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.
1837 to the Present
Now a major reference work on Scottish art, Hardie's book was the first comprehensive study devoted to Scottish painting. Revised and updated in this third edition, the book traces the history of painting in Scotland and discusses its major artists since 1837, with emphasis on the period from about 1860 to 1914 and three important groups: William McTaggart and his contemporaries; the Glasgow School and Charles Rennie Mackintosh; and JD Fergusson and the Scottish Colourists. With 150 colour reproductions.
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.
The world of fantasy artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell is one of muscle-bound heroes, beautiful - and also muscle-bound - women, dragons and monsters in other-worldly and often violent landscapes. In this volume the two artists present 145 reproductions of recent, previously unpublished images, and chapters telling their own stories and discussing elements of their art. With the book, inside the back cover, there is a set of ten limited edition art prints.
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.
Drawings and Oil Sketches by a Modern Kentish Master
Christopher Alexander studied at the Royal College of Art, became a teacher and produced a vast body of work, specializing in figure drawing. This volume, compiled by his son, comprises a biography and over 150 sketches, portraits and landscapes.
As a figurative artist, Graham Dean (b.1951) regards the body as ‘a holding pen for the emotions’ and aims to communicate his subjects’ inner life through his large-scale and very distinctive watercolours. James Attlee draws on conversations with the artist to provide a full, yet succinct introduction to Dean’s life and work, accompanying over 150 reproductions that follow his artistic career from realist, post-Pop acrylic paintings to the life-size watercolour depictions of the human body.
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.
In the Studio
Artists of the 20th Century in Private and at Work
From its first issue in March 1949, Paris Match magazine has run features on artists, 'eavesdropping' on painters and sculptors as they worked in their studios or relaxed in private.This volume opens the magazine's photographic archive to present almost 150 photographs, including portraits of artists, their models and a whole chapter devoted to Chagall at work on the Opéra Garnier ceiling in 1964, as well as the revealing images of artists making art and posing with their finished works.
Now in his self-proclaimed 'late period', the veteran pop artist Peter Blake remains as inventive and prolific as ever. In this enchanting book, he revisits a city that first captivated his imagination in the 1950s, embellishing a series of vintage postcards to produce scenes of magical, surreal beauty. The book is introduced by an interview in which the artist describes his lifelong fascination with collage, while each of the 28 images is accompanied by his wry commentary.
Raphael's Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn
Raphael’s most haunting painting has tantalized art-lovers for centuries. Published to accompany a major US exhibition, this illustrated study explains the portrait’s historical context, its links to Petrarch’s poetry, and its relation to Leonardo’s Mona Lisa.
A Life in Colour
A contemporary of Francis Bacon and Euan Uglow, Scottish painter Craigie Aitchison (1926–2009) employed saturated colours and vivid shapes in his work, which included landscapes, portraits and still-lifes, with deceptive simplicity. This illustrated retrospective, containing detailed analyses of his paintings, explores his life and career and examines the motifs of black men, dogs and crucifixions which recurred in his work time and again, from his student days at the Slade School of Art to his later sojourns in Tuscany.
The Story of De Stijl
Mondrian to Van Doesburg
In the early 1920s, a group of Dutch artists and architects, among them Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Gerrit Rietveld and César Domela, formed the profoundly influential De Stijl (‘The Style’) movement. Illustrated with reproductions and photographs of their works in a variety of media, this innovative volume profiles the artists and collaborators of De Stijl and describes how they ‘built bridges between art, design, architecture and society’.
The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington
During childhood, Joanna Moorhead heard about a wild cousin called Prin who had fled their suffocatingly respectable family. When Joanna travelled to Mexico to find her, it was the start of a life-changing friendship, for her relative was none other than Leonora Carrington, the last surviving Surrealist. This book tells how, over tea and tequila, Leonora recalled her extraordinary life, her relationship with Max Ernst, her incarceration in an asylum, and her friendships with Picasso, Dalí and Frida Kahlo.
Looking to Heaven
The artist Stanley Spencer made several attempts to write an autobiography, but completed none of them. His grandson has combined these fragments with his notebooks, diaries and letters to provide a first-hand account of his life. Illustrated with Spencer’s paintings and drawings alongside period photographs, the resulting narrative records the development of his art and personality from his childhood in Cookham through his training at the Slade to his experiences in the First World War.
