Archive for the ‘Art books’


Auteur: Yori Moriarty

Editeur : PromoPress

Découvrez les riches significations cachées dans le monde énigmatique de l’irezumi.  Un catalogue et un voyage visuels à travers la culture japonaise du tatouage avec Yori Moriarty, disciple d’Horitoshi d’Osaka.

La relation intime du tatouage japonais avec le monde ténébreux des yakuzas a contribué à couvrir cette forme d’expression artistique d’un voile de mystère. Mais la culture de l’irezumi est profonde et riche en sens, en formes et en motifs qui sont passés de l’impression en couleur sur des blocs de bois à l’application sur la peau pour embellir et protéger. Cet ouvrage riche en illustrations révèle le sens et les secrets des motifs les plus importants du tatouage traditionnel japonais, comme les créatures mythologiques et surnaturelles, les animaux, les divinités bouddhistes, les fleurs et les personnages historiques, pour transformer cette forme d’art en chemin vers la connaissance et l’expression de soi. Les lecteurs découvriront l’origine et le sens de chaque représentation visuelle des thèmes les plus récurrents dans cet art. Ce livre commence avec un bref aperçu de l More …


Author : Christina Nielsen

Publisher : Paul Holberton

In the winter of 1903, shortly after the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum first opened to the public, John Singer Sargent used the Gothic Room of the museum as a studio. Among the portraits he painted was one of Isabella’s dear friends, Gretchen Osgood Warren. This finely illustrated gem of a publication explores these three remarkable friends: Isabella Stewart Gardner, the museum’s founder and patroness of the arts, John Singer Sargent, premier portrait painter and the museum’s first artist-in-residence, and Gretchen Osgood Warren, a highly accomplished Gilded Age woman.

The collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum includes an astonishing array of objects, including renowned paintings, rare books, sculpture, and decorative arts, as well as more personal items such as collected letters, Isabella’s own correspondence, and ephemera. Mirroring Isabella’s inimitable gallery installations, this publication uses both fine and decorative art, photographs, and correspondence to provide a snapshot in time of the first few years of the museum, in which the collection and its carefully curated spaces inspired new works of art.

As the museum’s first artist-in-residence, Sargent fulfilled Gardner’s hopes for a new kind of cultural institution in Boston, one that would inspire creativity, cultivate artistic talent, and bring joy to artists and amateurs alike. Sargent painted five portraits during his stay at the museum and John Templeman Coolidge, a friend of Gardner’s, captured Sargent at work in the Gothic Room in seven candid photographs. Cigarette in mouth, brush in More …


Author : David Boyd Haycock

Publisher : Paul Holberton publishing

Despite achieving extraordinary fame in his lifetime, when he was widely considered to be one the greatest living British artists and his drawings were thought by John Singer Sargent to be amongst the finest seen since the Renaissance, Augustus John has grown increasingly obscure. Augustus John: Drawn from Life seeks to restore this remarkable artist to his rightful place in the canon of British Art.

In the fi rst three decades of the 20th century Augustus John (1878-1961) was widely considered one of the greatest living British artists, famous almost as much for his extraordinary Bohemian lifestyle as for his outstanding portraits, etchings and drawings. John was born in Wales in 1878 and educated at the Slade School of Art in London in the 1890s, where the onus of teaching was on the daily life class and a close study of the Old Masters. He soon emerged as a wonderfully gifted draughtsman - indeed, the American painter John Singer Sargent would declare that John’s youthful drawings were amongst the finest seen since the Renaissance. Dividing his life between England, Wales and France, and reaching his prime in the years immediately before the outbreak of the Great War, by 1910 John would be likened to a British Gauguin, a More …


Publisher : Paul Holberton publishing

Celebrating the enduring British taste for collecting Dutch paintings from the long seventeenth century, this exhibition catalogue will explore why and how this particular type of art was desired, commissioned and displayed, through the consideration of Golden Age masterpieces from a number of National Trust houses.

This catalogue will be published to accompany the fi rst ever exhibition of Golden Age Dutch pictures in the collection of the National Trust, which will be shown at the Mauritshuis in The Hague, the Holburne Museum in Bath and at Petworth House in West Sussex (2018-19).

Celebrating the enduring British taste for collecting Dutch paintings from the long seventeenth century, the publication will explore why and how this particular type of art was desired, commissioned and displayed through the consideration of masterpieces from a number of National Trust houses. It will feature portraits, still lifes, religious pictures, maritime paintings, landscapes, genre paintings and history pictures, painted by celebrated artists such as Rembrandt, Lievens, Hobbema, Cuyp, De Heem, Ter Borch and Metsu, as well as less well-known artists such as De Baen and Van Diest. The National Trust has the largest collection of art in the British Isles, including many great masterpieces, amassed by key patrons and displayed in some of the country’s greatest houses. Dutch Golden Age pictures form an important part of this collection, and National Trust houses with particularly important collections of Dutch pictures include Ham House, Dyrham Park, Ascott, Upton House and Polesden Lacey. More …


Author :  Robert Wenley, Nina Cahill, Rosalie Van Gulick

Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing

Jan Steen (1626-1679) is widely admired as one of the most engaging and technically brilliant painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Accompanying an exhibition that is the first anywhere to be devoted to Steen’s Old Testament subjects, this publication takes as its focal point his magnificent Wrath of Ahasuerus (c.1668-70), one of the highlights of the Barber’s collection. The interconnections with Jewish history in Steen’s Old Testament scenes are explored, as well as the influence of Dutch theatre on his compositions, and the critical response to them since the seventeenth century.


