Constable
By Barry Venning
POD ISBN: 9781646991945
215.9 x 270 mm – 208 pages

John Constable (1776–1837) is arguably one of England’s best loved artists; his fame and popularity are rivalled only by those of his great contemporary, J M W Turner. Turner, his reputation rests on a handful of very well known paintings, usually Suffolk scenes such as Flatford Mill or Hay-Wain. Many of the magisterial productions of his last years, including Hadleigh Castle and The Opening of the Waterloo Bridge, are a far cry from the Suffolk scenes, whilst his accomplishments in the difficult and competitive genre of marine painting have been consistently undervalued.
Barry Venning’s introduction presents Constable’s background, his family life, his education and the early friendships from which he drew patronage, support and advice. Barry Venning discusses the artist’s relationship with the great tradition of European landscape painting and examines the historical and cultural context within which Constable lived and worked.

Bonnard
By Albert Kostenevitch
POD ISBN: 9781646991853
215.9 x 270mm – 208 pages

Pierre Bonnard was the leader of a group of post-impressionist painters who called themselves the Nabis, from the Hebrew word meaning ‘prophet’. Bonnard, Vuillard, Roussel and Denis, the most distinguished of the Nabis, revolutionized the spirit of decorative techniques during one of the richest periods in the history of French painting. Influenced by Odilon Redon and Puvis de Chavannes, as well as by popular imagery and Japanese etchings, this post-impressionist group was, above all, a close circle of friends who shared the same cultural background and interests. An increasing individualism in their art often threatened the group’s unity, and although tied together by a common philosophy, their work clearly diverged. This publication lets us compare and put into perspective the artists within this fascinating group.

The works presented in this collection offer a palette of extraordinary poetic expressions: candid in Bonnard, ornamental and mysterious in Vuillard, gently dream-like in Denis, grim and almost bitter in Vallotton. The author shares with us the lives of these artists to the very source of their creative gifts.

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.

Robert Delaunay
By Vicky Carl
POD ISBN: 9781646991471
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages
 

 

The French painter Robert Delaunay (1885-1941) revolutionised the use of colour in art. Influenced by the French master Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), close friends with the French poet Apollinaire (1880-1918) and admired by the German painter Paul Klee (1879-1940), he founded the Orphism art movement together with his wife Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) in the early 1910s. Geometric shapes and bright colours marked his way to a unique form of Abstractionism that earned him a place among the greatest artistic minds of the first half of the 20th century.

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.
The Life and Masterworks of Salvador Dalí
By Eric Shanes
POD ISBN: 9781646992331
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages
 

Salvador Dalí was one of the most popular painters of the twentieth century. Paintings such as The Persistance of Memory and Soft Construction with Boiled Beans — Premonition of Civil War have achieved the status of classic images, for in his best works Dalí touched upon universal and timeless human experiences.

In The Life and Masterworks of Salvador Dalí, Eric Shanes explores the rise and fall of Dalí, setting his art in the context of his life and paying special attention to Dalí’s most important years: the late 1920s and the 1930s. Then Eric Shanes perceptively analyses the 149 works reproduced in colour that, along the commentaries, fully reveal the range of Dalí’s invention and vision. World’s leading authorities on J.M.W. Turner, vice-president of the Turner Society and founding editor of Turner Studies, Eric Shanes has written books on several twentieth century artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Andy Warhol or David Hockney. He is also the author of a work on the history and the heritage of Pop Art, published by Parkstone International.

Antoni Gaudí
By Eric Shanes 
POD ISBN: 9781646992317
215.9 x 270 mm – 239 pages
 

Spanish architect and designer Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) is an important and influential figure in the history of Spanish art. His use of colour, application of different materials and introduction of movement in his constructions were an innovation in the realm of architecture. In his journal, Gaudí freely expressed his own feelings on art, “the colours used in architecture have to be intense, logical and fertile.”

The author, Jeremy Roe, is interested in a wide range of photography and architectural detail. This interest drives the author and enables him to reveal the context of the art of Barcelona while he guides us through an introduction to Antoni Gaudí, master of some of the most famous constructions, design objects and greatest works in Spanish architecture. This book offers a great insight into Gaudí’s work.

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.

Felix Vallotton - pod
By Nathalia Brodskaïa
POD ISBN: 9781646991891
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Félix Vallotton (1865-1925) was a French artist active at the turn of the century, who was celebrated for the exquisitely balanced beauty of his work. Although he is best known for his striking and elegantly composed Japanese-inspired woodblock prints, Vallotton was also a skilled painter, creating works that arrestingly combined technical perfection with emotional realism. This seminal text provides readers with a fascinating assessment of the career of this revolutionary artist.