‘I think of my paintings as a source of imagery, something that generates imagery rather than contains it.’ This beautifully illustrated, in-depth survey of St Ives artist Bryan Wynter’s life and work reveals much of the inspiration for his paintings, including his experimentation with mescaline during the 1950s which, presaging 1960s counterculture, added a fluid, calligraphic dynamism to his evolving abstract style. The book also explores the politics and personalities of the St Ives group, particularly Wynter’s great friend Patrick Heron.
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’.
Monet's Water Lilies
The Agapanthus Triptych
Although Claude Monet intended the three water lily paintings he named Agapanthus to stay together, the panels were bought by three different American galleries in the late 1950s. In 2011, the paintings were reunited and exhibited as a triptych at the Saint Louis Art Museum. This volume, with an essay by the curator Simon Kelly, a technical study by Mary Schafer and Johanna Bernstein and a wealth of photographs and reproductions, accompanied the exhibition.
Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish
Posable models or lay figures have for centuries been a fixture in artists' studios, particularly used by classical painters to arrange drapery. Through a series of illustrated essays, this book, published to accompany the exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, analyses how the artist's tool developed currency as a subject in its own right and explores the meaning and symbolism of mannequins in the work of artists from 17th-century Dutch masters to Jake and Dinos Chapman.
Paintings and Drawings from The Venice Studio
This retrospective of expatriate British artist Geoffrey Humphries celebrates both the artist’s work and his home city of Venice. At once elegant, decadent and theatrical, Humphries’ paintings, including his many sensitive portraits of women and erotic depictions of the female form, exude the Venetian spirit, drawing inspiration from the city’s art history and Gothic architecture. Three introductory essays and an interview with the artist are included in this lavishly illustrated volume.
The Art of the Pharaohs
Introduced by Zahi Hawass, from Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, and illustrated with magnificent photography by Araldo De Luca, this volume explores the significance, values and evolution of the art of the pharaohs chronologically, from Narmer (c.3100 BCE) to Cleopatra VII (51–30 BCE). The text sketches an historical and artistic profile for each of 34 rulers, including Khafre, Nefertiti and Tutankhamen, revealing how the art practice of ancient Egypt aspired to 'represent an immutable, sanctified reality'. Includes a complete chronology.
Treasures from Korea
Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910
The dynasty that ruled Korea for five centuries presided over an era of unparalleled artistry, in which aesthetic rigour combined with sensitivity to materials to produce objects of great refinement. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at museums in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Houston, this catalogue features hundreds of paintings, woodcarvings, ceramics and textiles. The accompanying essays explore these artistic traditions, the history of the Joseon dynasty, and the Confucian philosophy that underpinned the culture.
The Great War, Experimentation, and Change
Focused on the period 1912 to 1925, this catalogue and the exhibition it accompanied explore the diversity of work developed by Picasso against a backdrop of war and change. Essays discussing his shift from Cubism to Neoclassicism, his friendship with Cocteau, and the Parisian art world during the First World War, accompany reproductions of works by Picasso and his contemporaries, his designs for the ballet Parade (1917), and Cocteau’s snapshots of Picasso and friends in Paris, 1916.
A Painter's Life
This first full-length biography of Terry Frost traces his life from his working-class upbringing in the Midlands, a four-year stint as a prisoner of war on Crete where he experienced the artist’s calling, his first abstract phase during the early years in St Ives, his major stylistic periods, coinciding with moves upcountry and travel abroad, and his subsequent return to St Ives in 1974, which inspired the colourful geometry of his later work.
The Sources of Surrealism
Art in Context
Part of the Art in Context series, this comprehensive sourcebook collects 234 texts (with supporting apparatus) from across the whole range of Surrealist writing and art criticism, from precursors such as Rimbaud and Jarry, through the key writings of Dadaists and Surrealists including Francis Picabia, André Breton, Antonin Artaud and Louis Aragon, to the post-war years 1945–67, with extracts from de Chirico and Duchamp.
Charting the life and career of Abigail McLellan (1969–2009), Sturgis describes how her childhood obsession with ‘making’ culminated in a place at Glasgow School of Art. Choosing portraiture, she often exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, though her real passion lay in painting flowers and nature. This first monograph of the artist is richly illustrated with photographs and reproductions that reflect her boundless creative energy, even as she was losing her battle with MS.
