British and Irish Art 1945–1951
From War to Festival
After the Second World War, according to received opinion, control of the art world passed from rich individuals to state-run bodies. This groundbreaking study demolishes that idea. Its detailed analysis of letters, committee minutes and newspaper reports demonstrates how an Oxbridge elite retained power in the new institutions. Illustrated with works by Francis Bacon, Jack Yeats, Lucian Freud, Graham Sutherland and others, it shows how artists fought to survive against powerful individuals who could make or break reputations.
In Celebration of Cecil Collins
Visionary Artist and Educator
Influenced by German Expressionism and Far Eastern art, the paintings of Cecil Collins (1908–89) radiate ‘that secret life which is very deep in us and is in danger of being destroyed by the modern world’. This volume celebrates his life and work through the memories of his friends, students and contemporaries. Alongside reproductions of his work, it includes an interview with his wife, the sculptor Elisabeth Ramsden, and a talk the artist gave at the Tate in 1981.
Artists, Friends, and Lovers
At no other time and place was the art of portraiture so rich or varied as in early 20th-century Paris. Liberated by photography from the demand for naturalism, it flourished in a kaleidoscope of styles – Cubist, Surrealist, Expressionist. This catalogue of a major exhibition at the Bruce Museum in Connecticut reproduces almost 50 works by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Modigliani and Duchamp, along with a host of lesser-known artists, and explores the vibrant artistic and social milieu in which they worked.
Vincent Van Gogh
‘I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.’ Numerous extracts from Van Gogh’s correspondence with his brother Theo run alongside a broad selection of his works in this highly illustrated volume, revealing much about the artist’s inner life, his hopes, health, travel plans and artistic intentions. While the letters run chronologically, the artwork dances between periods, the combination resulting in a moving visual account of a life lived through letters and art.
The Beauty of Life
William Morris & The Art of Design
Poet, designer, calligrapher, printer, publisher – William Morris was a man of astonishing energy, range and depth. This extensively illustrated volume focuses on the many and varied achievements of both Morris the man and Morris the firm through essays and detailed studies of his work. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the Huntingdon Library in California, the book describes his stained glass, interior designs and book publishing ventures, and traces his influence in both Britain and the United States.
When Constructivism emerged after the 1917 Revolution in Russia, its central aesthetic principles concerned the nature of materials, konstruktsiya (constructedness), efficiency and rationality. In this study, Taylor examines the legacy of Constructivism, tracing a path from the Cubists in Paris and Tatlin, Malevich and Rodchenko in Russia to artists such as Anish Kapoor, Amy Sillman and Tomma Abts working in the 21st century. With 144 illustrations.
The Intelligence of Tradition in Rajput Court Painting
Why did Rajastani court artists make the formal choices that characterize their tradition? In this series of in-depth studies, each illustrated with numerous reproductions of rare paintings, Aitken shows how traditional formal devices served as vital components of narrative meaning, expressions of social unity and sources of intellectual play; and she explores the relevance of Rajput court painting to contemporary art.
Deaf, Dumb & Brilliant
Johannes Thopas: Master Draughtsman
Until recently, little was known about Johannes Thopas. Born deaf-mute around 1626 in Deventer, he spent his entire life under the guardianship of his family, while producing pencil portraits of extraordinary verisimilitude, subtle detail and rich chiaroscuro. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam, this catalogue reproduces almost 70 of his works, while the accompanying essays reconstruct his life and career, and set them against the background of the Golden Age of Dutch art.
Painting Under Pressure
Fame, Reputation and Demand in Renaissance Florence
Analysing the lives and work of four artists in 15th-century Italy – Alessandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Pietro Perugino and Filippino Lippi – Michelle O’Malley explores the impact of economics on Renaissance art. She looks at how the growing demand for art exerted pressure on these sought-after painters who all produced high volumes of work; how they maintained quality; and how judgements made under economic pressures can be traced in specific paintings.
Laing Art Gallery
A vibrant art gallery at the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne’s cultural life since its opening in 1904, the Laing houses a fine collection of British art, including works by Landseer, Turner, Burne-Jones and Alma-Tadema, Whistler, Stanley Spencer and Ben Nicholson. This official guide illustrates and describes selected paintings, sculptures, glass and silverwares and ceramics from the collection.
The Honour and Grandeur
Regalia, Gold and Silver at the Mansion House
Henry V's victory at the Battle of Agincourt had been largely funded by the City of London and in gratitude he presented the Lord Mayor with the Crystal Sceptre, which has remained part of the treasures of the office ever since. This book examines the city's regalia and gold and silver collection, much of it photographed here for the first time, including important items of the finest craftsmanship from the 15th century to the present day.