By Klaus H. Carl, Franz Marc
POD ISBN: 9781646991426
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Franz Marc (1880-1916) was a key figure in the German Expressionist movement of the early 20th century. Marc was a founding member of the expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter along with other great artists of the time: Wassily Kandinsky, August Macke, and Alexej von Jawlensky. A brilliant use of colour along with stark futurist and cubist styles create the distinct qualities that make Marc a master of modern art. Symbolising masculinity, femininity, and violence among his calm and bucolic animal subjects, Marc’s unique and creative use of colour and meaning will forever have a firm place in art history.

By Grigori Sternine, Elena Kirillina
POD ISBN: 9781646991433
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Ilya Répine était un peintre et sculpteur russe connu pour son appartenance au groupe des Ambulants. Ce courant d’avant-garde se rebella contre le formalisme et le conformisme de l’Académie des beaux-arts et proclama les idéaux de liberté, d’égalité et de fraternité. Les plus puissantes œuvres de Répine sont étonnantes de profondeur psychologique (Ivan le Terrible et son fils Ivan le 16 novembre 1581). Il mit également en évidence, dans ses toiles, les tensions sociales de son temps (Les Bateliers de la Volga). Ce livre vous invite à découvrir ce peintre réaliste et progressiste dont les splendides œuvres d’art ont influencé le mouvement artistique socialiste russe.

By Grigori Sternine, Elena Kirillina
POD ISBN: 9781646992188
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Ilya Repin was a leading Russian painter and sculptor who is most famous for his involvement with the Russian Itinerant movement. These avant-garde artists rebelled against the formalism and tradition of the official Academy of Fine Arts and championed the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. Repin’s most powerful works expressed great psychological depth and exposed tensions within the social order of his time.

This book invites you to discover the wonderful artworks of this progressive Realist painter, whose work would eventually come to define and influence social artistic movements of the future.

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By Alexei Fiodorov-Davydov
POD ISBN: 9781646991419
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Isaac Levitan was one of the greatest landscape painters of the nineteenth century not only in Russian, but in European art as well. He created works of undying artistic merit. His art is for all time and for all people because it absorbed into itself the woes, the joys and the social realities of its age, because it converted that which men lived by into sublime works of art and translated the author’s emotions into lyrical images of his native land. At the end of the nineteenth century the landscape was one of the foremost genres in Russian painting. It was this influence that shaped Levitan’s art, an art fully and by right symbolic of the finest achievements of Russian landscape painting.

Aivazovsky - pod
By Victoria Charles
POD ISBN: 9781646991778
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

The seascapes of Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900) made his name in Russia, his native country where he was a painter of the court of Nicholas I, yet his fame barely extended beyond these borders. Master of the Sublime, he made the ocean the principal subject of his work. Sometimes wild and raging, sometimes calm and peaceful, the life of the ocean is composed of as many allegories as the human condition. Like Turner, whom he knew and whose art he admired, he never painted outside in nature, nor did he make preliminary sketches; his paintings were the fruit of his exceptional memory. With more than 6,000 canvasses, Aivazovsky was one of the most prolific painters of his time.

By Émile Gebhart
POD ISBN: 9781646991860
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Renaissance alongside Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Favouring feminine portraits, Botticelli stands apart through the finesse of his lines and the unbridled sensuality of his paintings. Between religious and private commissions, this Florentine artist introduced the profane into art through works of complex mythological subjects, such as the incontrovertibly masterful Primavera and The Birth of Venus, and knew how to delight the erudite patrons of art. The Madonna of the Magnificat remains one of the most beautiful depictions of the Virgin ever achieved.

Between the delicacy of the Renaissance and the exuberance of Mannerism, the richness and refinement of the works of Botticelli are the magnificent legacy of a master.

Serov - pod
By Dmitri V. Sarabianov
POD ISBN: 9781646991440
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Les artistes moscovites qui commencèrent à se diriger vers l’Impressionnisme aux environs de 1880 admiraient les œuvres du jeune Serov, ses paysages bucoliques qui révélaient si clairement le lyrisme des événements modestes de la vie quotidienne. Ayant bénéficié de l’instruction de ses professeurs Répine et Tchistiakov, il devint le meilleur portraitiste russe de sa génération. Son talent est évident dans certaines de ses plus belles peintures, comme La Jeune Fille aux pêches ou Ulysse et Nausicaa. L’expérience et le travail créatifs de Serov permirent à la peinture russe de faire partie intégrante de l’art pictural du xxe siècle.

Mucha - pod
By Patrick Bade, Victoria Charles
POD ISBN: 9781646992157
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Born in 1860 in a small Czech town, Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) was an artist on the forefront of Art Nouveau, the modernist movement that swept Paris in the 1910s, marking a return to the simplicity of natural forms, and changing the world of art and design forever. In fact, 

Art Nouveau was known to insiders as the “Mucha style” for the legions of imitators who adapted the master’s celebrated tableaux. Today, his distinctive depictions of lithe young women in classical dress have become a pop cultural touchstone, inspiring album covers, comic books, and everything in between. Patrick Bade and Victoria Charles offer readers an inspiring survey of Mucha’s career, 

illustrated with over one hundred lustrous images, from early Parisian advertisements and posters for Sarah Bernhardt, to the famous historical murals painted just before his death, at the age of 78.

