Gainsborough's Cottage Doors
An Insight into the Artist's Last Decade
Inspired by the recent identification of a third autograph version of Thomas Gainsborough’s late masterpiece The Cottage Door in the Huntington Art Collections in San Marino, California, this book examines the multiple versions of designs that the artist produced in the 1780s. It demonstrates how, without the pressure of exhibiting annually or finishing commissioned portraits, Gainsborough’s work became more personal and more thoughtful.
The Achievement of Fame
Drawing on new research and material, including long-awaited editions of Michelangelo’s correspondence, Hirst’s biography sheds fresh light on the development of the artist’s work in painting, sculpture and architecture and on his relations with family, friends and patrons. Starting with his apprenticeship in the workshop of Ghirlandaio in Florence, the study covers Michelangelo’s first excursion to Rome, the creation of the Pietà, David and the Sistine ceiling, and ends with Michelangelo’s definitive move to Rome in 1534.
Pop to Popism
Originally accompanying an exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2014, this catalogue presents eight essays and over 180 reproductions. It traces the development of Pop Art in Britain, Europe, America and Australia, from its origins in the 1950s and the work of Eduardo Paolozzi and Robert Rauschenberg, through the era of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, to the re-emergence of ‘Popism’ in the 1980s, with artists including Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
Dawn of Egyptian Art
The objects made during the Predynastic and Early Dynastic periods (c.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 (c.3050 BCE) to the stela of King Raneb (c.2880 BCE), this volume reflects on the early Egyptians’ representations of people, animals and the landscape, and their reasons for making these objects.
Treasures of the Louvre
A former palace of the French kings, the Musée de Louvre is now home to an extraordinary range of artistic masterpieces that span Oriental, Egyptian, and Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities and Western decorative arts, sculpture, paintings and drawings from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Curated by the former Emeritus Director, Michael Laclotte, this volume illustrates its most renowned works, each identified with a museum label listing the title, maker, date, media and dimensions.
El Greco to Velázquez
Art During the Reign of Philip III
Painting in Spain in the early 17th century developed in a more naturalistic style, with an increased attention to detail in the picture space and the emergence of still life and genre scenes as subjects for artists. This illustrated volume analyses the late paintings of El Greco and the early career of Velázquez as well as the work of more than a dozen influential but lesser known painters.
The Rockies and the Alps
Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains
On both sides of the Atlantic, 19th-century painters were drawn to the drama and grandeur of mountains. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Newark Museum, New Jersey, this book explores the artistic dialogue between the Swiss painter Alexandre Calame (1810–64) and the American Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902). More than 100 illustrations reproduce their work, alongside that of contemporaries such as Turner, Ruskin and Sargent.
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.
Art of Violence
The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, the mythological violence of Apollo and Marsyas – Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652) is renowned for such images of suffering. He left his native Spain for Italy, was familiar with the Italian masters and his admiration for Caravaggio is evident in the realism and the drama of light and shade in his work. Discussing his paintings, drawings and works by contemporaries, this study looks in depth at Ribera’s art of violence and pain.
Origins of Modern Art
Masterworks of Modernism, from Monet and Van Gogh to Kandinsky, Delaunay & Klee
From the emergence of Impressionism in the mid-19th century, through Expressionism and Fauvism, to Dada in the 1910s, this well-illustrated narrative traces the development of modern art in Europe, Russia and America. Through the work of artists including Cézanne, Kandinsky and Picasso it explores the influence of social changes and the creation of various artistic groups, each one offering a radical alternative to traditional techniques and ideas.
The Face of Britain
The Nation Through its Portraits
Simon Schama's engrossing stories of encounters between British art and history focus on the challenge of creating the likeness of a remarkable Briton from the 'triangular collision of wills between sitter, artist and public'. He starts with the 'face of power' and Sutherland's portrait of Churchill, and goes on to look at faces of love, fame, the self and the people, discussing over 100 works from the National Portrait Gallery collection, and sitters ranging from Henry VIII to Amy Winehouse.
