The St Ives Artists
A Biography of Place and Time
In a study that goes beyond the label ‘St Ives’, Michael Bird focuses on the artists, their art and its relationship to place and time, namely the post-war years to 1965. He discusses major figures including Terry Frost, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron and Peter Lanyon, but also sets the St Ives phenomenon in the contexts of wider British culture and international modernism. Groundbreaking when first published in 2008, the book has been revised and updated, with new illustrations and a new author’s preface.
Paul Nash: Outline
Paul Nash (1889–1946) began writing his ‘personal history’ in 1936–7, but ended the narrative with the outbreak of the First World War, in the chapter entitled ‘End of a World’. Described by David Boyd Haycock in his Introduction as ‘one of the finest autobiographies by an English artist of any era’, Outline is accompanied here by Nash’s notes for its continuation, his letters to his wife from France, 1917, and the previously unpublished ‘Memoirs of Paul Nash, 1913–1946' by his wife, Margaret.
Artist and Illustrator
Edward Ardizzone’s career began as an illustrator in the late 1920s, he served as a war artist from 1939 to 1945, and after the war his work ranged from illustrating literary classics to advertising Guinness. With over 230 reproductions, this study looks at every aspect of Ardizzone’s career, but particularly his own books, starting with Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain (1936), and his illustration for other children’s authors, notably Walter de la Mare, Eleanor Farjeon and James Reeves.
Johnston and Gill
Very British Types
British designers Eric Gill and Edward Johnston were contemporaries and friends and each was responsible for one of the most recognizable typefaces of the 20th century: Johnston, still adorning the signage of the London Underground, and Gill Sans, perhaps most notably used by the BBC. This study explores the relationship between the two men, details how their famous creations were developed and refined, and assesses their influence on British visual culture.
Edward Bawden Scrapbooks
Now housed in the Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, these scrapbooks, described by Edward Bawden himself as a ‘mass of ancient rubbish’, are in fact a vast and intriguing collection of Christmas cards, letters, cuttings, photographs and drawings. With reproductions of pages from all five scrapbooks and notes on the ‘scraps’ and the people mentioned, this volume is the closest thing we have to an autobiography of one of the finest, but most reclusive British artist-designers of the 20th century.
Sybil Andrews Linocuts
A Complete Catalogue
Born in Bury St Edmunds in 1898, Sybil Andrews worked as a welder during the First World War and her formal art training only began after 1918, first at Heatherley School of Fine Art in London, then at the new Grosvenor School where, along with Andrew Power and Claude Flight, she developed a dynamic, expressive and abstract style. After a biographical essay, this volume reproduces all 87 of Andrew’s linocuts, including the famous Speedway (1934) and In Full Cry (1931).
Landscape and the Life of Objects
Paul Nash (1889–1946) is now recognized as a major British artist, who drew on Modernism and Surrealism to create a distinctive vision of the English landscape. Illustrated with 100 colour images, this survey of his life and work assesses the impact his time as a war artist had on him, explores his work as a book illustrator, and considers what his poetry and other writing reveals about his personal mythology.
An Edinburgh Scot, Paolozzi studied during the Second World War at the Edinburgh College of Art, St Martin’s and the Slade. Best-known today for his metal sculptures, including a number of large-scale public commissions, his most significant early works were, by contrast, collages of commercially printed material that influenced the development of British pop art. This comprehensive appraisal of his output dedicates a chapter to each aspect of his artforms, including sculpture, collage, printmaking, ceramics, tapestry and film.
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 Private Painter
Best known as a furniture designer and architect, Irish-born Eileen Gray was a pioneer of Art Deco in the Paris of the 1920s and a follower and associate of Le Corbusier, among other luminaries of the period. This collection of her private and essentially unknown artworks was assembled for an exhibition at London’s Osborne Samuel Gallery in 2015 and comprises drawings, paintings, collages and photographs made between the 1920s and the 1950s.
Crime and the Art Market
In this study, Riah Pryor, a former researcher for New Scotland Yard’s Art and Antiquities Unit, examines criminal activity linked to the art market and considers how far the market, with its culture of secretive practice and huge financial transactions, is itself responsible for accommodating art crime. Among the topics discussed are Nazi art theft, forgery, pillaging of cultural heritage in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the agencies tackling the criminals.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
‘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.
Stories of Botanical Exploration
From the curative powers of cinchona bark in ancient Peru, to the introduction of lilium regale to Western gardens, this illustrated volume celebrates the investigation, appreciation and exploitation of plants through the ages, the lives and adventures of the plant-hunters, and the books that document their discoveries.
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.
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.