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By Nina Kalitina, Nathalia Brodskaia
POD ISBN: 9781646992164
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

For Monet, the act of creation was always a painful struggle. His obsession with expressing emotions and his desire to transmit light effects over nature were much more intense than his contemporaries. In his words: “Skills come and go… Art is always the same: a transposition of Nature that requests as much will as sensitivity. I strive and struggle against the sun… should as well paint with gold and precious stones.”

Munch - pod
By Ashley Bassie, Elizabeth Ingles
POD ISBN: 9781646992171
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Edvard Munch (1863-1944), a Norwegian painter involved in Expressionism, was so attached to his work that he called his paintings his children, which is rather unsurprising given that they were deeply personal. Indeed, Munch expressed much of his own inner turmoil through his art, particularly in the earlier part of his career. He painted not what he saw, but what he felt when he saw it, allowing his morbidity and illness to imbue his paintings with a sombre tone. These darker paintings, including his famous The Scream, endured and would greatly influence German Expressionism.

By Victoria Charles, Irina Shuvalova
POD ISBN: 9781646991884
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Russian countryside is some of the world’s most lovely, from the celebrated explosions of wildflowers that fill its forests in the spring, to the icy winter tundra that defeated the advances of Napoleon and Hitler and provided the backdrop for the drama of many of Russian literature’s celebrated scenes. No one immortalised it better than Ivan Shishkin (1832-1898), the landscape painter who captured the poetry and majesty of the Russian countryside in a non-replicable way. In this comprehensive work of scholarship, Irina Shuvalova and Victoria Charles make a thorough examination of Shishkin’s work.

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By Evan Charteris
POD ISBN: 9781646992195
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was born in Florence. His paintings carry the mark of his privileged upbringing; the influence of Florence, the struggle between nature and culture – from rolling landscapes to galleries filled with masterpieces – as well as the constant opportunity to partake in intellectual and artistic discussions all played an important role in his training and therefore in his art. Sargent was an American but many considered him a citizen of the world. At the exception of a few visits back to his native country, he spent the majority of his life abroad and was particularly influenced by European art. However, his American roots remain visible in his art, most notably in his extraordinary talent for capturing emotions, as well as in his personality, and in the delicacy of his technique; qualities which to this day still characterise the great American artists.

By Esther Selsdon, Jeanette Zwingerberger
POD ISBN: 9781646992201
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Egon Schiele (1890-1918) is one of the great Expressionist painters. He was taught by Gustav Klimt, and at a very early age, like his Viennese Secession predecessors, broke with the traditions of official Austrian art. His numerous self-portraits and nude models remained consistent throughout his career in keeping with his erotic, sensual and tormented visions of art. The paintings and text included in this book display the extraordinary talent of this artist who, sadly, died of Spanish influenza at the age of twenty-eight in Vienna.

By Dmitri V. Sarabianov
POD ISBN: 9781646992218
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

The Moscow artists who began to move towards Impressionism in the 1880s admired the works of the young Serov, particularly his pastoral landscapes that so clearly revealed the lyricism of modest events in daily life.

Benefiting from the instruction of his teachers, Repin and Tchistiakov, he became the finest Russian portrait artist of his generation. His skill is evident in some of his most beautiful paintings, Girl with Peaches and Ulysses and Nausicaa.

Serov’s creative work and experience paved the way for Russian painting to play a more important role in pictorial art in the 20th century.

By Klaus H. Carl
POD ISBN: 9781646992225
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), the unconventional and controversial painter of Belorussian origin, combines influences of classical European painting with Post-Impressionism and Expressionism. As a member of the ‘Artists from Belarus’, a group within the Parisian school, he created an oeuvre mainly consisting of landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. His individual style, characterised by displays of humour and despair, and by the use of luminous colours, makes him a modern master who is still little understood.

In this engaging text, established artist biographer Klaus H. Carl explores the difficult life of an artist whose fascinating work owes much to the struggles he faced with enduring determination.

By Michail Uspenski
POD ISBN: 9781646991792
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

If the lovely ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ should, during one of those volcanic throes which threaten her extinction, sink forever beneath the depths of ocean, she would still live for us through the magic brush of Hiroshige. 

Gazing at his landscapes, our imagination takes us to a land of rain showers and sunsets – a fairy scene, where the rainbow falls to earth, shattered into a thousand prisms – where water softly flows towards the horizon.

Considered as the last Ukiyo-e master, Hiroshige was able to use the richness of colours to offer the viewer a sparkling vision of legendary Japan, thanks to his meticulous descriptions of well-known places.

By Edmond de Goncourt
POD ISBN: 9781646991808
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

Katsushika Hokusai is without a doubt the most famous Japanese artist known in the Western world since the middle of the nineteenth century.