The Master's Muse
Artists' Cats and Dogs
Matisse’s dogs dance in a circle, Turner’s dog walks with his master into a vortex of fiery light, while Rachel Whiteread’s dog sits mournfully in front of a cast of his kennel. Thinking about what Marc Chagall’s dog might look like prompted Barratt to begin his paintings and prints of dogs and cats, each executed in the style of the animal’s owner. Altogether there are 99 cat or dog portraits, poking gentle fun at artists from Holbein to Tracy Emin.
The Black Figure
In the European Imaginary
Published to accompany an exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Florida in 2017, this study explores European approaches to race and gender during the 18th and 19th centuries and the relationship between European artists and the ‘expressive possibilities of blackness’. The exhibits, 31 very varied portraits, include famous figures such as Anne Zingha and Alexandre Dumas as well as anonymous slaves in America and people of colonial Africa.
Arts and Crafts
Masterpieces of Art
Beginning with Michael Robinson's introduction to the 'New Aesthetic' of the Arts and Crafts Movement, this volume presents around 90 reproductions of textile, ceramics and wallpaper designs and miscellaneous artworks by some of the movement's finest artists. Along with perennially popular designs by CFA Voysey, William Morris and John Henry Dearle, there are less familiar works, including Edward Burne-Jones's stained-glass Viking Ship and The Tree of Personal Effort, a watercolour by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Masterpieces of Art
After Michael Robinson’s succinct, illustrated essay tracing the progress of the Impressionist movement from Édouard Manet’s Music in the Tuileries Gardens (1862) to Monet’s Waterlilies (1903), this volume from the Masterpieces of Art series presents 88 full-page reproductions of some of the greatest Impressionist works. In three sections – paintings of modern life, landscape and domesticity – the selection includes Renoir’s The Theatre Box (1874), Degas’ L’Absinthe, and The Sea at L’Estaque (1878) by Cézanne.
A Painter's Life
Terry Frost (1915–2003) discovered his talent for art in the early 1940s, when he was a prisoner of war in Crete with former Slade student Adrian Heath. This first full-length biography traces his life from his working-class upbringing in the Midlands to his settling in St Ives in 1974, recalling a career in which he taught extensively and explored different artistic styles, shifting from representational images to abstraction and geometric designs.
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.
A Natural Gallery
David Nash sculpts wood with a chainsaw, creating forms that reflect their natural origin. This book chronicles his year-long residency at Kew Gardens, working with trees at the end of their lives. Photographs show the works in progress against a backdrop of the changing seasons.
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.
Courts and Courtly Arts in Renaissance Italy
Art, Culture and Politics, 1395–1530
After three essays discussing the relationship of politics and the arts, particularly music and humanist literature, in Renaissance Italy, this magnificently illustrated volume is arranged geographically, exploring the architecture and the visual arts of the courts of the Italian peninsula, from the Duchy of Savoy in Piedmont to the Durazzo and Aragonese families in the Kingdom of Naples.
Vatican Art Deck
Exploring the treasures of the Vatican’s museums, palaces and the Basilica of St Peter, this set of 100 cards covers ancient sculpture and details of Renaissance architecture as well as frescos and paintings by Michelangelo, Raphael, Fra Angelico, Titian, Caravaggio, Poussin and many others. Each card measures 162 x 162 mm, with a reproduction or photograph on one side and a description of the work by the art historian Anja Grebe on the reverse. Boxed set.
The Commedia dell'Arte and Porcelain Sculpture
Since the Renaissance, the characters of the Commedia dell'Arte – Harlequin, Columbine, Scaramouche and company – have inspired plays, paintings, engravings and porcelain. Drawing on some of the world's finest collections, especially that of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto, this magnificently illustrated survey presents 150 figures by leading British and European manufacturers, including the celebrated Meissen factories. It also explains the hidden meanings of these mysterious characters and how a bawdy street theatre became an elegant courtly entertainment.