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.
at the Wallace Collection
Antoine Watteau (1684–1721) was one of the greatest and most influential painters and draughtsmen of the 18th century, renowned for his fetes galantes woodland scenes. In this study, the eight Watteau paintings in the Wallace Collection are discussed alongside works from other galleries, including drawings from the British Museum collections and paintings by Watteau's contemporaries.
Treasures of the Black Death
During the Black Death, Jews in what is now Germany were made scapegoats and attacked in pogroms. They fled, some burying their most precious possessions, hoping to return. The 'treasures' of this exhibition catalogue are two such hoards of wedding rings, jewellery, gold and silver tablewares and coins. They are described and illustrated, along with essays on the Colmar and Erfurt hoards and their cultural context.
Miniatures in the Wallace Collection
Published to mark the opening of the 'Boudoir Cabinet', a new gallery devoted to miniatures and gold boxes, this catalogue presents reproductions and commentary on 70 of the finest of the Wallace Collection's small paintings in watercolour or enamel. Covering the period from the mid-16th to the late 19th centuries, the book has introductory essays on the history of miniature painting and on the Collection's outstanding examples of French 18th-century miniatures.
Paul Delaroche 1797–1856
Paintings in the Wallace Collection
Reissued to coincide with the exhibition Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey in 2011, Stephen Duffy's study of the French history and portrait painter Paul Delaroche discusses the twelve works in the Wallace Collection. The paintings, reproduced along with sketches and related works, include the famous Execution of Lady Jane Grey and The Princes in the Tower.
A Short Book About Painting
Writing ‘for people who enjoy looking at paintings and for people who paint’, Andrew Marr aims to help readers understand what they see when they are looking at art – particularly contemporary art – and how to improve as painters. Using his own paintings as examples of failures, and the works of artists including Patrick Heron, Robert Rauschenberg and Sarah Lucas, Marr addresses fundamental questions about taste, colour, motif, and the appreciation of modern art.
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. Gabriele 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.
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.
In Search of a Masterpiece
An Art Lover's Guide to Great Britain & Ireland
The museums of Britain and Ireland contain an astonishing wealth of great art, by no means all of it in London. In this personal tour, the former Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures leads the reader through the galleries of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The history of each collection is outlined and a selection of its highlights and lesser known gems described. The 273 colour illustrations include masterpieces by Mantegna, Rembrandt, Turner, Monet and Gauguin, among many great artists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Different Ways of Seeing
The Artistic Vision of Joan Gillchrest, Bryan Pearce and Fred Yates
Often exhibiting together during their lifetimes, contemporaries Joan Gillchrest, Bryan Pearce and Fred Yates were inspired to record the people and scenes of Cornwall in their individual, instantly recognizable styles, and to try to capture the unique magic of the county. Written as a companion to a 2011 exhibition that took place after their deaths, this guide provides short biographies of each artist, personal photographs, and many colour reproductions of their work.
James Chambury: Colour, Light and Shade
Painting in East Anglia and Beyond
James Chambury devoted the second part of his life to painting the Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk scenery, and his pictures show a concern with the effects of light on the landscape. Those familiar with East Anglia will recognize fishing boats on the beach at Aldeburgh and scenes from the villages of Blakeney and Wells-next-the-Sea on the north Norfolk coast. With over 70 colour plates and a fully illustrated introduction, this book is a wonderful celebration of a prolific English artist.
A Life in Pictures
From his ‘lucky, lucky childhood’, a war baby growing up in his mother’s sweet shop, to experiencing ‘another burst of wonder’ as a grandfather, Michael Foreman tells the story of his life in prose suited to readers young and old, and in pictures from the books he has illustrated. Tracing his career through those story books, Foreman describes his collaborations with writers, especially Terry Jones and Michael Morpurgo, who has written the foreword for this charmed life in pictures – and stories.
Man Ray in Paris
Man Ray arrived in Paris from New York in 1921 and was to stay there until 1940. As a painter he sought out the Parisian avant-garde and soon became an influential figure in the Dada and Surrealist movements; and as a photographer he was able to earn a living. Following an illustrated introduction, this book reproduces 74 photographs, including portraits, ‘rayographs’ and experiments such as solarization, that illustrate Man Ray’s seminal role in elevating photography to an art form.
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.