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.
Masterpieces of Art
Social commentator, illustrator, cartoonist and landscape artist, William Heath Robinson (1872–1944) was gifted in many fields, but his fame today rests on the cartoons poking fun at human foibles and his marvellous contraptions, such as The Pilsner Pump for Tapping the Enemy’s Beer (1916). In this volume from the Masterpieces of Art series, Susan Grange introduces Heath Robinson’s life and many-faceted artistic career, and presents around 90 full-page reproductions of his literary illustrations, cartoons and creations.
Life of an Artist and Adventurer
Reproductions of Vladimir Tretchikoff’s green-faced woman once hung in countless suburban homes. This illustrated biography reveals how, despite being born in poverty in Siberia, he made his name as an artist in Singapore. He fled the island when it was invaded by the Japanese and almost drowned when his boat was sunk, but then relaunched his career in South Africa, receiving both massive popular success and critical disdain.
Masterpieces of Art
Described by Joseph Simas as 'the Goblin Master', Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was one of the leading artists of the golden age of illustration, first achieving popularity with his illustrations for Rip Van Winkle in 1905. Examples from that book are among the 90 pictures reproduced here, along with illustrations for works by Shakespeare, children's books, notably Peter Pan and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, adult fiction, Wagner's Ring cycle and sihouettes from Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty.
Masterpieces of Art
A hugely influential artist, Paul Klee (1879-1940) eludes classification. During a prolific career he produced astonishing artworks full of colour, inspired by his many travels and by time spent at the revolutionary Bauhaus. Beginning with Susie Hodge's introductory essay, this fresh look at Klee's art presents some 90 reproductions aranged in three sections: early mystical and abstract subjects; works from his years at the Bauhaus and in Dusseldorf; and the late works. Masterpieces of Art series.
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.
Conceptual artist Sarah Charlesworth (1947–2013) lived and worked in New York, producing her most influential pieces, generally in the photographic medium, during the 1970s and 1980s. This retrospective includes examples of work from throughout her career as well as contextual essays.
Celestial Horses and Long Sleeve Dancers
The David W Dewey Collection of Ancient Chinese Tomb Sculpture
The colourful ceramic figures (mingqi) placed within Chinese aristocratic tombs represent the humans and animals that protect, serve and entertain the soul in the afterlife. More than 200 such objects are illustrated in this volume, spanning two millennia from the Han dynasty to the tradition’s latter stages in the Ming dynasty. The accompanying text traces the political, religious and economic influences on the evolution of the art and examines what the sculptures reveal about ancient Chinese philosophy and daily 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.
In the Realm of Gods and Kings
Arts of India
This updated and finely produced edition of the 2004 exhibition catalogue celebrates Indian art from 1000 BCE to the 20th century. The images of the sculpture, painting, manuscripts and decorative arts created for the courts and temples of India, and photographs of Sadhus, illustrate the diversity of style and culture that has emanated from the sub-continent over the last 1,000 years. On each spread has the object or image is accompanied by authoritative and detailed explanations of its cultural significance and history.
Byzantium and Islam
Age of Transition 7th–9th Century
Between the seventh and ninth centuries the Byzantine empire’s southern provinces around the eastern Mediterranean and across North Africa came under Islamic rule. That meeting of Christian, Jewish and Islamic cultures created an age of transition, transformation and cross-fertilization that is celebrated in this catalogue. In scholarly essays, commentaries and 425 colour plates, the book describes 193 artefacts, arranged chronologically from a floor mosaic depicting the cities of Memphis and Alexandria (c.520 CE) to a folio from a 10th-century Qur’an.
Renaissance Woodcuts from the Collections of Georg Baselitz and The Albertina, Vienna
In the 16th century, German artists discovered that by printing from one or more colour blocks in addition to the line block, they could create a dramatic interplay of light and shade – chiaroscuro. Published to accompany an exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, this volume explains the development of the technique, demonstrates the effects it made possible, and presents 130 woodcuts from Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, including some by major artists such as Cranach, Beccafumi and Goltzius.
