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.
The Lost Pre-Raphaelite
The Secret Life & Loves of Robert Bateman
When the author bought a tumbledown fortified house on the Staffordshire moorlands, he had no idea that it was once the home of Robert Bateman. A friend of Burne-Jones and associate of Gladstone and Disraeli, Bateman was a prominent Pre-Raphaelite until, at their height of his fame, he retreated to this remote fastness. Then the discovery of two autobiographical paintings revealed a poignant story of love and loss, art and politics, morality and hypocrisy… and dark family secrets.
Impressionists on the Water
Widely celebrated for their vibrant depictions of nature, the Impressionists were particularly drawn to water, boats and all things nautical. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, this volume reproduces more than 170 of these paintings, including works by Corot, Manet, Monet, Pissaro, Renoir and Seurat, and explores the historical and cultural context of the artists’ passion for boatyards, clubs and regattas.
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.
The Great Book of French Impressionism
The art historian Diane Kelder traces the development of Impressionism from its roots in landscape and realist painting to the work of Cézanne and the movement’s legacy to 20th-century art. The lives and work of all the major Impressionists and Post-Impressionists are examined in detail, with chapters on Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, and Cézanne. Professor Kelder’s text is accompanied by 400 illustrations, including more than 200 colour reproductions.
Georges Braque (1882–1963) was one of the great pioneers of modern art, whose painting Houses at l’Estaque (1908) prompted a critic to coin the term ‘Cubism’, and whose working partnership with Picasso was a pivotal episode in 20th-century art history. Alex Danchev presents the first full-length biography of Braque, exploring the artist’s creativity, his revolutionary innovations and his close associations with some of the greatest painters of his era.
Florence: The Paintings and Frescos
With essays by Ross King and hundreds of reproductions, this lavish volume introduces the wealth of art within the museums, galleries, palaces and churches of Florence. Some 2,000 paintings and frescoes are reproduced with brief details of artists and dates, while around 200 major works are accompanied by short essays. The book is arranged chronologically from Cimabue and Giotto in the mid 13th century to the Rococo art of the mid 18th century, with a final chapter devoted to works by foreign painters. Slip-cased. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
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: Cezanne, Gauguin, Manet, Seurat, Van Gogh and Their Contemporaries
The term ‘Post-Impressionism’ was coined by Roger Fry in 1910 to describe the work of Cezanne, 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.
British Artists, Tate British Artists
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’.
J M W Turner
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 Raisonne of the Paintings
Forced to flee her native Vienna by the Nazis, the artist Marie-Louise von Motesiczky spent the rest of her long 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 vibrant still lifes, dynamic landscapes and, above all, richly insightful portraits of her family and friends such as 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.
Newly Discovered Works
The Belgian artist Rene Magritte (1898-1967) was a leading figure in the Surrealist movement. His extensive work has been collected in a catalogue raisonne, the fifth volume of which was published in 1997. The culmination of years of research, this belated sixth volume handsomely reproduces 130 previously unpublished or unknown works, presented chronologically in three sections according to their medium (oil painting, gouache or drawing), with detailed captions that include a note of how each piece was discovered.
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 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.
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. Felt tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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).
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.