The Fauvist Revolution: How Colour Became King
Freed from the strict technique advocated by the École des Beaux-Arts, they used blocky colours as their main resource, saturating their stunning paintings. The author invites us to experience this vivid artistic evolution that, although encompassing a short amount of time, left its mark on the path to modernity.
The Art of the Shoes – A 40.000 year History
Illustrated with an iconography that is exceptional both for its aestheticism and the pieces chosen, this book is a reference for historians, sociologists and for the fashion victims and designers…
Ivan Aivazovsky and the Russian Painters of Water
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.
The Enigmatic Genius of Johannes Vermeer: Unlocking the Secrets of a Master Painter
Vermeer 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.
Schiele: Sex, Introspection and Breaking Taboos
Egon Schiele’s work is so distinctive that it resists categorisation. Admitted to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts at just sixteen, he was an extraordinarily precocious artist, whose consummate skill in the manipulation of line, above all, lent a taut expressivity to all his work.
Exploring the Beauty and Sensuality of the Human Form: Erotic Photography
The very first images are only of landscapes or reproductions of objects. It was very difficult to photograph nudes or take portraits given that a posing time of several minutes was required. However, this duration was reduced to tens of seconds shortly after. While the process became international, France retained its hegemony particularly with regards to erotic photography, which appeared immediately. The first nudes must have been taken as early as 1840.
Art Nouveau – The marvels of joaillerie, bijouterie, silver, glass, mosaics and ceramics
Born in reaction to the Industrial Revolution and to the creative vacuum it left behind, Art Nouveau was at the heart of a “renaissance” in the decorative arts.
Utamaro – Pictures of the floating world
The coloured prints of Utamaro are, as Edmond de Goncourt wrote, a “miracle of art” in which he brought these impressions to an absolute and unsurpassable degree of perfection. The influence of Utamaro, Hiroshige and other masters of Ukiyo-e* revolutionised the sense of colour in the world of art.
Hiroshige – One of the the most famous Japanese artistic productions
The art of the Ukiyo-e reflected the artistic expression of an isolated civilisation which, when it became accessible to the West, significantly influenced a number of European artists. The three masters of Ukiyo-e: Hokusai, Utamaro and Hiroshige, are united here for the first time to create a true reference on Japanese art.
The Culture and Art of the Ancient Tribes of Siberia
Written with remarkable passion, Art of Siberia compellingly describes the lives of the men and women who first conquered these vast lands and then struggled desperately to preserve their traditions.
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