Salvador Dalí at Home
From his family homes in Cadaqués and Figueres in the Catalan Alt-Empordà region, to Madrid and Paris, ‘camping out’ in America, and back to his beloved Catalonia, this book follows Salvador Dalí through the various lifestyles and landscapes that shaped his life and informed his work. With over 130 illustrations, both reproductions of paintings and photographs of the artist, the book offers an insight into the influence of people and surroundings on the great Surrealist.
Modern Art Collection in the Pinakothek der Moderne
Bernhard Maaz, Director of the Bavarian State Painting Collections, presents his choice of around 35 paintings and sculptures from the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. The works range from Edvard Munch’s Woman in Red Dress (1902–3) to Joseph Beuys’ installation The End of the Twentieth Century (1985) and include a prized recent acquisition: Paul Klee’s Pastor Kohl (1952).
De László in Holland
Dutch Masterpieces by Philip Alexius de László (1869–1937)
Famous across Europe as a portrait painter whose sitters included British royalty and an American president, the Hungarian-born artist Philip de László went to the Netherlands in 1901, with a commission from the Van Loon family, and afterwards became very popular with Holland’s cosmopolitan sociey. This catalogue of an exhibition at Museum Van Loon in Amsterdam presents reproductions and commentary on 50 Dutch portraits, along with illustrated essays on the artist and the art of portraiture.
Facing the World
Self-portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei
Actually starting long before Rembrandt, with Palma Vecchio (c.1480–1528), this catalogue of 150 self-portraits accompanied a collaborative exhibition by the National Galleries of Scotland and galleries in Karlsruhe and Lyon. After three essays discussing the motivation and progress of the self-portrait from a medieval goldsmith inserting himself in an altar to the ubiquitous selfie, the book brings together an extraordinary range of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture, with commentary on each artist and how they pictured themselves.
Drawings and Oil Sketches by a Modern Kentish Master
Christopher Alexander (1926–82) studied at the Royal College of Art and after becoming a teacher 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.
Art Deco Fashion
Masterpieces of Art
After an account of the Art Deco style, its fashion designers and artists, and the lifestyle and look of the women who wore the clothes, Gordon Kerr presents a gallery of over 100 of the movement's best illustrations. The reproductions include fashion plates and other artworks by artists such as Georges Barbier, Tamara de Lempicka and, of course, Erté (Romain de Tirtoff). Masterpieces of Art series.
Treasures from the Silk Road Capital
Situated at the beginning of the Silk Road, Chang’an was the largest, most cosmopolitan city in the world during the Tang dynasty (618–907). This catalogue of an exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales showcases its treasures, illustrating more than 130 paintings, sculptures, and items of metalwork, glassware and ceramics. Essays discuss beliefs, burial culture, the city’s international links, and the elegance of its courtly women.
The Orléans Collection
To mark the tricentennial of the founding of New Orleans, an exhibition explored the celebrated art collection of the city’s namesake, Philippe II, duc d’Orléans (1674–1723), regent of France and a discerning patron of the arts. Published to accompany the exhibition, this magnificent volume offers essays on Philippe as collector and his collection as well as essays and commentaries on 36 representative works, including masterpieces by Poussin, Veronese, Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Guido Reni. Includes a summary catalogue of the Orléans collection.
The Hardy Family of Artists
Frederick Daniel, George, Heywood, James and their Descendants
From James Hardy senior (1801–1879), who painted portrait miniatures in the 1820s, the traditions and skills of painting were handed down through generations of the Hardy family, whose members included some of the leading genre and animal painters of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Drawing on a collection of unpublished letters, documents and photographs inherited from the artists’ descendants, Kimber Hardy presents the first comprehensive assessment of their work.
