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Art Deco

by Victoria Charles & Klaus H. Carl Parkstone International (January 04, 2012)

Art Deco style was established on the ashes of a disappeared world, the one from before the First World War, and on the foundation stone of a world yet to become, opened to the most undisclosed promises. Forgetting...


Surrealism

by Nathalia Brodskaïa Parkstone International (August 11, 2005)

Surrealists appeared in the aftermath of World War I with a bang: revolution of thought, creativity, and the wish to break away from the past and all that was left in ruins.This refusal to integrate into the...


The Pre-Raphaelites

by Robert de la Sizeranne Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

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...


Expressionism

by Ashley Bassie Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Emil Nolde, E.L. Kirchner, Paul Klee, Franz Marc as well as the Austrians Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele were among the generation of highly individual artists who contributed...


The Viennese Secession

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

A symbol of modernity, the Viennese Secession was defined by the rebellion of twenty artists who were against the conservative Vienna Künstlerhaus' oppressive influence over the city, the epoch, and the whole...


The Fauves

by Nathalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (January 15, 2012)

Born at the dawn of the 20th century, Fauvism burst onto the artistic scene at the 1905 Salon d'Automne with great controversy by throwing bright, vibrant colours in the face of artistic convention. Fuelled...


Post-Impressionism

by Nathalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Whilst Impressionism marked the first steps toward modern painting by revolutionising an artistic medium stifled by academic conventions, Post-Impressionism, even more revolutionary, completely liberated colour...


Impressionism

by Nathalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

“I paint what I see and not what it pleases others to see.” What other words than these of Édouard Manet, seemingly so different from the sentiments of Monet or Renoir, could best define the Impressionist...


Cubism

by Guillaume Apollinaire & Dorothea Eimert Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon: five young women that changed modern art forever. Faces seen simultaneously from the front and in profile, angular bodies whose once voluptuous feminine forms disappear behind asymmetric...


The Nabis

by Albert Kostenevitch Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Pierre Bonnard was the leader of the group of post-impressionist painters who called themselves “the Nabis”, from the Hebrew word for “prophet”. Influenced by Odilon Redon, Puvis de Chavannes, popular...


The Arts & Crafts Movement

by Oscar Lovell Triggs Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” This quote alone from William Morris could summarise the ideology of the Arts & Crafts movement, which triggered...


Symbolism

by Nathalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Symbolism appeared in France and Europe between the 1880s and the beginning of the 20th century. The Symbolists, fascinated with ancient mythology, attempted to escape the reign of rational thought imposed by...


Russian Avant-Garde

by Evgueny Kovtun Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

The Russian Avant-garde was born at the turn of the 20th century in pre-revolutionary Russia. The intellectual and cultural turmoil had then reached a peak and provided fertile soil for the formation of the...


Art Nouveau

by Jean Lahor Parkstone International (May 11, 2001)

Art Nouveau gives a name to the decorative and architectural style developed in the 1880s and 1890s in the West. Born in reaction to the Industrial Revolution and to the creative vacuum it left behind, Art Nouveau...


Bauhaus

by Michael Siebenbrodt & Lutz Schöbe Parkstone International (August 11, 2005)

The Bauhaus movement (meaning the “house of building”) developed in three German cities - it began in Weimar between 1919 and 1925, then continued in Dessau, from 1925 to 1932, and finally ended in 1932-1933...


Pre-Raphaelites

by Robert de la Sizeranne Parkstone International (February 15, 2014)

In the Victorian era, England - swept along by the Industrial Revolution, the Pre-Raphaelite fold, William Morris, and the Arts and Crafts movement - aspired to return to traditional values. Wishing to resurrect...


Form and Sense

by Wolfgang Paalen, Martica Sawin & Deborah Rosenthal Arcade (June 04, 2013)

Wolfgang Paalen was a central figure in internationalist surrealist circles in the late 1930s. Artist and intellectual, he was a European whose fascination with archaic cultures led him finally to Mexico, where...


