This book proposes that it has a therapeutic purpose, and can help us overcome our doubts and inadequacies. Illustrated with hundreds of full-colour reproductions of works of art from all eras, it identifies seven areas – remembering, hope, sorrow, rebalancing, self-understanding, growth and appreciation – in which art can help us come to terms with our feelings.
Portraits and Caftans of the Ottoman Sultans
The custom of preserving the clothing of the sultans dates from the time of Mehmed II and the building of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul in the second half of the 15th century. With photographs of garments in the Topkapi collection, large-scale reproductions of miniature paintings and Nurhan Atasoy’s detailed descriptions of the various items of clothing, this volume surveys changes in costume through 36 sultans, from Osman Gazi (r.1299–1324) to Mehmed VI (r.1918–1922).
Blue Rider in the Lenbachhaus Munich
Formed by a group of artists that included Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky, Gabriele Munter and Paul Klee, the Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter) held their first exhibition in 1911. United, but working on the basis of diversity, the artists’ intensely colourful, expressive paintings have lost none of their original impact. This magnificent volume reproduces 130 paintings from the Lenbachhaus collection, with essays on the collection and Blue Rider history and ideas, profiles of 13 artists and detailed commentary on each painting.
Catalogue Raisonne of His Sketchbooks
Having made his name with his 'Apocalyptic Landscapes' before the First World War, German expressionist artist Ludwig Meidner's career stalled due to anti-Semitic persecution in the 1930s and then self-imposed exile in Britain from 1939 until the 1950s, but he continued to sketch prolifically. A record of his work in sketchbooks made between 1898 and 1957, this catalogue raisonne presents over 1,700 graphic works. With an introduction and explanatory text in German and English.
John Everett Millais
A founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, John Everett Millais (1829-1896) was a commercially successful and artistically influential painter. Early paintings such as Isabella (1849) and Ophelia (1851-2) have remained popular, but his later work, although it led the Aesthetic movement, has been unjustly neglected. In this first monograph to appraise the artist's entire career, Rosenfeld shows how Millais's art was at the forefront of contemporary painting throughout his life. With over 160 reproductions.
St Ives Artist - Man of Vision
Borlase Smart (1881-1947) was a painter who settled in St Ives, Cornwall, after serving in the First World War. There he played a pivotal role in supporting and encouraging the younger artists who arrived over the following years and created the Modernist colony that was to become so influential. This book tells the story of his contributions to the artistic and wider community, as well as exploring the work that made him an accomplished artist in his own right.
Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture
Leonardo da Vinci is celebrated for his versatility, yet in one medium his work has received scant attention: sculpture. Produced to accompany an exhibition at the High Museum, Atlanta, this illuminating study dispels the myth that he regarded sculpture as a lesser art. With 50 colour plates and over 100 smaller figures, it juxtaposes da Vinci's achievements with work by contemporaries; while essays by leading experts discuss his efforts to acquire the necessary skills, the works that influenced him, and those he influenced in turn.
Public Sculpture of Cheshire and Merseyside (exc. Liverpool)
Covering an area that has eleven major cities and towns, excluding Liverpool (the subject of Vol 1) this detailed survey covers sculptures ranging from the relatively sparse number of medieval church monuments to W Goscombe John’s magnificent Port Sunlight War Memorial (1921) and Jaume Plensa’s Dream (2008-9) at the former Sutton Manor Colliery. The entries are arranged alphabetically by location.
Public Sculpture of Herefordshire, Shropshire&Worcestershire
Beginning with an essay outlining the distinct features of public sculpture in the area, this fourth volume on the West Midlands covers public sculpture ranging in date from medieval times to 2005 and including church monuments by Roubiliac, Rysbrack, Nollekens, Flaxman and Chantry. The book is arranged alphabetically by location within each of the three counties.
Public Sculpture of Norfolk and Suffolk
Public Sculpture of Britain Volume Sixteen
The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association was founded in 1991 to encourage the study and conservation of Britain's public sculpture and commemorative and decorative monuments. The volumes of its National Recording Project provide detailed catalogues of significant sculptures, excluding works in art galleries and museums. Each book comprises an introduction to the region; illustrated entries on individual works arranged by location; biographies of the artists; and a glossary and index. Richard Cocke introduces the architecture and monumental art of Norfolk and Suffolk, from the Neolithic Sea Henge to 21st-century sculpture, before describing in detail over 300 works, including the Nelson Memorial in Great Yarmouth and Clesinger's Fighting Bulls at Lynford.