Musée du Louvre
Among over 120 full-page details of paintings in this volume are the naked feet of Christ, Napoleon’s gold-embroidered boots and the discarded pink slipper of Ingres’ La Baigneuse de Valpinçon. Posing the question, ‘How can we decipher the mysteries – or the enigmas – concealed in this fragmentary narrative?’ Margo Glantz discusses this intriguing way of approaching art and the meanings that feet and shoes can convey. The full paintings appear at the end of the book.
Court and Craft
A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq
The Courtauld’s collection of Islamic metalworks includes an early 14th-century inlaid brass vessel shaped like a leather bag or wallet and decorated with a court scene, horsemen, musicians and revellers. No other metal vessel of this kind survives and its function has remained a mystery. This volume accompanied an exhibition that explored the ‘Courtauld bag’ in detail, along with over 30 objects whose study illuminates the life and art of the medieval Mongol Empire.
The Image of Venice
Fialetti's View and Sir Henry Wotton
A large painting of Venice hangs in Eton College, gifted to them in 1636 by Henry Wotton, the former British Ambassador to the city. The eight-metre canvas offers a birds-eye view of the buildings and canals and includes tiny vignettes depicting everyday Venetian life. This volume examines the painting in detail in the context of the historic depictions of Venice and also discusses the life of Wotton himself.
Printmaking in Paris
The Rage for Prints at the Fin de Siècle
Between 1890 and 1905, prints became extremely popular in Paris, and leading artists such as Bonnard, Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec embraced the medium. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, this catalogue reproduces more than 160 prints, posters, theatre programmes and book illustrations from the period. The accompanying essays examine how the fashion for printmaking developed, describe the various techniques and explore the numerous applications of this ‘new notion’ of art.
The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon
In the 1880s Suzanne Valadon was a model for Auguste Renoir and other Impressionists. She was also a painter of considerable talent – a fact that she initially kept secret. Born in poverty in rural France, she was acclaimed by Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, and became the first female painter exhibited at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. This illustrated biography traces the life and career of an exceptional woman whose art spanned many styles and who made her mark in a male-dominated world.
Painting in Her True Colours
Val Morsman’s survey of her own work aims to encourage and stimulate fellow artists to experiment with different media, push themselves to take risks, and enjoy the creative process. Demonstrating her experiences, this book is illustrated with a wide selection of Morsman’s watercolours, oils, acrylics and collages of rural and urban scenes, made over a period of 25 years and showing her diverse range of approaches to art.
Creating the Countryside
The Rural Idyll Past and Present
This exhibition catalogue offers a range of perspectives on the role and importance of the countryside in art and visual culture – from Gainsborough's landscapes to 21st-century video games. Essays explore themes such as the relationship between art and farming and how the concept of the rural idyll is exploited in advertising campaigns, while contemporary artists explain how rural places, communities and themes function in art practice today.
Soldier in Art
Growing up in Poland in the early 1900s, Arthur Szyk made his name as a book illustrator and political artist between the wars. He became more widely known for his paintings satirizing the policies and leaders of the Axis powers, produced after he settled in America in 1940. This comprehensive account of his life and work, with over 200 examples of his illustrations, sketches and paintings, examines and decodes his highly detailed compositions.
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 1980s. 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.
A History of Pictures
From the Cave to the Computer Screen
David Hockney’s own experience and insights inform this discussion of the nature of art and artistic representations. Crossing media from old master paintings to photography, film and television, this highly illustrated volume is presented as a conversation between Hockney and art critic Martin Gayford. They consider topics such as truth, naturalism and deception and, continuing the theme of Hockney’s book Secret Knowledge, the role of mirrors, reflections and lenses in creating images.
From Death to Death and Other Small Tales
Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and D.Daskalopoulos Collection
Taking the theme of the human body, the sometimes-provocative art in this exhibition catalogue includes installations, paintings and sculpture by 20th-century giants such as Duchamp and Magritte, as well as prominent contemporary artists including Rachel Whiteread and Sarah Lucas.