Masterpieces of Art
With its geometric shapes, sleek lines and strong two-dimensionality, Art Deco emerged in France in around 1910 and soon came to symbolize the modernity and liberation from convention of the Jazz Age. This elegant book charts its origins and development, and reproduces a selection of its most powerful images, from the coolly sensuous paintings of Tamara de Lempicka and the kaleidoscopic visions of Robert Delaunay to Heinz Schultz-Neudamm’s futuristic poster for Metropolis.
Illustrator and Punch Cartoonist
This insightful biography traces the life and career of illustrator Linley Sambourne, whose caricatures for Punch magazine satirized the elite political and social figures of 19th-century Britain, including Gladstone, the Prince of Wales and Lord Rosebery. As well as analysing the stylistic influences and artistic techniques of his cartoons and book illustrations, Ormond portrays the colourful family life of 18 Stafford Terrace (now a museum) in a vibrant and bohemian Kensington where he lived for three decades.
Soane's Favourite Subject
The Story of Dulwich Picture Gallery
The world’s first purpose-built public art gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery opened in 1811 to house a collection of old masters assembled for the deposed king of Poland. Since then, John Soane’s revolutionary building, which incorporates the mausoleum of its founders, has proved vastly influential. This book tells the story of its creation, includes a chronological catalogue of historic images of the gallery, including the original architectural drawings, and charts the modifications it has undergone over the succeeding two centuries.
Canaletto, Hogarth and Patriotism
During the years 1746–1755, Canaletto (1697–1768) was working in Britain, painting urban views which often celebrated the latest achievements in architecture and engineering. This book, like the exhibition that it accompanied, discusses 60 works as it sets Canaletto’s British paintings in the broad context of the country’s growing assurance and prosperity. The four essays also discuss the work of Hogarth and contemporary British artists, and another manifestation of the nation’s confidence, the cult of King Alfred.
1571–1610 Masters of Italian Art
Eberhard König begins this study of the life and art of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610) by examining the paintings, particularly the Borghese David and Goliath, that may or may not include self-portraits. The book goes on to trace the career of an artist ‘who flouts all the conventions of his age’ and presents 116 reproductions and details of his paintings.
1483–1520 Masters of Italian Art
After training in his father’s studio and with Perugino in Urbino, Raphaello Santi (1483–1520), known as Raphael, became spectacularly successful, with commissions from Popes and great European art patrons, and his appointment as chief architect of St Peter’s in Rome. Reproducing over 140 studies, portraits, paintings and frescos, this detailed study traces Raphael’s career, examining some of the most celebrated works of the Italian Renaissance.
1523/30–1569 Masters of Netherlandish Art
From early drawings, such as Big Fish Eats Little Fish, to the last works, including the portrait of The Old Peasant Woman, Vöhringer presents a detailed study of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525/30–1569), examining the visual language of the paintings, whose other-worldly subjects are presented within the landscape of the Flemish peasant. Illustrated with 141 reproductions.
1471–1528 Masters of German Art
Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) was the first artist north of the Alps to engage with the ideas of the Italian Renaissance and gain acceptance for innovations such as naturalism and self-portraiture in his work. Illustrated with 138 reproductions of his paintings, drawings and prints, this is a detailed study of arguably the most important artist of the Northern Renaissance.
1395–1455 Masters of Italian Art
Fra Giovanni da Fiesole, or Fra Angelico (c.1395–1455), was a Dominican friar who remained pious and true to his order despite his fame as a painter and the patronage of Popes. Gabrielle Bartz presents a detailed and lavishly illustrated commentary on his work as it evolved from the innovations of the early Renaissance, to late projects such as the Cappella Nicolina frescos in the Vatican.
Jean de Carpentin's Book of Hours
The Genius of the Master of the Dresden Prayer Book
Created for a Picard nobleman in the 1470s, the Carpentin Hours is remarkable for its illustrations by one of the most innovative illuminators working in Bruges. The manuscript is relatively unknown, as it has always been in private hands, but this study now offers not only a detailed assessment of its contents, purpose and provenance, but also colour reproductions of its full-page miniatures, historiated initials and boldly coloured borders, which demonstrate the ingenuity and virtuosity of their artist.
The Image of Venice
Fialetti's View and Sir Henry Wotton
In 1636, Sir Henry Wotton, former English ambassador to Venice, donated a huge bird’s-eye view of the island city to Eton College, where it hangs to this day. Published to celebrate the restoration of the painting, this book investigates the circumstances of its creation by Odoardo Fialetti in 1611, and its place amid other depictions of Venice. Superb photographic reproductions pick out the vignettes of Venetian life with which the artist peopled the city’s squares.
