By Alexander Stepanov
POD ISBN: 9781646994274
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Lucas Cranach (1472-1553) was one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, as shown by the diversity of his artistic interests as well as his awareness of the social and political events of this time. He developed a number of painting techniques which were afterwards used by several generations of artists. His somewhat mannered style and spending palette are easily recognized in numerous portraits of monarchs, cardinals, courtiers and their ladies, religious reformers, humanists and philosophers. A part of the Great Painters Collection, translated from the Russian by Paul Williams. 109 full color plates and numerous black and white and two-color illustrations interspersed by text. Includes a chronological table of the work of Cranach and his notable contemporaries.

By Veretta Cobler
POD ISBN: 9781646991389
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

 

À la fin des années 1970, Veretta Cobler explore avec son appareil photo le véritable monde de la nuit new-yorkaise, dans lequel se mêlent gays, drag-queens et jeunesse huppée. Cet univers interlope saisi sur le vif offre une image extravagante et bigarrée de New York. Ces photos reportages sont le témoignage d’une époque encore épargnée par la tragédie du sida qui allait bientôt endeuiller cette génération underground.

By Veretta Cobler
POD ISBN: 9781646991372
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

 

In the late 1970s, with only her Hasselblad and a telephoto lens, Veretta visited many of New York City’s infamous nightclubs and captured the erotic energy of the peak disco era. Culled from over one thousand images, this collection of black and white photos is an entertaining, often breathtaking documentary of a unique moment in our history.

Remington
By Emerson Hough & Frederic Remington
POD ISBN: 9781646991334
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

Frederic Remington (1861-1909) was one of the last American artists to offer his contemporaries a vision of the American Old West, that wild terrain with its immense prairies, herds of bison and the last American Indians. A painter, but above all an illustrator popular in his time, Remington skilfully captivated the public’s attention by presenting a realistic view of this primitive way of life on the brink of submitting to invading civilisation. Authentically capturing its roughness, force and also its colours, Remington quickly became the representative of American painting in the eyes of the world. Though he mainly concentrated on the attitudes of his characters and animals and not on his landscapes, his photographic style, with a nearly impressionist touch, renewed a genre and lent an added realism to his subjects. Painter and sculptor, Remington also knew how to sculpturally express the ardour of these strong men and wild animals battling with the evolution of a new continent. The galloping horse, still recognized today as his signature subject, magnificently illustrates the power of freedom emanating from these masterpieces.

Edward Hopper - pod
By Gerry Souter
POD ISBN: 9781646991877
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages
 

In his works, Hopper poetically expressed the solitude of man confronted to the American way of life as it developed in the 1920s. Inspired by the movies and particularly by the various camera angles and attitudes of characters, his paintings expose the alienation of mass culture. Done in cold colours and inhabited by anonymous characters, Hopper’s paintings also symbolically reflect the Great Depression.

Through a series of different reproductions (etchings, watercolours, and oil-on-canvas paintings), as well as thematic and artistic analysis, the author sheds new light on the enigmatic and tortured world of this outstanding figure.

Edward Hopper
By Gerry Souter
POD ISBN: 9781646992324
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages
In his works, Hopper poetically expressed the solitude of man confronted to the American way of life as it developed in the 1920s. Inspired by the movies and particularly by the various camera angles and attitudes of characters, his paintings expose the alienation of mass culture. Done in cold colours and inhabited by anonymous characters, Hopper’s paintings also symbolically reflect the Great Depression. Through a series of different reproductions (etchings, watercolours, and oil-on-canvas paintings), as well as thematic and artistic analysis, the author sheds new light on the enigmatic and tortured world of this outstanding figure.
Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (1887-1918)
By Pedro Lapa
POD ISBN: 9781646994151
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Emporté prématurément par la maladie, cet artiste avant-gardiste encore peu connu laissa quelque cent-cinquante toiles et reste considéré comme l’un des plus grands artistes portugais de sa génération.