The Commedia dell'Arte and Porcelain Sculpture
Since the Renaissance, the characters of the Commedia dell'Arte - Harlequin, Columbine, Scaramouche and the rest - have inspired plays, paintings, engravings and porcelain. Based on some of the world's most important collections, including Toronto's Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, this engaging, magnificently illustrated survey showcases 150 exquisite figures from leading manufacturers including the celebrated works at Meissen. It explains the hidden meaning of these mysterious characters, and how a bawdy form of street theatre became an elegant courtly entertainment.
Varieties of Romantic Experience
British, Danish, Dutch, French, and German Drawings from the Collection of Charles Ryskamp
This catalogue from the Yale Center for British Art exhibition highlights Romanticism’s focus on emotion, imagination and nature, and considers the movement as an international phenomenon. With over 200 drawings, it compares works by British artists such as Turner, Blake and Constable with those by Northern European artists, including Degas, Delacroix and Corot. By focusing on specific subjects – trees, ruins, boats – it draws parallels and contrasts between their approaches.
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.
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 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.
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.
Louis C Tiffany and the Art of Devotion
Although better known for their stained-glass windows, Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Tiffany Studios created entire interior designs for many of America's leading congregations – Protestant, Catholic and Jewish – providing mosaics, floors and lighting in addition to objects such as altarpieces, pulpits, candlesticks, headstones, vestments and jewellery. Focusing on their church decorations and memorials, this lavish exhibition catalogue reproduces preliminary cartoons and sketches as well as archive photographs of finished pieces, many never before published.
Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts ( two volumes)
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.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Bruegel was one of the first artists to paint ordinary people and his works are a rich source of information on social history. This attractive book comprises a short essay introducing the artist's life and work and 79 reproductions of his work, arranged chronologically. The book is presented in an unusual square format with covers and jackets both printed with one of the artist's best-known paintings.
The Jains are one of India’s great heterodox communities but their doctrines are little known in the rest of the world. Among these ideas are Jain scholars’ precisely detailed descriptions of the cosmos as a gigantic theatre where souls play out their role. This volume comprises more than 100 illustrations from manuscripts of classical texts on cosmology, each accompanied by a commentary on the concepts that it represents. Slightly off-mint.
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.
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.
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, but 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.
Art and the War at Sea
Twentieth-century war at sea posed problems for artists: gone were the traditional naval confrontations; in modern, long-range battle the enemy could be invisible, in the sky or under the surface. Drawing on the National Maritime Museum’s outstanding collection of modern British art, this volume looks at how artists rose to the challenge of depicting the Navy and Merchant Marine at war. With over 160 colour reproductions, it discusses works by artists including Norman Wilkinson, John Everett, Eric Ravilious and Charles Wheeler.
Painting the Warmth of the Sun
St Ives Artists 1939–1975
This is the second of Tom Cross's two books that are now standard works on the history of the Newlyn and St Ives Schools. First published in 1984, it was based on interviews and discussions with those artists who were still working in and around St Ives in the 1970s and '80s. The book begins with the war years, when several artists sought refuge in Cornwall from the bombing in London. Among those discussed are Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Naum Gabo, Roger Hilton and the potter, Bernard Leach.
The Hermitage Dogs
Treasures from the State Hermitage Museum
Archaeologists have shown that dogs, ‘our first allies’, were living with humans as far back as 32,000 years ago. Drawing on the superb art collections of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, this book explores many aspects of that human–canine alliance including the role of dogs in ancient myth, the symbolism of the dog in art, many types of working dog, the dogs of the Romanovs from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and, finally, the companion dog – man’s best friend.
Fashion, Beauty and Portraits
The photographer Clive Arrowsmith is renowned both for his work for publications including Vogue and Vanity Fair and his images of celebrities. This visual celebration of his career features a broad selection of his iconic portraits of famous figures including LS Lowry, David Bowie, Carrie Fisher and the members of Monty Python, as well as highlights from his magazine portfolio and stills from his two successive Pirelli calendar shoots.
Giovanni Bellini's Dudley Madonna
Painted by the Venetian Giovanni Bellini around 1508, the Dudley Madonna is named after its 19th-century English owner. Still in private hands, it is seldom exhibited, making this study a rare glimpse at a key work in the artist’s development. With more than 50 reproductions of work by Bellini and his contemporaries, it explores his response to younger painters such as Titian, and records the painting’s provenance and conservation history.