Reflecting the artistic expression of an isolated civilisation, the works of Hokusai, one of the first Japanese artists to emerge in Europe, greatly influenced the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists painters, such as Vincent van Gogh.

Considered during his life as a living Ukiyo-e master, Hokusai fascinates us with the variety and the significance of his work which spanned almost ninety years and is presented here in all its breadth and diversity.

By Edmond de Goncourt
POD ISBN: 9781646991815
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

If sensuality had a name, it would be without doubt Utamaro. Delicately underlining the Garden of Pleasures that once constituted Edo, Utamaro, by the richness of his fabrics, the swanlike necks of the women and the mysterious looks, evokes in a few lines the sensual pleasure of the Orient. If some scenes discreetly betray lovers’ games, a great number of his shungas recall that love in Japan is first and foremost erotic.

Beyond the joys of the city, he explores the sobriety of nature with an equal simplicity, evoking evening snows and the evanescence of the moon. With unparalleled finesse his brush reveals in just a few strokes all the refinement of the Kano-  school. 

Edmond de Goncourt, by bringing the beauty of the Japanese master’s art into light, invites the reader to discover the world within these artworks whose codes and nuances appear at first glance elusive. Through its selection of magnificent prints, this introductory work summons us into the reposeful garden of Aphrodite while discovering, or rediscovering, Japanese art.

By Victoria Charles
POD ISBN: 9781646992232
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Van Gogh’s life and work are so intertwined that it is difficult to distinguish the two. While observing his paintings, we see a panorama of his life story – a narrative that is now considered a legend. Van Gogh represents the embodiment of a suffering, misunderstood martyr of modern art and is an emblem of the unconventional artist.

dada - pod
POD ISBN: 9781683259190
205 x 260 mm – 72 pages

Dada shocked the world between the years 1916 and 1922. Dada was not an art movement in the normal sense. It was a storm that broke over the art scene of the time, as the war upon the peoples. They consciously staged anti-art events. According to Max Ernst, it was the ‘outbreak of anger and zest for life’ at the same time. The indignation about the monstrous genocide during World War I was great and equally at the ‘civilization that had brought it about.’ Dada was an international uprising.

The war radically changed the art scene in the vibrant cities of Europe. The international links that had brought forth artistic masterpieces, primarily between France, Italy, Germany and Russia, were abruptly torn apart. The intellectual elite that had stayed at home and those who had come back from the war sobered sought new ways to express their experiences and insights. Among the contributors were Duchamp, Picabia, Taeuber-Arp, Man Ray, Schwitters and Arp.

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By Victoria Charles, Anatoli Podoksik
POD ISBN: 9781646991846
215.9 x 270 mm – 512 pages

Few people discuss the fact that Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was the most important artist of the 20th century. Born in Malaga, Spain, Picasso revealed his genius at a very early age and was quick to make contact with the most advanced art circles of his time, first in Barcelona and later in Paris. In the modernist quest for novelty, Picasso turned to pre-Modern history and ‘primitive’ art for inspiration. We owe him and his colleague Georges Braque the invention of Cubism, not just one of many avant-garde movements but the aesthetic that would change the art of painting forever. Once free from traditional values, Picasso produced an outstanding oeuvre, both in terms of variety and quality.

Victoria Charles received her PhD in art history. She has published extensively on art history and has contributed to Art Information, an international guide to contemporary art. She is a regular contributor to journals and magazines, Victoria Charles recently contributed to a collective work, World History of Art.

Peter Paul Rubens
By Maria Varshavskaya, Xenia Yegorova
POD ISBN: 9781646994144
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Universally celebrated for his rosy and concupiscent nudes, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was an artist whose first concern was sensuality in all its forms. This Baroque master devoted himself to a lifelong celebration of the joys and wonders of the physical realm, abandoning strict societal injunctions against emotive and sensual portrayals of nudity. Instead, Rubens celebrated the human body, as he found it to be as lovely and natural as the many natural landscapes he painted as a young man. In a lushly illustrated text, María Varshavskaya and Xenia Yegorova explore the master at work, bringing a unique focus to Rubens’ life and work.

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.

The Life and Masterworks of J.M.W. Turner
By Eric Shanes
POD ISBN: 9781646994168
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

A true free radical of his era, J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) was known as ‘the painter of light’ and was a revelation for the Impressionist movement. This traveller-landscapist’s paintings intensified over time to definitively leave figurative reality behind, offering instead a luminous vision transfigured by nature. A visionary ahead of his time, his art was received with much controversy. In step with his life, his last years were
synonymous with self-denial for the benefit of his art, and upon his death he bequeathed over 20,000 works to the British state.

By Emile Michel, Victoria Charles
POD ISBN: 9781646994182
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

T he Brueghels, Pieter the Elder, Pieter Brueghel the Younger (“Hell Brueghel”) and Jan Brueghel the Elder (“Velvet Brueghel”), embody one of the largest dynasties of Flemish painting. Beyond their history, their masterworks bear witness to the priceless contribution of this family in the
evolution of northern European painting.