Pedro Lapa est le directeur artistique du Musée Coleção Berardo et est également professeur à la Faculté de Lettres de l’Université de Lisbonne, où il a obtenu son doctorat en Histoire de l’Art. Il a organisé de nombreuses expositions parmi lesquelles « Picabia » au Centre Culturel de Belém, à Lisbonne en 1997 ; « Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso », au Musée Pouchkine, à Moscou en 2003 ; « James Coleman », au Musée National d’Art Contemporain à Lisbonne, en 2004 ; « Cinco Pintores da Modernidade Portuguesa » (« Cinq peintres de la modernité portugaise ») à La Fondation Caixa Catalunga, à Barcelone, ainsi qu’au Musée d’Art Moderne de São Paulo. Il est aussi le co-auteur d’un catalogue raisonné dédié à l’œuvre de Joaquim Rodrigo paru en 1999 et a publié de nombreux ouvrages sur l’art moderne et contemporain. Parmi les plus récents : Pedro Barateiro, Fictionnalising the Object et Creating Other Links, publiés aux éditions Bom Dia Books en 2015, ainsi que History and Interregnum: Three Works by Stan Douglas, paru la même année aux éditions Archive Books.

By Newell Convers Wyeth
POD ISBN: 9781646991457
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Newell Convers, called N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945) has been cherished by generations of book lovers thanks to his illustrations of all-time classics such as Treasure Island, Robin Hood, and Robinson Crusoe. As one of the greatest illustrators in American history, he fashioned the way we imagine Long John Silver or Little John up to this day. In contrast to his achievements in book illustration, his painting is often overlooked. His Realist style has been carried on by his son Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) and his grandson Jamie Wyeth (1946-).

James Mcneill Whistler
By Patrick Chaleyssin
POD ISBN: 9781646995486
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Whistler’s work can be divided into four periods. The first was a research period in which the artist was influenced by the Realism of Gustave Courbet and by Japanese art. Whistler then discovered his own originality in the Nocturnes and the Cremorne Gardens series, thereby coming into conflict with the academics who wanted a work of art to tell a story. When he painted the portrait of his mother, Whistler entitled it Arrangement in Gray and Black, and this is symbolic of his aesthetic theories.

By John Shannon Hendrix
POD ISBN: 9781646994243
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

This book explains and celebrates the richness of English churches and cathedrals, which have a major place in medieval architecture. The English Gothic style developed somewhat later than in France, but rapidly established its own architectural and ornamental codes. The author, John Shannon Hendrix, classifies English Gothic architecture in four principal stages: the Early English Gothic, the Decorated, the Curvilinear, and the Perpendicular Gothic. Several photographs of these architectural testimonies allow us to understand the whole originality of Britain during the Gothic era, in Canterbury, Wells, Lincoln, York, and Salisbury. English Gothic architecture is a poetic one, speaking both to the senses and to the spirit. 

Medieval Art in the Christian West
By Klaus H. Carl, Victoria Charles
POD ISBN: 9781646991785
185 x 230 mm – 396 pages

September 4, 476 A. D. marked the end of the Western Roman Empire. After several centuries of prosperity, Europe sank into chaos. With Charlemagne, a new dynamic begins that of a civilising reconstruction. The Romanesque period is part of the rediscovery of this Roman Empire, lost in memories, but living on in the architectural testimonies of the cities and the countryside. In art history, Romanesque art refers to the period between the beginning of the 11th and the end of the 12th century. This era was characterised by a great diversity of regional schools, each practising their own unique style. In architecture as well as in sculpture, Romanesque art is marked by raw forms. Through its rich iconography and captivating text, this work endeavours to restore the importance of this art which is often overshadowed by the later Gothic style.

Gothic art is defined by the powerful architecture of the cathedrals of northern France. It is a medieval art movement that evolved throughout Europe over 200 years. Abandoning curved Roman forms, the architects started using flying buttresses and pointed arches to open cathedrals to daylight. A period of great economic and social change, the Gothic era incorporated new iconography celebrating the Holy Mary — a drastic contrast  to the dismal themes of Roman times. Full of rich changes in all of the various art forms (architecture, sculpture, painting, etc.), Gothic art paved the way for the Italian Renaissance and the International Gothic movement.  

By Victoria Charles
POD ISBN: 9781646991495
195 x 238 mm – 256 pages

Covering 27 museums throughout 27 European capitals, here you can discover some of the most beautiful museum collections in Europe, their creation, and the story of their acquisitions led by the most well-known curators and art enthusiasts. Additionally, it highlights the various cultural policies and points of view concerning the promotion of artistic heritage in Europe. The most emblematic European museums are presented along with some well-kept and fascinating secrets, such as in Nicosia of Cyprus and Sofia in Bulgaria.