A Celebration of the Artist's Life and Work
An architect by profession, James Fletcher-Watson (1913-2004) was an artist at heart, a passionate believer in maintaining the pure English watercolour tradition, who was widely regarded as one of the leading British landscape watercolourists of his time. As well as his early paintings, this celebratory volume presents reproductions of 85 watercolours of landscape and architecture from across Britain, from Burwash in Sussex to Glen Coe, and a final section of paintings from his extensive travels abroad.
Public Sculpture of Outer South and West London
Public Sculpture of Britain Volume Thirteen
The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association was founded in 1991 to encourage the study and conservation of Britain's public sculpture and commemorative and decorative monuments. The volumes of its National Recording Project provide detailed catalogues of significant sculptures, excluding works in art galleries and museums. Each book comprises an introduction to the region; illustrated entries on individual works arranged by location; biographies of the artists; and a glossary and index. This volume covers eight boroughs - Croydon, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Sutton - and describes over 300 public monuments and sculptures, including works by Jacob Epstein and Eduardo Paolozzi and Grinling Gibbons's work at Hampton Court Palace.
Public Sculpture of Bristol
Public Sculpture of Britain Volume Twelve
The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association was founded in 1991 to encourage the study and conservation of Britain's public sculpture and commemorative and decorative monuments. The volumes of its National Recording Project provide detailed catalogues of significant sculptures, excluding works in art galleries and museums. Each book comprises an introduction to the region; illustrated entries on individual works arranged by location; biographies of the artists; and a glossary and index. Among many notable works in the volume for Bristol are Rysbrack's renowned equestrian statue William III (1736) in Queen Square and Eric Gill's headstone for his friend Abigail Chute in Canford Cemetery.
Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster: Volume One
Public Sculpture of Britain Volume Fourteen
The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association was founded in 1991 to encourage the study and conservation of Britain's public sculpture and commemorative and decorative monuments. The volumes of its National Recording Project provide detailed catalogues of significant sculptures, excluding works in art galleries and museums. Each book comprises an introduction to the region; illustrated entries on individual works arranged by location; biographies of the artists; and a glossary and index. The first volume on Westminster covers the whole range of commemorative monuments, fountains and free-standing works of art, but excludes sculptures that are integral to buildings.
The world of fantasy artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell is one of muscle-bound heroes, beautiful - and also muscle-bound - women, dragons and monsters in other-worldly and often violent landscapes. In this volume the two artists present 145 reproductions of recent, previously unpublished images, and chapters telling their own stories and discussing elements of their art. With the book, inside the back cover, there is a set of 10 limited edition art prints.
Louis C Tiffany and the Art of Devotion
This exhibition catalogue focuses on the church decorations and memorials produced by Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Tiffany Studios for many of America's leading congregations - Protestant, Catholic and Jewish. In addition to the well-known stained-glass windows, Tiffany created entire interior designs including mosaics, floors, lighting, furniture, altarpieces, pulpits, candlesticks, headstones, vestments and jewellery. The lavishly produced catalogue includes preliminary designs, cartoons and sketches, as well as archive photographs of finished pieces, many never before published.
The Groundbreaking Moments
The first realistic depiction of an animal, the first self-portrait, the first nude study... In 25 chapters, each devoted to an artist or a work that introduced a new concept, Florian Heine shows how themes, genres and styles can be traced back to a 'groundbreaking moment'. Drawing examples from across art history, from cave art to contemporary painting, this chronological survey explores how great ideas by individual artists changed the course of artistic development.
Master of Modern Art
'The one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.' This lavishly illustrated monograph surveys the life and hugely influential work of Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dali (1904-1989), whose ability to reveal the gap between reality and illusion remains as popular as ever. The text explores the symbolism of death, eroticism and decay in Dali's paintings, his fascination with Freud and religion, and his eccentric lifestyle, and is peppered with quotes from the artist.
In Search of a Masterpiece
An Art Lover's Guide to Great Britain and Ireland
The museums of Britain and Ireland contain an astonishing wealth of great art, by no means all of it in London. In this personal tour, the former Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures leads the reader through the galleries of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The history of each collection is outlined and a selection of its highlights and lesser known gems described. The 273 colour illustrations include masterpieces by Mantegna, Rembrandt, Turner, Monet and Gauguin, among many great artists.
The men and women of the Firemen Artist Group were members of the Auxiliary Fire Service, braving danger during the Blitz in London, Coventry and Bath as Churchill's 'angels with grimy faces'. This lavish study sheds some light on this unfairly neglected aspect of the art of the Second World War. A comprehensive text follows the Group's evolution including exhibitions and a tour of the USA and Canada, and is complemented by reproductions of their powerfully authentic paintings and drawings.