Refusing the canons of Italian mannerism, the masterworks printed here illustrate the artistic
independence of the Brueghels and the Flemish Renaissance. In popular and allegorical scenes, Pieter the Elder and his heirs denounce the daily preoccupations of the people and the general unrest due to the Spanish occupation.

Gustave Courbet
By Georges Riat
POD ISBN: 9781646994199
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

Born of both materialism and positivism, Gustave Courbet stands out as one of the most complex painters of the nineteenth century. Rejecting tradition, Courbet confronted the public with the truths of his time as he liberated painting from the rules of convention in both subject and style, and established himself as the leader of pictorial realism. This study of Courbet meticulously retraces historical accounts of his contemporaries including the praises and critiques inspired by this controversial painter. Through his astute research as an art historian, Georges Riat offers a new approach to the work of an artist who embodied the decisive break with academic painting.

Andrea Mantegna and the Italian Renaissance
By EJoseph Manca
POD ISBN: 9781646994205
215.9 x 270 mm – 208 pages

Mantegna was born in 1431. He trained in painting at the Padua School which Donatello and Paolo Uccello had previously attended. Even at a young age commissions for his work flooded in, as for the frescoes of the Ovetari Chapel in Padua. In a short space of time Mantegna found his niche as a modernist due to his highly original ideas, particularly the use of perspective in his works. His marriage with Nicolosia Bellini, the sister of Giovanni, paved the way for his entree into Venice. Mantegna reached an artistic maturity with his altarpiece of San Zeno. He remained in Mantua and became the artist for one of the most prestigious courts in Italy – the Court of Gonzague. Despite his links with Bellini and Leonardo da Vinci, Mantegna refused to adopt their innovative use of colour or leave behind his own technique of engraving. The Camera Picta is considered his most accomplished work.

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By Alfred Michiels
POD ISBN: 9781646994212
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

Presented as a minor artist for many years, Memling (c. 1433-1494) was not a court painter but a painter of the bourgeoisie. Forgotten during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Memling is today considered one of the greatest fifteenth-century Northern European painters, thanks to the perfect balance between realism and concern for idealisation in his portraits. His compositions, frequently diptychs, triptychs or altarpieces, display a virtuosity comparable to that of Van Eyck. His taste for detail and precise drawing as well as his technical mastery and sense of composition are brought together perfectly in such magnificent works as The Last Judgement, The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine and The Seven Joys of the Virgin. Using the most representative paintings of Memling’s œuvre, this work highlights, through the finesse of his subjects’ faces and the sobriety of their poses imposed by the canons of the time, the complex virtuosity of this important artist.

Michelangelo
By Eugene Müntz
POD ISBN: 9781646994229
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Michelangelo incarnates for us the “universal man” of the Italian Renaissance, and the quality and scope of his oeuvre is uncontested, not even by Leonardo da Vinci – works like his Pietà, David, and the Sistine Chapel frescos are the proof. How was he able, in so few years, to develop the methods behind a body of work worthy of his Greek predecessors? No-one has better examined the complexities of the man, the artist, and the age in which he lived than Eugene Müntz. His text, written in clear and pure style, is a literary work in itself, and it is accompanied here by illustrations of an exceptional quality.

By Carl Justi
POD ISBN: 9781646994250
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) is one of the world’s most famous artists. Representative of 17th-century European painting, he worked for the Spanish court and for the most important figures, completing numerous portraits. Yet, passionate about the human figure, his oeuvre also encompasses bodegónes, representations of daily life in the taverns and kitchens of Spain. Considered the father of Spanish painting, Velázquez inspired entire generations of the artists who followed him, including Picasso, Dalí, and Bacon. His mysterious painting Las Meninas, which contains the essence of his work, is still today an inexhaustible source for writing and research.

By Georges Clemenceau
POD ISBN: 9781646995301
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

« Ami lecteur, voilà pourquoi l’audace m’est venue de vous soumettre quelques aspects de Claude Monet. L’artiste a vécu un moment supérieur de l’art, et, par là même, de la vie. Il ne manquera pas de bons juges pour le dire. Mais c’est l’être humain que je cherche au-delà de l’artiste, l’homme qui, livré tout entier à ses impulsions les plus hautes, a osé regarder en face les problèmes de l’univers pour les aborder ensemble et les fondre dans le bloc esthétique d’une sensibilité affinée… »— Georges Clemenceau

Hieronymus Bosch
By Virginia Pitts Rembert
POD ISBN: 9781646995431
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Hieronymus Bosch was painting frightening, yet vaguely likeable monsters long before computer games were ever invented, often including a touch of humour. His works are assertive statements about the mental illness that befalls any man who abandons the teachings of Christ. With a life that spanned from 1450 to 1516, Bosch experienced the drama of the highly charged Renaissance and its wars of religion. Medieval tradition and values were crumbling, thrusting man into a new universe where faith lost some of its power and much of its magic. Bosch set out to warn doubters of the perils awaiting any and all who lost their faith in God. His favourite allegories were heaven, hell, and lust. He believed that everyone had to choose between one of two options: heaven or hell. Bosch brilliantly exploited the symbolism of a wide range of fruits and plants to lend sexual overtones to his themes, which author Virginia Pitts Rembert meticulously deciphers to provide readers with new insight into this fascinating artist and his works.