Wild in Europe
Art by Renso Tamse
Born in Rotterdam, the wildlife artist Renso Tamse began drawing at the age of five. This book charts his journeys through Europe – from Ireland to Cyprus, from Spain to Scandinavia – in pursuit of its flora and fauna. In his paintings and drawings he captures the wildlife of the continent in all its majesty and mystery: a roe deer in the Black Forest, a golden eagle in the Pyrenees, a wary fox on Dartmoor, and many other magnificent creatures.
Birds in Norfolk
A National and International Perspective
Not only can one find the greatest variety of bird species in Norfolk as well as view spectacular mass migrations, but it is also one of the best spots to find rare birds and infrequent visitors to Britain. This celebration of the county’s avian scene offers research and statistics about the different types of habitats and the resident and visiting bird populations of each, together with almost 200 atmospheric watercolour illustrations by James McCallum.
Trailing the Albatross, an Artist's Journey
A mysterious decline in the populations of albatrosses and other seabirds nesting in remote locations in the Southern Ocean has been revealed to be their ensnarement in the tackle of long-line fishing vessels. Artist Bruce Pearson highlights the problem in this portfolio, which includes his paintings and sketches made in South Georgia in the 1970s as well as recent paintings and drawings of southern seabirds and the fishing trade that threatens their survival.
Beneath the Surface
The Wildlife Art of David Miller
Artist David Miller's fascination with fish led him to take up snorkelling and diving to study them in their natural environment. This collection of his paintings ranges from underwater scenes of pike and trout to mullet and bass in coastal waters.
New Forest Painters
A Celebration of The New Forest National Park
Designated a National Park in 2005, the New Forest contains some of the last remaining tracts of lowland heath in western Europe, as well as ancient forest and coastal land, and a host of rare flora and fauna is associated with each environment. This celebration of the area is the collected work of six local artists exploring the varied landscapes, the nature and wildlife and some of the human activity that is also part of the life of the forest.
Lines from Nature
John Busby (1928–2015) was a celebrated wildlife artist, illustrator and teacher who became widely known in the 1980s for his groundbreaking RSPB book Drawing Birds. His ability to capture the living essence of birds and other wildlife in deft, often minimal strokes of the pencil or brush is celebrated in this last of his books, in which he explores his favourite subjects from birds in the garden to seaside rock pools and tigers in India.
A pioneering woman in the arts and one of the founding artists of American modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1987) made her debut at Alfred Stieglitz’ 291 gallery in New York in 1916. A century later, Tate Modern celebrated her work with a major exhibition and this lavishly illustrated study of her life and work. Accompanying over 300 reproductions, six essays cover the whole span of O’Keeffe’s art, from the early ‘artistic dialogue’ with Stieglitz to the abstract landscapes of her late work.
Although Sarah Raphael was only 40 when she died in 2001, she had, in the words of William Packer, ‘reached long ago that mature confidence of herself as an artist to trust the work itself to take her wherever it wished to go’. This volume surveys her life and work, from early portraits to the abstract Strip series of the late 1990s and the Childhood Cube, commissioned for the Millennium Dome. With a foreword by the artist’s father, Frederic Raphael.
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.
Presenting the major works of Clare Woods up to 2016, in reproductions and in photographs of the large-scale works in gallery installations and architectural projects such as Brick Field (2012) at the Olympic Park, London, this volume gives a strong sense of the diversity of the artist’s work. Different aspects of her painting, including the vast landscapes, the ‘wonder and horror’ of the human head, and her techniques, are explored in five essays, with a foreword by Andrew Marr.
Marie-Louise von Motesiczky
1906–1996: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings
Forced to flee her native Vienna by the Nazis, the artist Marie-Louise von Motesiczky (1906–1996) spent the rest of her life in London, where she continued to paint prolifically. This magnificent catalogue charts her background, influences and career, and presents her substantial oeuvre in its entirety, reproducing some 350 paintings, including still lifes, landscapes and portraits of her family and friends, among them the writers Elias Canetti and Iris Murdoch.
The 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.
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.
'War Requiem' and 'Aftermath'
This volume presents a major study of Maggi Hambling (b.1945), one of Britain's most significant and controversial artists. Written by James Cahill, with comment by the artist, it focuses on two recent bodies of work: War Requiem (2013), a site-specific installation comprising 50 paintings of war victims and battlefields; and Aftermath (2015), a series of sculptures made first in wood, then in bronze, which coax imaginary beings out of natural forms.
The Enchantment of Realism
Born in England, Colleen Browning (1918–2003) moved to New York in 1949, where she followed the Realist movement before moving toward Magic Realism in works such as Picture of a Painting of the Great Circus (1988). The very handsome, illustrated volume presents an overview of her life and work.
