• Memoirs
      February 2017

      The Secret Lives of Ceramics

      The Stories Behind our Favourite Family China

      by Molly Hatch

      Curated and illustrated by American artist and ceramicist Molly Hatch, this beautifully produced book explores the intimate family stories revealed by single, treasured pieces from our tables and shelves. Each exquisite artwork is combined with the tale of the dish, whether it be a rescued, chipped milk jug or a gold-plated platter. Drawn from kitchens across America, the UK, Europe and Asia, as well as her own, Molly evokes different cultures and past eras, as well as detailing the personal history behind potteries and patterns. Throughout the pages there is a pervading joy and generosity; a love of gatherings and family, of patterns and china. The Secret Life of Ceramics is a book for anyone who has cherished their grandmother’s dinner service, admired cracked plates just for their pattern and memories, or asked for the story behind a beloved object.

    • Individual artists, art monographs
      April 2015

      This is Cézanne

      by Jorella Andrews, Patrick Vale

      Paul Cézanne challenged convention and pioneered new possibilities in painting. He was remarkable for his ability to perceive and paint aspects of everyday life in ways that revealed dynamic yet deeply harmonious visions of the world. But the intellectual and emotional difficulties of his achievements were considerable. Mainly self-taught, most of his career was plagued by rejection. The critics, and the public, disliked his paintings, and in 1884 Cézanne declared that Paris, the centre of the nineteenth-century art world, had defeated him. Repeatedly, he retreated into self-doubt and bad temper. This book follows Cézanne on his extraordinary artistic journey, focusing on his formative discoveries, made not in the flashy, fashionable metropolis of Paris but in provincial and rural France, often in isolation.

    • Individual artists, art monographs
      October 2014

      This is Gauguin

      by George Roddam

      Paul Gauguin created some of the most advanced art in a brilliant generation of artists – all of whom struggled against the stifling conformity of the late 19th century's artistic mainstream. He created paintings whose radically simplified lines and colours echoed the unschooled art of the rustic and native cultures he loved. After his famously disastrous stay with Vincent van Gogh in southern France, Gauguin escaped European civilization for the Polynesian islands. Immersing himself in the culture, he produced a series of radiant canvases and powerful sculptures – his last great works. From his childhood in Peru to his experiences in Tahiti, the story of Gauguin's life is recounted in authoritative text by an expert on the Post-Impressionists and compelling imagery by an award-winning illustrator.

    • Individual artists, art monographs
      October 2015

      This is Goya

      by Wendy Bird, Sarah Maycock

      Modern art begins with Goya. He was the first to create works of art for their own sake, and he lived in a time of incredible cultural and social dynamism when the old concepts of social hierarchy were being shaken by the new concept of equality for all. He saw his world ripped apart by Napoleon's armies and then suffered the reactionary backlash as the old order was restored. Against this epic canvas, Goya painted his own observations of humanity, transforming his youthful images of gaily dancing peasants into his mature penetrating studies of human suffering, despair, perseverance and redemption. Goya's art rises above the chaos of his times, and signals the real revolution of personal expression and independent spirit that would be the generative force behind the modernist movement in art.

    • Individual artists, art monographs
      September 2015

      This is Kandinsky

      by Annabel Howard, Adam Simpson

      Intellectual, emotional, restless, dogged, loyal, selfish; Kandinsky was an artist – and a man – of contradictions. This genre-defying painter didn’t pick up a brush until he was thirty years old. He was an academic with a promising career that he threw away to explore the arts. He was a Russian, yet he spent more than half of his life on the road, and died in self-imposed exile in France. As an artist he is credited with history’s first abstract painting, but it was his theories that had a profound and lasting impact on the way that people understand and value what art can achieve. Richly illustrated with specially commissioned artworks and 20 of Kandinsky’s major works, This is Kandinsky forms the perfect introduction to the life of this revolutionary figure in twentieth-century art.

    • Individual artists, art monographs
      April 2015

      This is Matisse

      by Catherine Ingram, Agnès Decourchelle

      In the history of twentieth century modernism, Henri Matisse is a calm and unstoppable revolution of creative genius. Trained originally in the French classical manner, he was inspired by the Impressionists and Cézanne to create in a style that brought out the beauty of colour, form and line by reducing them to their essentials. While considered a leader of the Fauves and an inspiration to most of the great figures in modern art, he wasn't interested in being associated with any school or trend. A family man who worked 'office hours' in his studio, he defies the image of the artist as enfant terrible or tortured soul. In a career spanning six decades, he produced masterpiece after masterpiece that constantly challenge how we perceive colour and form.