Caravaggio
By Félix Witting, M.L. Patrizi
POD ISBN: 9781646995448
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

It was not until the middle of the 20th century that Caravaggio (1571-1610), an Italian painter long considered controversial, was rediscovered. An advocate of Realism, this artist of the Counter-Reformation challenged the establishment and returned a sense of humanity to images of the saints. The sensuality he gave them went beyond veneration to create an ambiguous eroticism, which incurred the wrath of the Church. Paradoxical and violent, this painter of shadows illustrated with solemnity his debauched lifestyle and dissolute morals. With his invention of chiaroscuro, he made his blood-soaked impression on the history of art.

Edgar Degas
By Natalia Brodskaïa, Edgar Degas
POD ISBN: 9781646995462
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Degas was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing. His career was long and his style, unlike that of most famous artists who worked into their old age, never ceased developing. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism and is especially identified with the subject of dance (over half of his works depict dancers such as The Dance Class or the sculpture Little Ballet Dancer). These display his mastery in the depiction of movement, as do his less common themes of horse racing and female nudes (After the Bath). His portraits are considered to be among the finest in the history of art. His work was strongly influenced by Ingres and Delacroix combining the expressive qualities of Ingres with the colour of Delacroix.

Gustav Klimt
By Jane Rogoyska, Patrick Bade
POD ISBN: 9781646995493
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was one of the most influential artists at the end of the 19th century, and was the founder of the Viennese Secession movement. He used the movement to express his criticism of traditional art, which was characterised by its opposition to change and the refusal to succumb to a fixed vision of Modernism. Klimt took inspiration from the slow but unstoppable decline of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the multitude of cultures from which it was composed. He was an artist of great eroticism and sensuality, and, together with Kokoschka and Schiele, is one of the great masters of Expressionism. This book brings together Klimt’s finest paintings, along with a text that demonstrates the extraordinary eclecticism of this great artist.

Edouard Manet
By Emile Zola
POD ISBN: 9781646995509
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

L’œuvre de Manet contribua à l’apparition des mouvements d’avant-garde. Bien que de la même génération que Monet, Renoir et Sisley, il était pour eux un maître. La hardiesse de la peinture d’Edouard Manet, son indépendance vis-à-vis des canons académiques ouvrit de nouveaux horizons créatifs.

Cet ouvrage comporte deux parties : la première se compose de l’admirable texte d’Emile Zola qui parle tant de l’ami que de l’artiste et la seconde, écrite par Natalia Brodskaïa, conservatrice au musée de l’Ermitage de Saint-Pétersbourg, est plus scientifique.

La confrontation de ces deux approches laisse transparaître le modernisme d’Edouard Manet. 

By Georges Clemenceau
POD ISBN: 9781646995301
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

« Ami lecteur, voilà pourquoi l’audace m’est venue de vous soumettre quelques aspects de Claude Monet. L’artiste a vécu un moment supérieur de l’art, et, par là même, de la vie. Il ne manquera pas de bons juges pour le dire. Mais c’est l’être humain que je cherche au-delà de l’artiste, l’homme qui, livré tout entier à ses impulsions les plus hautes, a osé regarder en face les problèmes de l’univers pour les aborder ensemble et les fondre dans le bloc esthétique d’une sensibilité affinée… »— Georges Clemenceau

The ultimate book on Rembrandt
By Émile Michel
POD ISBN: 9781646995516
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

« Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) has long been considered one of the greatest artists in European history. His attention to detail, empathetic portrayals of his subjects’ emotions, and spectacular manipulation of light and shadow have launched a thousand imitations and homages, including best-selling novels, a recent TV series, and even a handful of popular films. His work is perennially popular with museums, historians, and the art-viewing public alike. Now, for the first time, this lovely text by Émile Michel is paired with carefully curated selections from Rembrandt’s portfolio to illuminate the history and work of this celebrated master of light. 

Auguste Rodin
By Rainer Maria Rilke
POD ISBN: 9781646995523
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Influenced by the masters of Antiquity, the genius of Michelangelo and Baroque sculpture, particularly of Bernini, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is one of the most renowned artists in history. Though Rodin is considered a founder of modern sculpture, he did not set out to critique past classical traditions. Many of his sculptures were criticised and considered controversial because of their sensuality or hyperrealist qualities. His most original works departed from traditional themes of mythology and allegory, and embraced the human body, celebrating individualism and physicality.