By Robert de la Sizeranne
POD ISBN: 9781683259336
205 x 260 mm – 72 pages

In Victorian England, with the country swept up in the Industrial Revolution, the Pre-Raphaelites, close to William Morris’ Arts and Crafts movement, yearned for a return to bygone values. Wishing to revive the pure and noble forms of the Italian Renaissance, the major painters of the circle such as John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt, in opposition to the academicism of the time, favoured realism and biblical themes over the affected canons of the 19th-century. This work, with its captivating text and rich illustrations, describes with enthusiasm this singular movement which notably inspired Art Nouveau and Symbolism.

l'art gothique -pod
By Victoria Charles, Klaus H. Carl
POD ISBN: 9781683259237
205 x 260 mm – 72 pages

Développé à travers l’Europe pendant plus de 200 ans, l’art gothique est un mouvement qui trouve ses racines dans la puissante architecture des cathédrales du nord de la France. Délaissant la rondeur romane, les architectes commencèrent à utiliser les arcs-boutants et les voûtes en berceau brisé pour ouvrir les cathédrales à la lumière. Période de bouleversements économiques et sociaux, la période gothique vit aussi le développement d’une nouvelle iconographie célébrant la Vierge, à l’opposé de la thématique terrifiante de l’époque romane. Riche de changements dans tous les domaines (architecture, sculpture, peinture, enluminure, etc.), l’art gothique s’effaça peu à peu face à la Renaissance italienne.

By Robert de la Sizeranne
POD ISBN: 9781646995349
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

In Victorian England, with the country swept up in the Industrial Revolution, the Pre-Raphaelites, close to William Morris’ Arts and Crafts movement, yearned for a return to bygone values. Wishing to revive the pure and noble forms of the Italian Renaissance, the major painters of the circle such as John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt, in opposition to the academicism of the time, favoured realism and biblical themes over the affected canons of the 19th-century. This work, with its captivating text and rich illustrations, describes with enthusiasm this singular movement which notably inspired Art Nouveau and Symbolism.

By Elie Faure, Klaus H. Carl
POD ISBN: 9781683259244
205 x 260 mm – 76 pages

Greek art, at the very moment that it was breaking up in depth, was scattering over the whole material surface of Hellenic antiquity. After the movement of concentration that had brought to Athens all the forces of Hellenism, a movement of dispersal began, which was to carry from Athens to southern Italy, to Sicily, to Cyrenaica, Egypt, the Islands, and Asia Minor the passion and, unfortunately, the mania, for beautiful things—in default of creative genius. Dilettantism and the diffusion of taste multiply and at the same time weaken talent. It is the Hellenistic period, perhaps the richest in artists and in works of art that history has to show, but possibly, also, one of the poorest in power of emotion.

The ideal of the Greek is wisdom. He also has a strong feeling for what is just, but what is beautiful and what is true is to the same degree the object of his passion. He finds in each of these ideas the echoes of the other two, and completes, tempers, and broadens each one through the others. Phidias is in Pythagoras, and Socrates is in Phidias.

The “Greek miracle” was necessary. The whole ancient world had prepared, had willed its coming. During the fruitful silence when the Dorians were “accumulating within themselves the strength of their soil, Egypt and Assyria kept their lead. But they were discouraged and stricken by the cold of age. They were to become the initiators of the Hellenic Renaissance, as they had been the guides for the childhood of the peoples of the Archipelago. Greek Art, the perfume of the Greek soul, is preserved until our time, through Pompeii.

By Jennifer Margell
POD ISBN: 9781646995288
215 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Encaustic painting is one of the world’s most venerable art forms, having been practised consistently around the world since the ancient Egyptians first used it to decorate sarcophagi, and enjoying continuing popularity in the modern era with artists such as Paul Klee and Diego Rivera. In this new text, Jennifer Margell offers readers a comprehensive introduction to the technique, featuring instructive how-tos for encaustic art beginners, revealing interviews with some of the most celebrated practitioners of the medium, and a gallery featuring one of the largest published collections of encaustic art.

By Henri Hymans
POD ISBN: 9781683259312
205 x 260 mm – 72 pages

Ce qui caractérise la peinture française sous le Second Empire, entre les deux Révolutions de 1848 et de 1870, c’est le triomphe du réalisme. Il nous faut donc définir ce terme lancé par l’écrivain Champfleury. Esthétiquement parlant, le réalisme est le contraire de l’idéalisme et consiste à reproduire les choses telles qu’elles sont, sans prétendre les épurer, les ennoblir ou les embellir par le travail de l’esprit. L’artiste ne doit représenter que ce qu’il a vu. 