Breakfast with Lucian
Geordie Greig, the editor of The Mail on Sunday and, previously, Tatler, has interviewed most major living artists. As a close friend of Lucian Freud (1922-2011) he is well placed to deliver an insider's account of this enigmatic, uncompromising but hugely talented painter. Based on regular private conversations with the artist and interviews with his lovers, children and friends, this memoir is fresh and funny as well as profound, and illuminated by a keen appreciation of Freud's work.
The Queen: Art and Image
From Dorothy Wilding’s hand-coloured photograph of the newly-crowned Elizabeth II in 1952, to Hew Locke’s portrayal of the Queen as Medusa (2008), this volume traces the evolution of representations of the Queen over 60 years and reflects on what these images tell us of the changing nature of regal portraiture, perceptions of monarchy and the monarch herself. The portraits, which include works by Cecil Beaton, Andy Warhol and Chris Levine, are followed by a Chronology of the Queen’s reign.
Francis Bacon in Your Blood
Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in 1963 in Soho's French House to request an interview for a student magazine, and their friendship continued until the artist's death 30 years later. In this sparkling, indiscreet memoir, Peppiatt recalls Bacon's notorious hell-raising, his ferocious dedication to his painting, and their passionate conversations about life, art, love and death. The result is both a history of a vanished London Bohemia and an insight into one of the 20th century's greatest painters.
The World Goes Pop
The EY Exhibition
This catalogue of a 2015-2016 exhibition at Tate Modern surveys Pop Art throughout the world during the 1960s and 1970s, with seven essays discussing developments in Eastern Europe, South America and Japan as well as the more familiar work of artists in the USA, England and France. With essays, artist profiles and reproductions of 162 works, the book reveals how Pop was never just a celebration of Western consumerism, but a subversive international language for criticism and public protest.
The Work that Changed British Art
The Young British Artists championed by Charles Saatchi (b.1943) still exert an enormous influence on the art world. This book, introduced by Saatchi himself, draws together 100 key works from the 1990s: provocative pieces that can stop you in your tracks, including Damien Hurst’s infamous animals in formaldehyde, Rachel Whiteread’s Ghost, applique blankets by Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry’s painted ceramic pots. The photographs and reproductions are followed by brief notes on the artists and the works shown.
Mondrian and De Stijl
Published to accompany an exhibition at the Lenbachhaus, Munich, this catalogue traces the development of Mondrian's art towards abstraction, but also examines the interdisciplinary and international approach of the De Stijl movement, of which he was a key member. As well as works by Mondrian, the colour reproductions and photographs feature the work of many De Stijl artists in media ranging from furniture and textiles to painting. Text in English and German.
Art Deco Fashion
Masterpieces of Art
After an account of the Art Deco style, its fashion designers and artists, and the lifestyle and look of the women who wore the clothes, Gordon Kerr presents a gallery of over 100 of the movement's best illustrations. The reproductions include fashion plates and other artworks by artists such as Georges Barbier, Tamara de Lempicka and, of course, Erte (Romain de Tirtoff). Masterpieces of Art series.
Tony Garner's Enchanted Light
Pastels of Norfolk and the Broads
Tony Garner's pastel paintings portray the quintessential character of Norfolk and the Broads, their vast skies and spectacular sunsets and dawns. Accompanying over 100 reproductions of Garner's paintings, an introductory essay describes how he was introduced to watercolour painting during a family holiday in Scotland, and how, after abandoning watercolour to work exclusively in pastels, he became a successful professional artist and teacher.
Crossing the Channel
British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism
During the period between the restoration of the French monarchy at the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837, hostility in politics between Britain and France gave way to mutual admiration in the arts. This magnificent catalogue of a 2003 exhibition at Tate Britain deals mainly on painting and brings together works by major figures such as Constable, Delacroix, Turner and Vernet to explore how artists from each country influenced their counterparts on the other side of the Channel.
Portraits of the Enlightenment
Published to accompany an exhibition at The Hunterian Gallery in Glasgow, this volume celebrates the art and intellectual achievements of the Scottish artist Allan Ramsay (1713-1784), one of the most accomplished portrait painters of the European Enlightenment. Illustrated by 80 reproductions, including works by Ramsay's contemporaries, five essays discuss the trajectory of the artist's career, his intellectual engagement with the Enlightenment and his unusual technique of red underpainting in portraiture.
Sketches for Friends
Best remembered for his countless drawings for novels by Trollope and Eleanor Farjeon, Edward Ardizzone (1900-79) was one of the greatest illustrators of the 20th century. This charming volume reproduces dozens of his letters, all illustrated with delightfully informal sketches and watercolours, which reveal the artist's warm and affectionate family life, and his sharply humorous eye for the human eccentricity encountered on his travels in Italy, North Africa and India.