Impressionism

by Natalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

Impressionism has always been one of the public's favourite styles of art and Impressionist works continue to enchant beholders with their amazing play of colours and forms. This book offers a well-chosen selection...


Art Nouveau

by Jean Lahor Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

Ever since its triumph at the Paris Universal Exposition, Art Nouveau has continued to inspire artists. The movement offered an artistic response to the industrial revolution and the creative vacuum left in...


Tom Thomson: Design for a Canadian Hero

by Joan Murray Dundurn (October 01, 1998)

Joan Murray's intimate biography details the life and work of Tom Thomson.


The New Vision: Fundamentals of Bauhaus Design, Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture

by László Moholy-Nagy & Daphne M. Hoffmann Dover Publications (February 15, 2012)

This book, a valuable introduction to the Bauhaus movement, is generously illustrated with examples of students' experiments and typical contemporary achievements. The text also contains an autobiographical...


Mexican Painters: Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros, and Other Artists of the Social Realist School

by MacKinley Helm Dover Publications (February 14, 2012)

Definitive introduction to art and artists of Mexico during great artistic movements of the '20s and '30s. Discussion of Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros, Galvan, Cantú, Meza, many others. History, tradition, social...


Doré's London: All 180 Illustrations from London, A Pilgrimage

by Gustave Doré Dover Publications (March 28, 2012)

All drawings from the 1872 classic, including perceptive sketches of workaday London, thieves gambling, flower girls, waifs and strays, prisoners in the Newgate exercise yard, and a wedding at the Abbey.


Constellation of Genius

by Kevin Jackson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 16, 2013)

Ezra Pound referred to 1922 as Year One of a new era. It was the year that began with the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses and ended with the publication of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, two works that were...


Morris Graves: His Houses, His Gardens

by Richard Svare Process (October 07, 2013)

A delightful look at the unique residences bulity by the famed co-founder of the Northwest School of Art


Frida Kahlo

by Gerry Shouter Parkstone International (October 24, 2016)

Behind Frida Kahlo's portraits, lies the story of both her life and work. It is precisely this combination that draws the reader in. Frida's work is a record of her life, and rarely can we learn so much about...


Claude Monet: Vol 1

by Nathalia Brodskaïa & Nina Kalitina Parkstone International (December 31, 2015)

With Impression, Sunrise, exhibited in 1874, Claude Monet (18401926) took part in thecreation of the Impressionist movement that introduced the 19th century to modern art. All his life, he captured natural movements...


O'Keeffe

by Janet Souter Parkstone International (August 21, 2015)

In 1905 Georgia travelled to Chicago to study painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1907 she enrolled at the Art Students' League in New York City, where she studied with William Merritt Chase. During...


1000 Masterpieces of Decorative Art

by Victoria Charles Parkstone International (November 24, 2014)

From ancient Sumerian pottery to Tiffany stained glass, decorative art has been a fundamental part of the human experience for generations. While fine art is confined to galleries and museums, decorative art...


Pre-Raphaelites

by Robert de la Sizeranne Parkstone International (June 12, 2014)

In the Victorian era, England - swept along by the Industrial Revolution, the Pre-Raphaelite fold, William Morris, and the Arts and Crafts movement - aspired to return to traditional values. Wishing to resurrect...


Pascin

by Alexandre Dupouy Parkstone International (June 12, 2014)

Today still considered a "Bad Boy", Pascin was a brilliant artist who lived and worked in the shadow of contemporaries such as Picasso, Modigliani, and several others. A specialist of the feminine form, his...


Paul Klee

by Paul Klee Parkstone International (May 08, 2012)

An emblematic figure of the early 20th century, Paul Klee participated in the expansive Avant-Garde movements in Germany and Switzerland. From the vibrant Blaue Reiter movement to Surrealism at the end of the...


Art Deco

by Victoria Charles & Klaus H. Carl Parkstone International (January 05, 2012)

Art Deco style was established on the ashes of a disappeared world, the one from before the First World War, and on the foundation stone of a world yet to become, opened to the most undisclosed promises. Forgetting...