The Chinese Art Book
Examining Chinese art over several millennia, this unconventional volume presents reproductions or photographs of a vast range of artefacts and paintings, each one juxtaposed with another work on the facing page, and producing unexpected dialogues across time, culture and genre. Shitao's Riverbank of Peach Blossoms (c.1700), for example is paired with a 2006 installation, Sketch the Sketch Lesson by Qiu Xiaofei, but the volume includes sculptures, ceramics, calligraphy and photographs ranging in date from prehistory to the 21st century.
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.
Dutch and Flemish Paintings
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Dulwich Picture Gallery in London holds one of the finest collections of 17th- and 18th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings in the world. This catalogue, organized alphabetically by artist, features over 220 landscapes, portraits, Biblical and allegorical scenes, and still lifes. Among the highlights are Rembrandt’s Girl at a Window and Van Dyck’s Samson and Delilah. After describing the history of the collection, the authors provide a short biography of each artist and detail the origin, provenance and symbolism of their paintings.
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 Spirit of Indian Painting
Close Encounters with 101 Great Works 1100–1900
For Professor Goswamy, an Indian painting ‘presents to us a layered world of meaning’, and his analysis and commentary on each of these 101 paintings encourages the reader to explore them with ‘eyes, mind and heart’. The works are in four sections: Visions, depicting imagined sights such as gods, heroes or the Cosmic Egg; Observation, picturing real scenes and people; Passion, with works inspired by poetry or emotion; and Contemplation, expressed in paintings of holy men.
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.
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.
Sir John Gilbert
Art and Imagination in the Victorian Age
Painter, book illustrator and newspaper sketch artist, the versatile John Gilbert (1817–97) was a huge celebrity in his day. This assessment examines the life and career of a now-neglected Victorian artist. More than 150 illustrations reproduce his work in various media, while essays explore his relationship to Old Masters and contemporaries, scientific examination of his techniques, his transactions with his framers and colourist, and what his success reveals about the 19th-century art market.
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.
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.
Native American Modernism
Art from North America
Drawing on the extensive collection in Berlin’s Ethnological Museum, this fully illustrated book traces the development of modern Native American art. Featuring notable artists, critics and art historians, it also explores topics such as cultural self-determination and Native American involvement in the Second World War.
Art and the Second World War
Discussing art made in Spain during the Civil War, 1935–9, in the democracies of the UK, USA and the Commonwealth, in occupied France, the USSR, Nazi Germany and imperial Japan, and with chapters devoted to the art of the Holocaust and responses to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this volume presents an illustrated overview of the complex and often disturbing relationship between war and the fine arts – painting, sculpture, print-making and drawing – during the Second World War.
Painting the Toon
Geordie painter John Coatsworth stumbled across his signature style in 1997 when he made a sketch of St James's Park stadium, bending the shapes and perspective to create vibrancy, rhythm and flow. His subsequent vibrantly coloured 'curvation' paintings quickly gained local commissions and an army of fans through cards and prints. This retrospective collection includes early works in different styles as well as his popular paintings of Newcastle and the North East.
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.
Secret Moments of Maikos
The Grace, Beauty and Mystery of Apprentice Geishas
Apprentice Japanese geishas are known as maikos and undergo a rigorous training in the traditional arts of music and dance and the wearing of strictly codified costume and make-up. This photo-essay allows a rare glimpse into the closeted world of the trainees in their traditional house in the Gion quarter of Kyoto.
Lucien Clergue: Brasília
Lucien Clergue, the notable French photographer and friend of Picasso, was invited by the architect Oscar Niemeyer to photograph the futuristic city of Brasília in the 1960s. Accompanied by informative essays, this collection of the resulting images is a tribute to the spectacular curves and brutal monoliths of modernist architecture and the movement’s vision of a future that never quite happened.
Masterpieces from the Städel Museum
Frankfurt’s Städel Museum has a world-class collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. This chronological selection reproduces 250 works, mostly paintings, by Old Masters including Fra Angelico, Botticelli and Holbein, leading Impressionists such as Manet, Monet and Renoir, and the pioneering Modernists Matisse, Picasso and Chagall. The result is not only a catalogue of a major collection, but an overview of 700 years of art history.