This book uncovers the life and career of this highly acclaimed artist by exploring his most famous works of art, such as the Gates of Hell, The Thinker and the infamous The Kiss.

Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
POD ISBN: 9781646995530
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian painter credited as being among the first to truly venture into abstract art. He persisted in expressing his internal world of abstraction despite negative criticism from his peers. He veered away from painting that could be viewed as representational in order to express his emotions, leading to his unique use of colour and form. Although his works received heavy censure at the time, in later years they would become greatly influential.

William Morris
By Arthur Clutton-Brock
POD ISBN: 9781646995554
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Through his eclecticism, William Morris (1834-1896) was one of the most emblematic personalities of the nineteenth century. Painter, architect, poet and engineer, wielding the quill as well as the brush, he jolted Victorian society by discarding standards established by triumphant industry. His commitment to the writing of the Socialist Manifesto was the logical result of the revolution he personified in his habitat, the form of his design and the colours he used. Forerunner of twentieth-century designers, he co-founded with John Ruskin the Arts and Crafts movement. As an independent man, William Morris led the way to Art Nouveau and later Bauhaus. Through the essential body of his written and visual work, Arthur Clutton-Brock’s masterwork deciphers the narrow relationship between ideals and creation, as well as between evolution and revolution.

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.

Elisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun
By W. H. Helm
POD ISBN: 9781646994175
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755-1842) was not only the rare woman of her time who integrated herself into the French Royal Academy of Painting, but also beloved portraitist to the aristocracy. Her paintings are testament to a key period of history: she was appointed painter and friend to Marie Antoinette before the French Revolution, and took flight across Europe before returning under the reign of Napoleon, all the while continuing to paint. Self-taught, Vigée-Lebrun knew how to get the best from her models, mastering painting effects to perfection and making use of a delicate and refined style.

Pablo Picasso
By Victoria Charles, Anatoli Podoksik
POD ISBN:  9781646993468
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

For many people, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was undoubtedly the most important artist of the 20th century. Born in Málaga, Spain, Picasso revealed his genius at a very early age and was quick to make contact with the most advanced art circles of his time, first in Barcelona and later in Paris. In the modernist quest for novelty, Picasso turned to pre-modern history and “primitive” art for inspiration. We owe him and his colleague Georges Braque the invention of Cubism, not just one of many avant-garde movements but the aesthetic that would change the art of painting forever. Once free from traditional values, Picasso produced an outstanding oeuvre, both in terms of variety and quality.

By Victoria Charles, Anatoli Podoksik
POD ISBN: 9781646993475
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

For many people, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was undoubtedly the most important artist of the 20th century. Born in Málaga, Spain, Picasso revealed his genius at a very early age and was quick to make contact with the most advanced art circles of his time, first in Barcelona and later in Paris. In the modernist quest for novelty, Picasso turned to pre-modern history and “primitive” art for inspiration. We owe him and his colleague Georges Braque the invention of Cubism, not just one of many avant-garde movements but the aesthetic that would change the art of painting forever. Once free from traditional values, Picasso produced an outstanding oeuvre, both in terms of variety and quality.

By Eric Shanes
POD ISBN: 9781646995455
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) is best known for his unique and striking style with an extraordinary repertoire reaching out across film, painting, photography, and sculpture. Whilst his name may be most commonly associated with Surrealism, Dalí consummately displayed mastery over such broad genres as classical, modernist, and Cubist styles. A crucial figure in art history, Dalí has inspired countless literary works and this edifying Best Of volume gives readers a fascinating insight into the life and career highlights of one of art’s most controversial and exciting pioneers.

Amedeo Modigliani
By Klaus H. Carl, Jane Rogoyska, Frances Alexander, D.H. Lawrence
POD ISBN: 9781646995547
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Equally famous for his masterful canvasses and tumultuous mental health, Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) was, in many ways, the prototypical tortured artist. A lifelong sufferer of painfully degenerative tuberculosis, Modigliani was famous for denying his disease with a frenzied bohemian lifestyle of hard drinking, drug abuse, and passionate love affairs. But at the same time, he managed to produce some of the modern movement’s most enduring masterpieces, and today his work sells for record-breaking sums whenever it comes up for auction. 

In this fascinating examination of Modigliani’s life and works, Klaus H. Carl, Frances Alexander, and Jane Rogoyska turn their penetrating gaze on this most enigmatic of artistic geniuses. Their insightful text is accompanied by extracts from D.H. Lawrence’s highly sensual novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, chosen to complement Modigliani’s art and to give a new perspective to it.

Galle
By Émile Gallé
POD ISBN: 9781646995479
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

An icon in the Art Nouveau movement, Émile Gallé (1846-1904) sought to portray the beauty and simplicity of nature in his glass art. His designs, referred to as “poetry in glass”, range from fine pottery and jewellery to furniture. Everything Gallé produced contains traces of his masterful technique which reflects his innovativeness as an artist and his skill as a designer. In this rich text, Gallé unravels the beauty and ingenuity found within his own work. 