    • Individual artists, art monographs
      September 2015

      This is Monet

      by Sara Pappworth, Aude Van Ryn

      Claude Monet is best known as a leader of the Impressionists, his paintings defining the style that triggered a revolution in art. During the eighty-six years of his life, Monet never rested, and was always driven by the urge to paint. And more than two thousand paintings survive from six highly creative decades. Despite being a celebrity among France's political and cultural elite, Monet never became complacent. Even in his seventies and eighties he was still producing paintings that astounded the art world. Monet's work remains highly influential – his abstraction, gestural strokes and expressive colour capturing the imagination of generation after generation of artists.

    • Individual artists, art monographs
      April 2015

      This is Van Gogh

      by George Roddam, Sława Harasymowicz

      Vincent van Gogh used art to express his intensely emotional response to the world around him. Enraptured by the beauty of nature and tormented by the sorrows of human existence, he produced in his tragically short life some of the most powerfully expressive paintings ever seen. Many have made the mistake of thinking him mad, and he did suffer throughout his life periods of mental anguish. But Van Gogh's paintings are not the works of a madman. Van Gogh famously sold only one painting during his life, but within a few years of his death he was recognized as one of the greatest modern painters.

    • Painting & paintings
      February 2004

      Zelotti's Epic Frescoes at Cataio

      The Obizzi Saga

      by Irma B. Jaffe, with Gernando Colombardo

    • Painting & paintings
      October 2007

      New York's Golden Age of Bridges

      Commemoration, Religion, and Responsibility After Hiroshima

      by Paintings by Antonio Masi, Essays by Joan Marans Dim, Foreword by Harold Holzer

    • Painting & paintings

      The Black Cot

      by Shani Rhys James

      The first monograph published on Shani Rhys James, winner of the Jerwood Prize in 2003. Lavishly illustrated with up to 50 colour reproductions of major oil paintings, including her latest work to be shown in a major one-person exhibition touring Britain in 2004. Includes full biographical and career details of the artist, an introduction by Geraint Talfan Davies, present chair of the Arts Council of Wales and a major essay by eminent art critic Edward Lucie Smith, placing the artist's work in the context of late 20th century and early 21st century visual art.

    • History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -

      From Africa to Iceland

      A Visual Celtic Voyage

      by John Rogers

    • History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -

      Kyffin Williams

      Painting the Mountains

      by Carolyn. Davies

    • Drawing & drawings

      Kyffin Williams

      Drawings.

      by Kyffin Williams

    • Drawing & drawings

      Josef Herman in Wales

      Artpack

      by Carolyn. Davies

    • History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -

      Portraits

      by Kyffin Williams

    • Painting & paintings

      Thomas Baxter

      The Swansea Years, 1816-1819 : A Study of the Artist's Ceramic and Topographical Work at Swansea With a Survey of His Life and Its Background

      by John O. Wilstead

    • Biography: general

      William Nicholson, Painter

      Paintings, Woodcuts, Writings, Photographs

      by Andrew Nicholson

      William Nicholson (1872-1949), who is known by many for his early woodcuts and the radical posters of the Beggarstaff Brothers in the 1890s, has become recognized as one of the foremost English artists of his time for the whole range of his work. His haunting downland landscapes. his remarkable still lifes, which capture light and colour in an entirely fresh way, and the varied portraits by which he mainly earned his living, form the core of his output and have become greatly prized. This book, compiled by two grandsons, Andrew and Tim Nicholson, is with its representative selection of his pictures the first to do justice to the extraordinary diversity of William Nicholson's oeuvre.;It provides at the same time a documentary account of William Nicholson's life, using contemporary records, articles and reminiscences, and above all quoting extensively from the numerous letters William wrote to his family and friends, many of them to his son Ben Nicholson, and from the letters they wrote to him as well. The majority are from private sources and have never appeared in print before. What emerges in this unique and beautifully illustrated volume is a highly detailed and most appealing portrait of the man and the artist.;What he painted, why and for whom; what spurred him on to experiment and artistic adventure; how he fared in times of elation and anguish; how he combined the serious playfulness of his vision with a deep affection for nature; and how he collaborated with some of the leading men of his day, among them Rudyard Kipling, J.M. Barrie, William Orpen, Edwin Lutyens, Robert Graves, his son-in-law, and Winston Churchill -- all this is revealed, and much more.;William Nicholson, Painter includes 126 colour plates of his oil paintings and 281 black and white reproductions and photographs.

    • Painting & paintings

      Vermeer

      by Lawrence Gowing

      "Vermeer" is considered by some to be one of the most profound books ever written on the artist. The text has been updated for this third edition to appear in paperback. The volume also includes an essay on Vermeer, "Counterfeiter of Grace", written by the author shortly before his death in which he sums up current Vermeer research. All the illustrations used have been newly reproduced for the reissue of this classic work in the field of art history.

    • History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -

      Walls That Speak

      The Murals of John Thomas Biggers

      by Ollie Jensen. Theisen

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