Dutch & Flemish Seventeenth-century Paintings
The Harold Samuel Collection
Bequeathed to the Corporation of London, this private collection of some 80 works was hung in Mansion House until the building’s refurbishment prompted the exhibition tour that brought them to the wider public. This accompanying catalogue reproduces landscapes, still lifes and genre paintings by Brueghel the Elder, Hals, Ruisdael and Tenier the Younger, among others. The text charts the history of the collection, the origins and provenance of each painting, and introduces each artist.
The Tsar's Painter in America and Paris
Konstantin Makovsky was an influential 19th-century painter associated with the ‘Peredvizhniki’ (Wanderers), an independent group of Russian realists. His best-known works, such as The Russian Bride's Attire, depict a detailed, romanticized view of historical Russia, especially the lives of the aristocracy (or boyars). This book explores his career and the new audience he found in Europe and the United States, where there was a craze for boyar and medieval Russian culture.
Leonardo da Vinci Masterworks
Art in the Age of the Medici
Rosalind Ormiston presents a very accessible and lavishly illustrated study of Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), first setting his work within the context of Renaissance Florence, the Medici family and the artists who flourished under Medici patronage. The book goes on to trace Leonardo’s career in Milan, Rome and France, looking in detail at paintings including The Virgin of the Rocks, The Last Supper and Mona Lisa, and at the technological and architectural projects in his notebooks.
Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills
The British Passion for Landscape
Published to accompany an exhibition at the National Museum of Wales, this catalogue traces the development of landscape painting in Britain from the classicism of the 18th century, through the Romantic Movement to the environmental concerns of today. There are more than 80 plates, including work by Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, Monet and Sisley, and two essays, exploring the response of artists to the Industrial Revolution and the role of the Welsh landscape in British art.
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.
This volume accompanied the first international travelling exhibition of the work of the Japanese artist Minol Araki (1928–2010). Having found fame as an industrial designer, Araki became a prolific painter later in life, producing work that amalgamated traditional Chinese and Japanese ink painting techniques with Western influences. The introductory essays are followed by highlights from his impressive body of work, including landscapes, flowers, birds and faces, and reproductions of his seals.
Trevor Chamberlain: England and Beyond
A Celebration of Sixty Years of Painting
Over a period of 60 years, Trevor Chamberlain has built a reputation as a leading painter of landscapes; his subjects ranging from a Bolton back street to a Bedouin encampment, and his method to work en plein-air and minutely observe the subtleties of light and atmosphere. This portfolio reproduces 200 of his paintings, in both watercolour and oil, representing his life's work and reflecting extensive travels to India, the Middle East and Europe as well as around Britain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beginning with Otto Freundlich’s own Confessions of a Revolutionary Painter, written in 1935, this volume provides a comprehensive overview of the artist’s work and his influence as a pioneer of modernism. Published to accompany a major retrospective at Museum Ludwig in Cologne and Kunstmuseum Basel in 2017, the book comprises several essays on topics including Freundlich’s aesthetics and The Large Head shown in the Nazis’ Degenerate Art exhibition, and reproductions of over 170 paintings and drawings.
Balthus: Cats and Girls
Paintings and Provocations
Focusing on the early decades of Balthus’s career, this catalogue accompanied the 2014 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Balthus’s fascination with cats is clear from the 40 pen-and-ink drawings he produced aged eleven, and they feature frequently in his often provocative paintings of young girls on the brink of adolescence. With a detailed introduction and comprehensive notes on each painting, Sabine Rewald provides a unique perspective on this eccentric self-taught artist.
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’.
A Pioneer of American Abstraction
Esphyr Slobodkina (1908–2002) emigrated to New York in 1928. In the 1930s and 1940s, she helped to translate European modernist art into an American idiom, and continued painting and illustrating into her nineties. Published to accompany a centennial exhibition, this volume comprises six illustrated essays along with reproductions of over 90 works.