From Rodin to Plensa
Modern Sculpture at the Meadows Museum
The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, was opened in 1965 to house the substantial art collection of Texas businessman Algur H Meadows. A leading centre for the study of Spanish art, the museum has also built up a notable holding of modern sculpture and this portfolio reviews these works, including pieces by Rodin, Maillol, Moore, Giacometti, Picasso and Oldenburg. The sculptures are further explored in a photo-essay by Laura Wilson.
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.
Theo van Doesburg
A New Expression of Life, Art, and Technology
Accompanying an exhibition devoted to the work of the Dutch painter, architect, poet and designer Theo van Doesburg (1883–1931), and the work of the leading artists he brought together by founding the De Stijl movement and its magazine, this catalogue comprises reproductions of 145 paintings, designs and architectural drawings and six illustrated essays on various facets of van Doesburg’s career, including Dada, De Stijl, abstract cinema and Art Concret.
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.
The Royal Portrait
Image and Impact
What constitutes a royal portrait? Jennifer Scott discusses visual portrayals of kings, queens, princes and princesses, from the portrait of Richard II by an anonymous 14th-century artist to Annie Leibovitz’s photograph of Elizabeth II in 2007. Illustrated with 157 examples, including works by great artists from Hans Holbein to Lucien Freud, the study explores the factors that contribute to a royal portrait: its accuracy of appearance, the artist’s aspirations, and the intended location and audience of the work.
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.
And the Industry of Painting | The World in the Workbench
In a scholarly, richly illustrated study of the mid-17th-century Neapolitan art world, Marshall charts the links between the artisans, painters and dealers of this bustling city and its wealthy patrons and consumers of art. Among the topics examined are the working lives of artists, the process of buying and selling cabinet pictures, the rise of the exhibition, and the careers of successful artists such as Luca Giordano, Jusepe de Ribera and Massimo Stanzione.
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 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.
William Beckford's Fonthill
Architecture, Landscape and the Arts
Accused of having an affair with a boy, William Beckford (1760–1844) retired to his estate at Fonthill, Wiltshire, where he constructed a faux-medieval abbey to house his art and antiquities. This book draws on contemporary records to detail his grandiose building plans, and to tell how, having spent his inherited wealth, he was forced to auction both his collection and the building itself, whose huge Gothic tower came crashing down soon after the sale.
Korea's Golden Kingdom
Published to accompany an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this highly illustrated volume explores the visual culture of the Silla Kingdom of Korea between the 4th and 8th centuries. More than 100 objects – including gold regalia and jewellery, precious metal and clay vessels, and Buddhist icons and shrines – are presented, alongside essays examining topics such as the history of the ancient city of Gyeongju and the realm's links with the nomadic-pastoralist traditions of the Eurasian Steppe.
Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry
Although an accomplished draftsman and painter, Coecke was famed amongst his contemporaries for his complex tapestry designs, which were acquired by rulers including Henry VIII and the Medici. Focusing on 20 tapestries and produced to accompany an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this well-illustrated volume explores the development of his style, and the scale, innovation and mastery of colour that epitomize his contribution to Renaissance art in Flanders.
Treasures of World Art
This first volume in The Hermitage Collections showcases the masterpieces collected by successive Russian rulers and the splendour in which they are displayed. Ranging from Ancient Greece and Rome to 18th-century European sculpture, the artworks offer an encyclopedic view of world culture as well as an insight into the personal tastes of the country’s elite. An introductory essay explaining the history of the building and collection precedes over 250 photographs of the museum and its treasures. Slightly off-mint.
Crossing the Channel
British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism
During the period between the restoration of the French monarchy at the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837, hostility in politics between Britain and France gave way to mutual admiration in the arts. This magnificent catalogue of a 2003 exhibition at Tate Britain deals mainly with painting and brings together works by major figures such as Constable, Delacroix, Turner and Vernet to explore how artists from each country influenced their counterparts on the other side of the Channel.
