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.
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.
The Pursuit of Immortality
Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals
Portrait medals, which commemorate individuals through a combination of likeness, imagery and text, were an important artistic innovation of the Renaissance. Ng presents fine examples, ranging from the 15th to 19th century, which are now in one of the world’s most significant private collections. She traces the art form’s origins and development, discussing the techniques used across Europe to make medals and the personal and political purposes for which they were produced.
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.
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.
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.
The Photographs of Solomon Osagie Alonge
The first official photographer to the royal court of Benin, Solomon Osagie Alonge (1911–1994) took portraits of its obas, or kings, in their regalia, and created a record of ceremonial life. Produced in collaboration between Washington’s Smithsonian Institution and Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments, this book reproduces many of his images, examines their role as a documentary record of an era of change, and explores the practices of early studio photography in West Africa.
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.
Highlights from The Tanenbaum Collection
The Tanenbaum Collection comprises over 200 important 19th-century paintings and sculptures by European artists, including Léon Bonnat, Frank Brangwyn, James Tissot and Henry Raeburn. Celebrating the gift of the collection to the Hamilton Art Gallery in Canada, this catalogue discusses 75 works ranging widely in subject matter and style – from religious paintings by Gustave Doré to Constantin Meunier’s sculpture of The Dockhand. Alison McQueen provides a brief introduction and detailed commentaries.
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.
British Ceramics 1675–1825
The Mint Museum is located in North Carolina, but its Delhom collection includes early British stoneware, earthenware and 18th-century porcelain. The 200 pieces in this publication have been selected for their particular qualities, catalogued with detailed descriptions alongside colour photographs and categorized by production material. As well as a wide range of tableware, with examples of cauliflower ware, more unusual pieces include ceramic busts of famous 18th-century faces, figurines, pickle stands, potpourri vases, candlesticks and a wall pocket.
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.