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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...


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


Francis Bacon

by Michael Peppiatt Skyhorse (September 01, 2009)

Francis Bacon was one of the most powerful and enigmatic creative geniuses of the twentieth century. Immediately recognizable, his paintings continue to challenge interpretations and provoke controversy. Bacon...


Hitler's Last Hostages

by Mary M. Lane PublicAffairs (September 09, 2019)

Adolf Hitler's obsession with art not only fueled his vision of a purified Nazi state--it was the core of his fascist ideology. Its aftermath lives on to this day.

Nazism ascended by brute force and by cultural...


The Art of Looking

by Lance Esplund Basic Books (November 26, 2018)

A veteran art critic helps us make sense of modern and contemporary art

The landscape of contemporary art has changed dramatically during the last hundred years: from Malevich's 1915 painting of a single black...


Derridada: Duchamp as Readymade Deconstruction

by Thomas Deane Tucker Lexington Books (September 26, 2008)

Derridada explores the affinities between the work of Marcel Duchamp and the discipline of deconstruction. It is the first text to explore Duchamp's work in the context of the theories of Derrida and deconstruction....


Billion Dollar Painter

by G. Eric Kuskey, Jim Meskimen & Bettina Gilois Blackstone Publishing (September 09, 2014)

The unbelievable true story of artist Thomas Kinkade,self-described "Painter of Light," and the dramatic rise--and fall--of hisbillion-dollar gallery and licensing business

He was just one man, but Thomas Kinkade...


The Painted Word

by Tom Wolfe & Harold N. Cropp Blackstone Publishing (December 01, 1998)

No one skewers thepopular movements of American culture like Tom Wolfe. In 1975, he turned hissatirical pen to the pretensions of the contemporary art world, a world ofsocial climbing, elitist posturing, and...


De Kooning's Bicycle

by Robert Long & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Some of the twentieth century’s most important artists and writers—from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Fairfield Porter to Jean Stafford—lived and worked on the East End of Long Island. The home they...


Think Like an Artist

by Will Gompertz Abrams Image (April 11, 2016)

From international bestselling author Will Gompertz, Think Like an Artist is a guide to increasing creativity and productivity with help from some of the greatest artists throughout history.

 

How do artists...


The Beautiful Brain

by Larry W. Swanson, Eric Newman, Alfonso Araque & Janet M. Dubinsky Abrams (January 16, 2017)

At the crossroads of art and science, Beautiful Brain presents Nobel Laureate Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s contributions to neuroscience through his groundbreaking artistic brain imagery.

 

Santiago Ramón y...


Vincent van Gogh

by 50Minutes 50Minutes.com (November 25, 2018)

Keen to learn but short on time? Find out everything you need to know about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh in just 50 minutes with this straightforward and engaging guide!

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch...


Rogues' Gallery

by Philip Hook The Experiment (October 31, 2017)

Here for the first time is the history of art dealers, those extraordinary men and woman who, over centuries (and almost entirely out of the public eye), built their profession on a singular skill: identifying...


Christian Krohg's Naturalism

by �ystein Sj�stad University of Washington Press (November 09, 2017)

The Norwegian painter, novelist, and social critic Christian Krohg (1852�1925) is best known for his highly political paintings of workers, prostitutes, and Skagen fishermen of the 1880s and for serving as...


Hitler's Last Hostages

by Mary M. Lane PublicAffairs (April 02, 2019)

The ambitious, riveting story of Hitler's obsession with art, how it fueled his vision of a purified Nazi state, and the fate of the artwork that was hidden, stolen, or destroyed to "cleanse" German culture

The...


The Hundred Headless Woman

by Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning & André Breton Dover Publications (October 23, 2017)

Originally published in Paris in 1929, this collage novel by avant-gardist Max Ernst constitutes a seminal 20th-century work of art. The artist's striking combinations of engravings from Victorian-era books...


The Colors of Catalonia: In the Footsteps of Twentieth-Century Artists

by Virginie Raguenaud GemmaMedia (April 20, 2012)

Catalonia boasts an extraordinary cultural heritage. Its lively Mediterranean villages have inspired artists such as Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, Pablo Picasso, George Braque, Salvador Dali, and many others....


Modernism versus Traditionalism

by Gretchen K. McKay, Nicolas W. Proctor & Michael A. Marlais Reacting Consortium Press (March 01, 2018)

Modernism vs. Traditionalism: Art in Paris 1888-1889 considers questions surrounding artistic developments at the end of the nineteenth century in Paris. Students will debate principles of artistic design in...


Bloomsbury Scientists

by Michael Boulter UCL Press (September 25, 2017)

Bloomsbury Scientists is the story of the network of scientists and artists living in a square mile of London before and after the First World War. This inspired group of men and women viewed creativity and...


Mirror of the Marvelous

by Pierre Mabille & André Breton Inner Traditions (April 10, 2018)

A surrealist exploration of the marvelous in ancient, classic, and modern works from around the world

• Long considered one of the most significant and original books to have come out of the surrealist movement...


Visualizing the Text: From Manuscript Culture to the Age of Caricature

by Christina Ionescu, Lauren Beck, Swann Paradis & Michiel van Groesen et al. University of Delaware Press (June 01, 2017)

This volume presents in-depth and contextualized analyses of a wealth of visual materials. The images included in the book provide readers with a mesmerizing and informative glimpse into how the early modern...


Aesthetics of Negativity: Blanchot, Adorno, and Autonomy

by William S. Allen Fordham University Press (April 01, 2016)

A rigorous and many-layered study of the works of Blanchot and Adorno in terms of the relation between negativity and autonomy in the work of art with particular reference to literature, which yields a thinking...


Portrait Stories

by Michal Peled Ginsburg Fordham University Press (December 15, 2014)

What makes stories about portraits so gripping and unsettling? Through close readings of nineteenth-century portrait stories from different literary traditions, the book analyzes the way subjectivity is produced...


A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil

by Max Ernst & Dorothea Tanning Dover Publications (June 15, 2017)

In the course of browsing an illustrated book of objects—umbrellas, watches, tools, clothes—artist Max Ernst was struck by the items' unusual juxtapositions. By manipulating the Victorian-era engravings...


Form as Revolt

by Sebastian Zeidler Cornell University Press and Cornell University Li (January 22, 2016)

The German writer and art critic Carl Einstein (1885–1940) has long been acknowledged as an important figure in the history of modern art, and yet he is often sidelined as an enigma. In Form as Revolt Sebastian...


Reframing Decadence

by Peter Jeffreys Cornell University Press (September 30, 2015)

During his sojourn in England during the 1870s, a young Cavafy found himself enthralled by the aesthetic movement of cosmopolitan London. It was during these years that he encountered the canvases and personalities...


The total work of art in European modernism

by David Roberts Cornell University Press and Cornell University Li

In this groundbreaking book, David Roberts sets out to demonstrate the centrality of the total work of art to European modernism since the French Revolution. The total work of art is usually understood as the...