Native American Modernism
Art from North America
Drawing on the extensive collection in Berlin’s Ethnological Museum, this 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.
Van Gogh's Ear
The True Story
The best-known incident in Van Gogh’s life is also the least understood. Interweaving the story of her own detective work with that of the artist’s final crisis, Bernadette Murphy reconstructs Van Gogh’s Arles, with its cafés and brothels. She explores his relationships with his brother Theo and fellow painter Gauguin, and identifies many locals he knew, including policemen, prostitutes, shepherds, artists, and the mysterious Rachel, recipient of his severed ear.
Glimpses of Eternity
Watercolours of Westminster Abbey
Asked to record the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, Alexander Creswell began a series of watercolour paintings of Westminster Abbey, its chapels and cloisters, architectural details, and views from the Triforium and Organ Loft. Some 40 watercolours are reproduced here, with commentaries by the artist.
Masterpieces of Art
Often described as the ‘Father of Modern Art’, Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) holds a pivotal position between the Impressionists that he exhibited with and the abstraction that his experimental work leaned towards. This volume from the popular Masterpieces of Art series introduces the life, artistic career and legacy of Cézanne before presenting full-page reproductions of 85 paintings – still lifes, landscapes, portraits and nudes.
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.
Art Nouveau Posters
Masterpieces of Art
At the end of the 19th century, advertising and Art Nouveau joined forces in a new and vibrant art form – the poster. Created to promote everything from absinthe to bicycle chains, posters by artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha have outlived the products they so vividly advertise. After an introduction to their origins and cultural context, this book presents 100 posters, many of them now, like Steinlen's Cabaret du Chat Noir, iconic images.
Thomas Bush Hardy
1842–1897, A Master Painter of Marine and Coastal Watercolours
Thomas Bush Hardy was one of the most successful and prolific marine watercolourists of the 19th century, depicting the elements of sea and sky and the vessels that were then undergoing rapid change, with drama and subtlety. This account of his life and career, illustrated with over 200 reproductions, provides a chronicle of his trips up and down the English coast, to the Dutch beaches and French Channel ports, and to his beloved Venetian lagoon.
The Bachelor Stripped Bare
Duchamp (1887–1968) is now seen as a critical figure in the development of modern art thanks to his provocative conceptual works of the 1910s and his association with important post-war collectors such as Peggy Guggenheim. This biography examines an unusual career that produced few artworks and involved years of studying and playing chess.
Bridge to the Future
Edited by Sergei Reviakin, this is the first published monograph on the Russian artist Oleg Kudryashov (b.1932), who broke away from the aesthetic norms imposed on Russian art since the Stalinist era to follow his own artistic goals. His work, mainly in dry-point etching, with its linear structures sometimes extended into three-dimensional reliefs and constructions, is represented here in around 250 pages of reproductions and photographs, along with four short essays and a list of works.
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.
Make a Joyful Noise
Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral
Luca della Robbia’s fine Cantoria – an organ loft and singers’ gallery – was installed in Florence Cathedral in 1438, opposite a similar structure by Donatello. The essays in this beautifully illustrated volume present analysis of details from the Cantoria’s carved reliefs depicting musicians, as well as research into the organs and choirbooks that were once used in the gallery. A postscript describes how this Renaissance masterpiece has been displayed in its new context at the Museo dell’Opera.
On the Seven Deadly Sins
Drawing on his experience in politics, former MP Kenneth Baker examines how the Seven Deadly Sins have been depicted in art and literature through the ages. Using excerpts from plays, poetry and fiction, he discusses the sins, reflects on their continuing presence in today’s more secular society, and concludes that life would be banal and unchallenging without them. The extensive illustrations include works by old masters such as Botticelli and Bosch, press photographs, and cartoons by Gillray, Rowlandson, Bateman, Peter Brookes and Dave Brown.