 

D’un point de vue historique, le réalisme nous apparaît avant tout comme une réaction contre les excès du romantisme. Courbet et après lui les impressionnistes ne se soucient plus d’évoquer par le pinceau les scènes de la légende et de l’histoire ou d’illustrer les visions des poètes : leur seule ambition est de peindre leur temps. Le chef de file de ce mouvement était sans conteste Gustave Courbet,  suivi par des peintres aussi prestigieux que Jean-Baptiste Corot, Honoré Daumier , Henri Fantin-Latour, Édouard Manet et Jean-François Millet dont les œuvres sont à classées dans le réalisme social.

By Klaus H.Carl
POD ISBN: 9781646995424
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

La peinture académique désigne la peinture créée sous l’influence de l’Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture inaugurée en 1648. Philippe de Champaigne, peintre académique majeur du XVIIe siècle français, a dispensé plusieurs conférences à ce sujet. Elles sont illustrées par de nombreuses peintures, du XVIIe siècle à la fin du XIXe siècle. Ces discours ont permis de fixer les canons de l’Académie, dont les caractéristiques sont la pureté, l’harmonie et la simplicité. Ces mêmes lignes directrices se retrouvent dans les pays d’Europe qui voient apparaître des Académies au cours des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles (Académie de Saint-Luc à Rome, Royal Academy of Arts à Londres par exemple). Cette peinture atteint son paroxysme à la fin du XIXe siècle, avec les peintres dits « pompiers » qui, appliquant fidèlement les règles classiques, affrontent l’approche moderne des impressionnistes.

By William Hogarth
POD ISBN: 9781646991327
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

William Hogarth wrote his Analysis of Beauty in 1753, during the Age of Enlightenment. Through this captivating text, he tends to define the notion of beauty in painting and states that it is linked, per se, to the use of the serpentine lines in pictorial compositions. He calls it the “line of beauty”. His essay is thus dedicated to the study of the composition of paintings, depending on the correct use of the pictorial lines, light, colour, and the figure’s attitudes. These timeless concepts have been applied by several artists through the centuries. Paintings from every period have here been chosen to support this demonstration. They allow us to explore the various manners in which beauty can be expressed in painting. 

TS German Painting
By Klaus H.Carl
POD ISBN: 9781646991730
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

In a country only unified since 1871, the German culture and art derived from ancient tradition. Studying German painting requires viewing it on a different scale, larger than the current geographical frontiers. From the early Renaissance through the Expressionism of the 20th century, we introduce you to the German artists who have marked history: Albrecht Dürer, the Romantic Caspar David Friedrich, and the Expressionist Otto Dix. German painting, original in its themes, is always harmony-seeking, yet inquisitive.

Naive art - pod
By Nathalia Brodskaia, Viorel Rau
POD ISBN: 9781683259275
205 x 260 mm – 72 pages
 

Naive art first became popular at the end of the 19th-century. Until that time this form of expression, created by untrained artists and characterised by spontaneity and simplicity, enjoyed little recognition from professional artists and art critics. Influenced by primitive arts, naive painting is distinguished by the fluidity of its lines, vivacity, and joyful colours, as well as by its rather clean-cut, simple shapes.

Naive art is represented by such artists as Henri Rousseau, Séraphine de Senlis, André Bauchant, and Camille Bombois. This movement has also found adherents abroad, including such prominent artists as Joan Miró, Guido Vedovato, Niko Pirosmani, and Ivan Generalic.

By Nathalia Brodskaia
POD ISBN: 9781646995318
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Naive art first became popular at the end of the 19th-century. Until that time this form of expression, created by untrained artists and characterised by spontaneity and simplicity, enjoyed little recognition from professional artists and art critics. Influenced by primitive arts, naive painting is distinguished by the fluidity of its lines, vivacity, and joyful colours, as well as by its rather clean-cut, simple shapes.

Naive art is represented by such artists as Henri Rousseau, Séraphine de Senlis, André Bauchant, and Camille Bombois. This movement has also found adherents abroad, including such prominent artists as Joan Miró, Guido Vedovato, Niko Pirosmani, and Ivan Generalic.

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