American Realism

by Gerry Souter Parkstone International (May 08, 2012)

Urban realism, snow-covered streets of New York, boxing matches, children on the banks of a river, the painters of the Ash Can School preferred realistic images. Their paintings are a true hymn to noise and...


Gustave Courbet

by Georges Riat Parkstone International (May 08, 2012)

Ornans, Courbet's birthplace, is near the beautiful valley of the Doubs River, and it was here as a boy, and later as a man, that he absorbed the love of landscape. He was by nature a revolutionary, a man born...


William Morris

by Arthur Clutton-Brock Parkstone International (May 08, 2012)

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...


Edward Hopper Light and Dark

by Gerry Souter Parkstone International (May 08, 2012)

In his works, Hopper poetically expressed the solitude of man confronted with the American way of life as it developed in the 1920s. Inspired by the movies and particularly by the various camera angles and attitudes...


Pollock

by Donald Wigal Parkstone International (May 08, 2012)

Born in 1912, in a small town in Wyoming, Jackson Pollock embodied the American dream as the country found itself confronted with the realities of a modern era replacing the fading nineteenth century. Pollock...


Lempicka

by Patrick Bade Parkstone International (May 08, 2012)

The smoothly metallic portraits, nudes and still lifes of Tamara de Lempicka encapsulate the spirit of Art Deco and the Jazz Age, and reflect the elegant and hedonistic life-style of a wealthy, glamorous and...


Antoni Gaudí

by Jeremy Roe Parkstone International (May 08, 2012)

Spanish architect and designer, Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) was an important and influential figure in the history of contemporary Spanish art. His use of colour, application of a range of materials and the introduction...


Bonnard and the Nabis

by Albert Kostenevitch Parkstone International (May 08, 2012)

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...


Malevich

by Gerry Souter Parkstone International (May 08, 2012)

Pioneer of geometric abstract art and one of the most important members of the Russian Avant-garde, Malevitch experimented with various modernist styles. In reaction to the influence of Cubism and Futurism on...


Rivera

by Gerry Souter Parkstone International (May 08, 2012)

They met in 1928, Frida Kahlo was then 21 years old and Diego Rivera was twice her age. He was already an international reference, she only aspired to become one. An intense artistic creation, along with pain...


The Life and Masterworks of Salvador Dalí

by Eric Shanes Parkstone International (May 08, 2012)

Painter, designer, creator of bizarre objects, author and film maker, Dalí became the most famous of the Surrealists. Buñuel, Lorca, Picasso and Breton all had a great influence on his career. Dalí's film,...


Surrealism

by Nathalia Brodskaïa Parkstone International (May 08, 2012)

Surrealists appeared in the aftermath of World War I with a bang: revolution of thought, creativity, and the wish to break away from the past and all that was left in ruins.This refusal to integrate into the...


The Pre-Raphaelites

by Robert de la Sizeranne Parkstone International (January 05, 2012)

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...


Expressionism

by Ashley Bassie Parkstone International (January 05, 2012)

Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Emil Nolde, E.L. Kirchner, Paul Klee, Franz Marc as well as the Austrians Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele were among the generation of highly individual artists who contributed...


The Viennese Secession

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (January 05, 2012)

A symbol of modernity, the Viennese Secession was defined by the rebellion of twenty artists who were against the conservative Vienna Künstlerhaus' oppressive influence over the city, the epoch, and the whole...


The Fauves

by Nathalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (January 16, 2012)

Born at the dawn of the 20th century, Fauvism burst onto the artistic scene at the 1905 Salon d'Automne with great controversy by throwing bright, vibrant colours in the face of artistic convention. Fuelled...


Post-Impressionism

by Nathalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (January 05, 2012)

Whilst Impressionism marked the first steps toward modern painting by revolutionising an artistic medium stifled by academic conventions, Post-Impressionism, even more revolutionary, completely liberated colour...