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.
The son of a famous soldier, Andrew Festing spent nine years in the army and another twelve at Sotheby's auction house before becoming a professional painter in 1981. He quickly established himself as a leading portraitist and has completed commissions of prominent figures in politics, the Church and the Royal Family, including the Queen. This exploration of his oeuvre gives an account of his life and influences, discusses his meticulous methods and includes reproductions of over 150 of his works.
Into the Undergrowth
Sous-bois (or undergrowth) emerged as a sub-genre of landscape painting in 19th-century French art, typically in the form of a study of tree trunks and the forest floor, or trees with a solitary figure. This exhibition catalogue explores Van Gogh’s contributions through 30 paintings by the artist and his contemporaries and precursors, including Corot, Gauguin and Cézanne. Accompanying essays examine the Barbizon School, Van Gogh’s nature painting and his 1890 canvas, Undergrowth with Two Figures.
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.
The art historian Katy Norris presents the first account of the short life and prolific career of the British artist Christopher Wood (1902–1930), illustrated with over 130 reproductions and photographs of his paintings, drawings and stage designs. Norris provides analysis of the works and discusses the influence of fellow artists in Cornwall and Cumbria, Wood’s engagement with the Parisian avant-garde, and the ‘gathering storm clouds’ of his final year in Brittany.
Olga Mohler Picabia
Started in 1936, four years before her marriage to Francis Picabia (1879–1953), and left unfinished two years before his death, this album of photographs, sketches and cuttings was compiled by Olga Picabia (1905–2002) and chronicles the life of the French avant-garde artist and poet. Reproducing 207 pages of the album, this book offers a unique view of a great romantic and artistic partnership.
In the 1960s, when the fashion in art was towards the abstract and conceptual, John Bellany (1942–2013) focused on the figurative, paying homage to Old Masters in his depictions of the fishing communities of the east of Scotland, among which he had grown up. This retrospective reviews his entire oeuvre, from these early large canvases, through the phantasmagoric, expressionist paintings of the following decades, to the more optimistic landscapes and allegorical compositions of the 21st century.
In this illustrated volume, art historian Marina Linares explores Impressionists’ interpretations of gardens in the city and the country, examining the light, colour and technique used in over 200 paintings. Incorporating early 19th-century works by Constable, which transformed landscape painting as a genre, and subsequent pieces by artists including Sisley, Renoir, Pissarro, Cézanne and Morisot, the book concludes with a selection of Monet’s water lily paintings. Text in six languages.
Design Culture Fashion 1956–1976
For more than two decades, the Pop movement spanned the worlds of music, art, fashion and design. This book chronicles its development from the Beat Generation of the Fifties through the optimism of the Sixties to its demise amid the angry nihilism of punk. Almost 300 illustrations feature posters, paintings, record sleeves and clothing, including work by Andy Warhol, Mary Quant, David Bailey, Robert Crumb and Zandra Rhodes.
The Figurative Pollock
Discussing and reproducing 103 works, from Stone Head (1933) to Easter and the Totem (1953), this catalogue, with essays and commentary, focuses on Jackson Pollock’s artistic development as a figurative artist, leaving aside the familiar ‘drip’ paintings. Originally accompanied an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel. Bound in grey linen.
This Is Goya
Goya’s life as court painter was turned upside down by Napoleon’s invasion of Spain in 1808 and the artist responded with his drawings, The Disasters of War, employing an expressive and personal approach that would inspire artists of the next generation and beyond. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context
This is Rembrandt
Early success made Rembrandt rich and famous in the booming Amsterdam of the 1630s but his extravagance led to penury in later life. Considered the quintessential ‘old master’ painter today, his unconventional compositions and expressive intensity were groundbreaking in his own time. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context.