The Lure of Painted Poetry
Japanese and Korean Art
For some 2000 years, the educated elites of Japan and Korea learned classical Chinese poetry and adopted the Confucian aesthetic that informed it. Illustrated with almost 100 works from the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, this catalogue explores the ways in which these poems were reflected in the decorative arts, including landscape and figure painting, ornamental screens, ceramics, metalwork, lacquerware and calligraphy, and the cultural links between the nations of Southeast Asia.
Roman Art from the Louvre
The Louvre holds an extensive and varied collection of Roman art spanning eight centuries, from which more than 180 items, both famous and lesser-known, are illustrated and discussed in this volume. They include portrait sculptures of prominent men and women, sarcophagus reliefs and a range of dinner and serving ware. Introductory essays explain how scholars have interpreted Roman art, how the museum’s collection was acquired and how a recent restoration programme has enriched our knowledge.
1000 Years of Terracotta Statuary in Mali
The Djenné-Jeno culture flourished in the Niger delta, in what is now Mali, from around 700 to 1700 CE, and throughout that period produced powerful renderings in terracotta of the human figure. The product of 30 years’ field research, this authoritative study depicts more than 300 of these statues, charts the rediscovery of this lost art, explores the culture that produced it, establishes a chronology of styles, and sets the works in their historical context.
From the 13th to the 18th Century
This truly magnificent, large format volume traces the progress of the fresco from visual stories linked to popular religious belief in the mid-13th century to the increasingly lavish mythological and courtly scenes of the 17th and 18th centuries. More than 550 pages of colour reproductions present some of the world's most treasured works of art, among them, Piero della Francesca's Resurrection, Leonardo's Last Supper and many details of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Introductory text in English, German, French and Dutch.
Native North American Art
From prehistoric pottery to contemporary paintings and prints, the collection of Native American art at the University of North Dakota reflects the institution’s long interest in American indigenous cultures. With more than 230 illustrations, this book examines how the collection is understood and appreciated within its campus setting, including efforts to reinforce a sense of greater cultural understanding and the changing philosophy behind the way that such works are displayed.
Portrait of the Artist
This well-illustrated volume focuses on works from the Royal Collection to consider how the image of the artist – both in reality and in perception – has been developed, represented and mythologized over time. Self-portraits by influential artists including Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt, Reynolds and Freud are examined thematically, alongside artworks created by their friends, relatives and pupils, including the most reliable surviving likeness of Leonardo Da Vinci by his student Francesco Melzi.
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
Accompanying a selection of Rembrandt's landscape and narrative paintings, self-portraits, etchings and drawings, Susan Grange's illustrated account of this 'artistic giant of the Dutch golden age' discusses topics including 17th-century artistic practice and royal patronage as well as Rembrandt's domestic and financial circumstances and his legacy to art.
Masterpieces of Art
Art historian Susie Hodge presents an accessible and beautifully illustrated introduction to the work of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), one of the founders of the Vienna Secession and often regarded as the greatest painter of the Art Nouveau period. An illustrated account of his life and artistic development is followed by around 90 full- page colour reproductions in sections on Klimt's early work, his golden phase, landscapes and portraits.
A Passion for Perfection
Published alongside the 2017 Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition on the centenary of Edgar Degas’s death, this collection features a broad range of his paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings and sculptures, and includes works by artists who influenced or were influenced by him. Eleven essays, written by leading scholars and specialists, examine Degas’s themes and artistic practices, and reflect his intense self-discipline, his lifelong desire to learn, and his ‘relentless pursuit of the infinite possibilities of a single subject’.
The Sketchbook of 1824
Samuel Palmer (1805–1881) was the most visionary English artist of his day. Sadly, most of his notebooks were destroyed by his son, who thought them too revealing of his inner turmoil. This beautiful edition reproduces one of the few survivors in its original size and format, with an introduction and page-by-page commentary. Filled with sketches of sublime brilliance, it offers a unique insight into Palmer’s artistic and spiritual struggles.
The Art of Rivalry
Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
This study examines four pairs of artists – Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon – whose friendship turned to enmity, arguing that early influences that fostered creativity must, after a certain point, be rejected in order to pursue originality. American cut pages with a felt-tip mark on the lower trimmed edge.