Imperial Silks (2 Volumes)
Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The imperial silks collected by William E Colby in the decades following the overthrow of the Ch’ing in 1912 became the foundation of the Minneapolis collection that now has over 600 examples of Ch’ing dynasty textiles. This magnificent two-volume catalogue describes and illustrates 26 categories of garments and furnishings in chapters on official court attire, ecclesiastical and theatrical costume, unofficial attire, costume accessories, furniture accessories, pictorial hangings, pile carpets and panels. Slipcased.
The Chinese Painter as Poet
Chinese poetry and painting have always been closely allied; the verses are intensely visual, and the calligraphy is itself a form of brushwork. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at New York’s China Institute Gallery, this absorbing book explores the connection between the two art forms. Illustrated with 25 exquisite artworks from the exhibition and many other illustrative figures ranging from the Shang dynasty to the People’s Republic. The book offers an illuminating insight into three millennia of Chinese culture.
The Art of Netsuke Carving
Masatoshi is the last in a great tradition of Japanese craftsmanship, a carver of the ivory toggles that evolved into a sophisticated art form in the Edo period. He is also the first to set down his ideas in a book, explaining his methods, his materials, and his choice of subjects, from ghosts and goblins to owls and lizards. This handsome volume includes colour plates of more than 350 carvings.
The Kingdom of Siam
The Art of Central Thailand, 1350–1800
The Kingdom of Ayutthaya – or Siam as foreigners knew it – prevailed over four centuries and played a pivotal role in the development of modern Thailand; yet its cultural heritage is largely forgotten. Published for a 2005 exhibition in San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, this richly illustrated guide includes essays on Ayutthaya’s economic, architectural and religious history, as well as a catalogue of the exhibition’s 89 objects, including Hindu and Buddhist sculpture, temple furnishings, jewellery and textiles.
Takarabukuro (Treasure Bag)
In 1974, Raymond Bushell, a passionate netsuke collector, obtained a copy of the notebook in which Mitsuhiro Ohara (1810–75), a great practitioner of that art, set down detailed descriptions of each of his creations. The translation he commissioned is printed alongside the Japanese original in this exquisitely bound book, along with colour photographs of 20 of Mitsuhiro’s magical creations and an account of his life and work.
Visions from the Golden Land
Burma and the Art of Lacquer
Asian lacquer is created by painting the resin of the Chinese lacquer tree onto boxes, vessels, furniture and statues, where it forms a hard surface that can be polished, carved, decorated and inlaid. With over 200 colour illustrations, this book examines the tradition of Burmese lacquerwork, exploring the methods of production, regional styles and variations, and how the decorative objects reflect Burmese culture in Buddhist devotional items or containers for betel-chewing ingredients.
The Inrō Handbook
Studies of Netsuke, Inrō and Lacquer
Inr? are tiny nested boxes, held together by cords and suspended from the obi, or sash, with the aid of netsuke. Originally used simply for carrying small items, these objects are now much sought-after works of Japanese miniature art. Written for the collector of inr? and netsuke, this volume provides detailed information about their materials, makers’ techniques and styles in a richly illustrated study of 108 fine inr? and their accompanying netsuke, and 18 small lacquer boxes.
A Dialogue With the Past
Scottish artist Paul Binnie became interested in the techniques of Japanese print-making in the 1990s and moved to Japan to learn ukiyo-e woodblock carving and printing and kappazuri-e stencil printing from Japanese masters. This catalogue from his exhibition in Kyoto, Japan, presents his first 100 prints made in the style, the subject matter ranging from traditional Kabuki actors and cloud studies to tattooed nudes.
Korean Buddhist Sculpture
Art and Truth
In this authoritative collection of seven essays, the former chief curator of the National Museum of Korea considers iconographical, stylistic and philosophical aspects of Korea’s Buddhist sculptural masterpieces, as well as the correspondence between truth and beauty in the nation’s religious art. Beginning with an essay on the history of Korean Buddhist sculpture, Woobang examines the Seokguram cave temple, the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok, and two ‘Pensive Image’ sculptures housed in the National Museum.
Japanese Prints During the Allied Occupation 1945–1952
The printmaker Onchi Kōshirō and his circle were instrumental in finding new directions for Japanese art after the devastation of the war. Encouraged by American graphic artist, Ernst Hacker, who was posted to Japan in 1945, the achievements of the period are recognized in this selection of prints, the basis of which is Hacker's own collection, recently given to the British Museum, comprising the work of Onchi, Hacker himself and Munakata Shikō, among others.
Transmitting the Forms of Divinity
Early Buddhist Art from Korea and Japan
Buddhism was introduced to Japan by an emissary from Korea’s Paekche kingdom around the year 538. The region’s early Buddhist culture is the subject of the 15 essays in this volume, the illustrated catalogue of a major exhibition on the two states’ formative links. In particular, the authors draw on recently discovered evidence to present new theories about the transformation of Buddhist art and architecture in Korea and Japan between the sixth and ninth centuries.