Visions of Fuji
Artists from the Floating World
Mount Fuji, with its majestic cone and snow-capped summit, has inspired artists and writers for centuries. This volume discusses its continuing influence, focusing on its representation in the Japanese woodblock art of Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858). Hundreds of reproductions show how the mountain has become an emblem of perfection, symmetry, spiritual balance and endurance, while the text follows the evolution of the artists' work.
Prints and Drawings: Europe 1500–1900
From the Art Gallery of New South Wales
With excellent reproductions of 90 etchings, woodcuts, lithographs and drawings from the collection of European works on paper in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, this volume presents the work of more than 70 artists, from the Renaissance master Andrea Mantegna to Edgar Degas in the late 19th century. The book includes works by many of the great European masters, among them Dürer’s Melencolia (1512) and Little Devil’s Bridge (1809) by Turner, with substantial commentaries on every artist.
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.
Royal Splendor in the Enlightenment
Charles IV of Spain, Patron and Collector
Charles IV (1748–1819) was an outstanding patron and collector, with a passionate interest in architecture, gardens, interior decoration and furniture as well as the fine arts. Accompanying an exhibition at Meadows Museum, Dallas, this volume offers an overview of the arts at the Bourbon court, with 82 exhibits ranging from royal portraits by Goya, the court painter, to furniture, porcelain and fabrics. The catalogue is accompanied by four essays, covering topics including Charles’s country houses, Goya and ‘silk fever’.
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 have emanated from the sub-continent. On each spread the object or image is accompanied by authoritative and detailed explanations of its cultural significance and history.
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.
Monet in Giverny
Landscapes of Reflection
With the focus on a select group of twelve paintings, among them Le Bassin des Nymphéas (1904) and Wisteria Number 1 and 2 (1920), this catalogue of an exhibition at Cincinnati Art Museum examines aspects of Monet’s work, including the depiction of water and the sanctuary of Giverny during the First World War, and ends with an article on Monet and his garden written in 1891 by the French art critic Octave Mirbeau.
Masterpieces of Art
The sinuous curving lines and natural forms of Art Nouveau swept across European and American design between around 1890 and 1914, creating a distinctive style in architecture, decorative art and painting that has retained its appeal for over a century. This volume presents a succinct introduction to the origins of Art Nouveau, the artists and the genres they worked in, followed by around 90 reproductions, including works by Klimt, Steinlen, Mucha, Aubrey Beardsley and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Masterpieces of Art
After a fresh and thoughtful introduction to the history and techniques of medieval manuscript illumination, this book goes on to present 90 reproductions of some of the finest examples in the collections of the British Library. Among the famous manuscripts represented are the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Saluces Hours, the Bedford Hours and the Bible Historiale from the Netherlands. The examples are in three parts: Venerable Depictions, Bible Stories and Secular Works.
Masterpieces of Art
The ‘Renaissance poster boy’ Raphael (1483–1520) was renowned for his good looks, love affairs and friends in high places as well as his paintings. Following an accessible introduction to his life and work, this book presents reproductions of over 70 works by Raphael, arranged in four sections: the celebrated depictions of the Madonna, portraits, paintings on Christian and classical themes, and the frescos, with details from epic works such as The School of Athens.
Masterpieces of Art
In this volume from the attractive Masterpieces of Art series, Susie Hodge presents a concise introduction to the British painter, designer, wood-engraver and war artist Eric Ravilious (1903–42), followed by around 90 full-page reproductions. Among the works shown are colour lithographs of shops from High Street (1938); idiosyncratic landscapes, including The Westbury Horse; and a selection of war art, ending with the watercolour painting Runway Perspective.
New Dimensions in Art
‘Art for me’, writes Alexander in his prologue, ‘has always been about the excitement of creating something new’. Illustrating that restless exploration, this book, with Edward Lucie-Smith’s brief essays and Alexander’s own commentaries, looks first at works created since 2008, then goes back to the start of Alexander’s career and traces the progression through painting and sculpture to monumental works. A final section is devoted to his experimental four-dimensional sculptures and holograms.
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.