The Art and Life of Francis Hewlett
Head of Painting at Falmouth School of Art from 1960 to 1981, Francis Hewlett (1930–2012) remained a figurative artist, exploring what he called the ‘essential geometry’ of observed objects, despite the prevailing fashions of the period. Including over 200 paintings and drawings, this biography charts his lifelong dedication to art, from his early studies in Bristol, London and Paris to his completion of a major series of paintings in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Lionel Aggett's France
In this collection of more than 200 richly atmospheric pastel paintings, the artist Lionel Aggett journeys the length of France from Mont St-Michel to Provence via the Seine, the Loire and the Dordogne. Travelling at a leisurely pace through its towns and villages and along its inland waterways, he captures the glories of the French landscape in all seasons, taking in the waterfront at Honfleur, Monet's garden at Giverny, and the sunset over St Tropez.
George Smart: The Tailor of Frant
Artist in Cloth and Velvet Figures
Using off-cuts from his tailoring fabrics, George Smart created works now recognized as folk art. Exhibited at Tate Britain in 2014, this subsequent publication showcases 70 of Smart’s artworks, and pieces together a biography of the artist’s scantly recorded life.
The Master's Choice
The freshness and spontaneity of Edward Wesson’s watercolours and oils, described by Alwyn Crawshaw in his introduction as ‘paintings done with a relaxed and happy brush’, are as popular now as they were in his lifetime. With four brief memoirs of the artist by friends and colleagues, this book presents over 125 reproductions of lesser-known works in private collections and Wesson’s own teaching slides, which he used in lectures and demonstrations.
The Paintings of Richard Harrison
Richard Harrison enrolled at Chelsea School of Art in the 1980s to study product design but soon turned to painting. His style was essentially abstract until he developed a more figurative approach through a fascination with the landscape and Biblical and mythical subjects favoured by the old masters. This retrospective of his work includes a biography and appreciation of his oeuvre and reproductions of over 200 of his 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.
Moore at Kew
Published to accompany an exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, this catalogue features the 28 large bronzes by Henry Moore, photographed around the gardens. Texts explain the sculptor’s working methods, the installation of Large Reclining Figure at Kew, and his work’s relation to natural forms.
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.
Dawn of Egyptian Art
The objects made during the Predynastic and Early Dynastic periods (ca. 4400–2649 BCE) provide the best means of examining how the ancient civilization in the Nile Valley gave rise to Pharaonic Egypt. Discussing 183 items, from a bowl inscribed for King Djet (ca. 3050 BCE) to the stela of King Raneb (ca 2880 BCE), this volume reflects on the early Egyptians’ representations of people, animals and the landscape, and their reasons for making these objects.
Tales from the Land of Dragons
1,000 Years of Chinese Painting
Ancient China nurtured the world’s oldest continuous tradition of painting on silk and paper, with brushwork much influenced by trends in the art of calligraphy. This volume brings together 153 items from the unique collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ranging from the Han to the Yuan Dynasty, many of which treat Buddhist and Daoist subjects. Each image is accompanied by commentary on the painting’s content; an introduction describes the art form’s techniques, cultural context and stylistic development.
The rare monkey figurines created by the Baule of West Africa have puzzled historians since the 19th century. Rough-hewn and fearsome – with jutting jaws and bared teeth – the bowl-bearing monkeys seem quite unlike the Baule’s more delicate ancestor figures. In the first survey to focus exclusively on the monkeys, the authors explore their origin, creation and role in Baule society, and examine their ritualistic function as objects charged with invisible powers.
Classic Greek Masterpieces of Sculpture
Ancient Greek sculptors established the foundation of a new art form in which human bodies were realistically and dynamically portrayed. This book brings together more than 60 examples now in museums around the world; they range from early kouros statues (c.600 BCE) to a Roman-period portrait bust, and from delicate grave-markers to the friezes of Athens’ Acropolis and the great altar of Pergamon. Each item is discussed in the accompanying text and illustrated in multiple photographs that highlight significant details.
Art in Living Craftsmanship
To mark its 80th anniversary in 2017, the Georgian Group organized an exhibition celebrating the craftspeople who maintain key buildings and landscapes. This catalogue presents the 115 exhibitors, all of whom employ time-honoured working methods, and examines the relationship between the national charity and traditional British craftsmanship.