William Orpen: An Onlooker in France
A Critical Edition of the Artist's War Memoirs
William Orpen was the only official war artist to publish an extensive memoir of his experience in the First World War. He was a talented and shrewd writer and his compelling narrative, which first appeared in 1921, described both the trenches and battlefields and the more comfortable life at Haig and Foch's headquarters. An Onlooker in France is presented here, with an introductory essay by Robert Upstone, commentary and reproductions of 75 drawings and paintings by Orpen.
The Walpole Masterpieces from Catherine the Great's Hermitage
In 1779 the family of Sir Robert Walpole, who lived at Houghton Hall in Norfolk, sold his magnificent art collection to Catherine the Great. In 2013 these masterpieces, rarely seen outside Russia, returned to Houghton for a brief exhibition. This sumptuous catalogue uncovers the wonders of Walpole's collection, including pieces by Raphael, Michelangelo, Van Dyck and Rembrandt, and reveals the splendour of the interiors that William Kent designed for them. With a foreword by the Prince of Wales, the exhibition's patron.
The Arundel and Pomfret Marbles
The first major collection of classical antiquities in Britain were the sculptures and inscriptions collected in the early 17th century by Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel, for his home in London. The major part of that collection is now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. This Ashmolean Handbook traces the history of the works before they came to Oxford and offers a stimulating introduction to the marbles and related artefacts through commentary and numerous colour photographs.
Isabella and Leonardo: The Artistic Relationship
between Isabella D'Este and Leonardo Da Vinci, 1500-1506
Isabella d'Este Gonzaga (1474-1539), marchioness of Mantua, was a patron of art who was actively engaged in political and cultural developments, and who strove for equality with her male peers. She met Leonardo in late 1499 when he visited Mantua and made a profile portrait drawing of her. This study explores the subsequent relationship of Isabella and da Vinci and what it reveals about art and patronage and women as patrons in the 16th century.
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).
This handsome, highly illustrated volume showcases the work of the members of the prestigious Royal Watercolour Society, including such well-known contemporary painters as Diana Armfield, Ken Howard and Sonia Lawson. Each artist discusses the inspiration behind their art and shares practical advice for working in the medium, in an intimate exploration of their daily creative striving and technical processes that will fascinate professional and aspiring watercolourists, collectors and anyone who enjoys watercolour paintings.
Since its opening in 2000, Tate Modern has become one of the world's most visited museums of modern art and has helped transform the way art is presented and how audiences experience it. This book offers a full account and appreciation of the collections and displays, with six essays, including contributions from Nicholas Serota and Andrew Marr, and an A-Z of over 150 artists, with commentary and reproductions of their work and additional entries on art movements and concepts.
Published in the Tate Introductions series, this authoritative and well-illustrated account of the life and work of Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is accompanied by a gallery of 60 reproductions. Arranged chronologically from The Nation's Nightmare (1951) to the famous black and red Self Portrait (1986), the paintings, drawings and prints include iconic works such as the Velvet Underground and Rolling Stones LP covers and Thirty are Better than One (1963).
The Museum of Mysteries
Art's Best-Kept Secrets
In the caves of Lascaux, 15,000 years separate us from the meaning of the Well Scene; the identity of Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring is steeped in mystery; secret symbols and signs in Poussin's Et in Arcadia Ego continue to baffle art historians; and Banksy's Self-Portrait gets us no nearer to knowing who the artist is. These are among the 36 famously enigmatic works of art investigated in this 'Museum' of coded messages, ambiguities and elusive meanings.
A Life in Pictures
Glasgow-born Alasdair Gray (b.1934) is perhaps better known for such novels as Lanark: A Life in Four Books (1981) than his art. But he has spent a lifetime making murals, portraits, landscapes and illustrations, which are reproduced copiously in this substantial volume of 'autopictography'. The accompanying text, which is forthright and insightful, narrates how his work has developed from the 1950s to the present, including many stories highlighting the influence of friends and family on his artistic direction.
Sacred and Profane Love
Titian's enigmatic masterpiece Sacred and Profane Love (1514) shows two young women, one in a sumptuous white gown, the other naked, standing on either side of a pool in which Cupid stirs the water. Zuffi's study reveals the painting, with its wealth of symbolism, as the wedding gift of a Venetian official to his bride.
The Wedding at Cana
The wedding at Cana in Galilee was the occasion of Jesus' first miracle, turning the water into wine. In Veronese's vision, the village wedding is transformed into a sumptuous feast, held amid magnificent buildings. Not least among the strange details explored by Carminati are the identities of the guests and musicians.