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.
History. Myth. Art
In her 'visual celebration of the ancient relationship between humans and dogs', Catherine Johns begins with a brief account of the domestication of dogs since the earliest times and their manifold roles in human society. The main part of the book, 'Dogs Depicted', includes working dogs, companions, jackals, wolves and mythical monsters in works of art from all cultures and in media as diverse as ancient Egyptian gold amulets, ivory netsuke, a painting by Stubbs and a Late Minoan jasper seal.
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.
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 sunset over St Tropez.
The Marine Paintings of Smitheman
An experienced hobby sailor, painter Francis Smitheman brings his own sense of the sea as well as extensive historical research and a profound respect for the classical masters to his maritime pictures. This collection of his oil paintings, completed over a period of 30 years, contains a series of pictures of Nelson’s battles, scenes from the Pool of London in the age of sail, polar exploration vessels and imagined historic scenes at famous ports.
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.
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.
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.