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 Philip L. Hale
POD ISBN: 9781646991464
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Johannes Vemeer, a 17th-century artist, is recognised primarily for his genre scenes. Through meticulous precision in his paintings and drawings he achieves perfection and maximum impact. Unlike his predecessors, Vermeer used a camera obscura to bring even more perspective to his art in the most delicate of manners. He revolutionised the way in which we use and make paint and his colour application techniques predate some of those used by the impressionists nearly two centuries later. Girl with a Pearl Earring remains to this day his greatest masterpiece.

Nicholas Roerich
By Kenneth Archer
POD ISBN: 9781646993918
215.9 x 270 mm – 176 pages

Nicholas Roerich, with his huge and versatile talent, is one of the most interesting creative minds of the early 20th century. He was born in Saint Petersburg in 1874 and died in Kulu Valley (India) in 1947. After studying law and attending the Academy of Art, Nicholas Roerich developed a passionate interest in archaeology, a contribution that was acknowledged when he became a lecturer at the Russian Archaeological Society in 1900. His extensive travels in Europe, Russia, Asia and especially India were a source of inspiration wholly original and unique (for more than 7000 paintings). Roerich was also the author of the Pact which bears his name and which was designed to protect the cultural heritage in time of war. Moreover, he wrote numerous books and collections of poetry.

Nicolas Poussin
By Youri Zolotov, Natalia Serebriannaïa
POD ISBN: 9781646995769
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Nicolas Poussin (1594 – 1665) was undoubtedly a highly significant master of the historical genre. He shaped its aesthetics which, regrettably, subsequently became regarded as a set of hard-and-fast rules (a trap which the Russian followers of the founder of classicism also fell into). We know that Poussin attributed prime significance to the actual choice of matter for depiction, giving preference to subjects which provided food for profound thought.

Creatively reworking the aesthetic legacy of the Ancients, he introduced into the realm of painting the concept of the “modus” (mood of depiction), which established the functional unity of three components: the idea, the structure of the depiction, and its perception by the viewer. Composition assumed a predominant significance in his artistic system. In a letter of 1665, Nicolas Poussin put forward three main theses: firstly, painting is simply imitation; secondly, it aims to bring delight; Thirdly, the artist is endowed with a natural talent that no one can give him or deprive him of.

Piet Mondrian
By Virginia Pitts Rembert
POD ISBN: 9781646995752
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

Pioneer and leader of the abstract art movement, Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) was known for his straight lines and pure colours. Fascinated by the mathematical laws of the universe, this Dutch artist nourished his work with his scientific discoveries and created a new abstract language alongside his allies Wassily Kandinsky and Fernand Léger. As his investigations advanced, his works purified and intensified to the rhythm of the travels and encounters that he enjoyed. Recognised during his lifetime as the founder of an avant-garde movement, he propagated his knowledge and his artistic vision to illustrious architects and stylists and still today remains a cherished source of inspiration.

Canaletto
By Octave Uzanne
POD ISBN: 9781646995868
215.9 x 270 mm – 256 pages

Introduced to painting and perspective by his father, a theatre decorator, the Venetian Giovanni Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto (1697-1768), is best known for his vedute. Whilst the amateurs of his time brought back their landscape paintings as evidence of their travels in Italy, Canaletto became the incarnation of La Serenissima of the baroque period. A forerunner in his method of spacing out the different planes of his works, he embellished his pictures with details in order to better highlight the distances and used a camera obscura in the composition of his paintings. With the precision of the lines and the tonality of the palette, Canaletto’s paintings are still the most beautiful panoramas in the history of art. Over the course of this inspired, richly-illustrated text, Octave Uzanne shares with the reader his passion for this striking Venetian painter of the eitghteenth century.

Bakst
By Elisabeth Ingles
POD ISBN: 9781646996353
215.9 x 270 mm – 200 pages

At the beginning of the XXth century, there was an unprecedented explosion of creativity in all artistic fields. Overwhelming both Europe and North America, the Russian Ballet revolutionized theatrical design with their stage sets and their costumes that were ablaze with colour yet refind in effect, bearing much of the mystic of the Orient yet also visually influenced by the work of the Persian miniaturists. Together with Diaghilev, Léon Bakst showed himself to be the most talented of the theatre group designers of his time. The costumes he devised with exclusive art seemed to shimmer with a thousand colours. Dazzled by such powers of imagination, the author, Jean Cocteau, dedicated his book “Bonjour Monsieur Bakst” to him. The great contemporary composers Tchaïkovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky, among others, all had occasion to call upon his creative genius. Today, his designs remain very popular and may still be seen on stage scenes all over the world, admired by a public that remains as enthusiastic as ever.

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