Robert Wenley (Barber Institute of Fine Arts) explores the popularity of the story of Esther and other Old Testament subjects in Dutch culture - in plays as well as paintings - and the possibility of Jewish patrons for Steen’s Old Testament paintings.

Nina Cahill (National Gallery, London) puts forward new research about how Steen adopted the gestural language of contemporary Dutch theatre, amateur and professional, in order to represent the key figures in these scenes and to convey the pivotal dramatic moments. In some instances, Steen may have been quoting from an actual production of a play based on the Biblical story.

Rosalie van Gulick (formerly, The Maurtishuis, The Hague) considers how Steen’s Old Testament scenes have been received and understood over the years. She investigates how the apparent farcical character of these scenes has been understood over the centuries and why they have prompted adversely critical responses from some modern art historians.

Bibliographic Details:

Format (cm): 21*21

Pages: 84

ISBN: 978-1-911300-09-0



Author :  Karin Serres, Barnaby Wright, Merlin James

Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing

Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943) was one of the most significant modern painters in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. During this period, he produced a series of extraordinary portraits of cooks, waiters, bellboys and other staff from France’s golden age of grand hotels and fashionable restaurants. These paintings have long been considered some of the artist’s most iconic works. Soutine posed his sitters in their distinctive uniforms, from cooks in whites to bellboys in vibrant reds.

Through his remarkably vivid brushwork, Soutine contrasted their professional attire with a deeply felt sense of their individual characters and the toil of their working lives. He was the only artist to make these quintessentially modern workers a major subject of avant-garde painting. This catalogue is the first publication devoted to this important portrait series and accompanies the exhibition Soutine’s Portraits : Cooks, Waiters & Bellboys at The Courtauld Gallery, London.

Bibliographic Details:

Format (cm): 21*26


ISBN: 978-1-911300-21-2



Author :  Jacqueline Riding

Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing

Joseph Highmore (1692-1780) is best known as a portrait painter of the Georgian middle class. During the 1740s, however, his art radically shifted, reflecting his involvement with London’s new Foundling Hospital - of which he was a governor - and its mission as a refuge for ‘exposed and deserted young children”. Through his art and writings Highmore explored the circumstances - from the trauma of sexual assault to the terror of public disgrace - by which parents, particularly unmarried mothers, would be driven to abandon or even murder their new-born infants.

This culminated in a work of exceptional power, The Angel of Mercy, the centrepiece of this book.

Bibliographic Details:

Format (cm): 21*26

Pages: 128

ISBN: 978-1-911300-28-1



Author :  Max Bryant

Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing

The depth of history at Queen Anne’s Gate is unusual even in London, and few houses resonate with more memories than the extraordinary No. 14. The story of the house over the centuries features political revolutionaries, occult initiations, clandestine war meetings, and a severed head. It begins, however, as a museum of Roman sculpture, unrivalled outside Italy, designed for the connoisseur and virtuoso Charles Townley (1737-1805).

Townley embodied Enlightenment values perhaps more completely than any other figure in the art world of eighteenth-century Britain - his portrait by Johann Zoffany is one of the iconic paintings of the period - yet remarkably he has never been the subject of a major publication.

Bibliographic Details

Format (cm): 22*26

Pages: 127

ISBN: 978-1-911300-32-8



Author :  Simon Reynolds

Publisher: Faber & Faber

At the dawn of the 1970s, glam smashed through the faded denim dream of the hippie era - an eruption of alien glamour, gender mayhem and thrilling music that changed pop for ever. Shock and Awe takes the reader on a wild tour of the era, chronicling the exploits of its flamboyant personalities. Simon Reynolds explores how artists such as David Bowie, T. Rex, Roxy Music, Alice Cooper, Sparks, The Sweet, and New York Dolls celebrated illusion and self-invention over authenticity, revelling in artifice and spectacle.

And he charts the reverberations of glam themes - fame, decadence, extreme fashion, theatrical excess - as they continue to influence pop today.

Pages: 687

ISBN: 978-0-571-30172-0


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Authors : Verity Elson, Rosemary Shirley

Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing

The rural idyll occupies a deeply rooted place in the collective imagination. This highly original and vibrant study examines how key moments in art history hâve shaped our understanding of the British countryside and how contemporary artists continue to access and often challenge this concept.

From High Art to propaganda, garden centres to air fresheners, contemporary art to computer games - a constellation of powerful images and ideas contribute to our understandings of the rural. This publication offers new ways of thinking about how ideas of the countryside have been formed and how they are reflected in contemporary culture, through the innovative intégration of historié works by artists including Constable, Gainsborough and Stubbs, works of modem British art, together with contemporary responses to rural life and landscape by artists such as Mat Collishaw, Grayson Perry, Anna Fox and Alison Goldfrapp. Crucially, this volume enters this rich array of artworks into a productive dialogue with a range of visual cultures that populate everyday life, exploring how the imagery of the mral idyll is re-enacted. adapted and used today.

QratnÊgtbeCtmntiyside features new writing from a variety of disciplines,

irheres of an history, rural history, îiterature and contemporary art. Imerspersed throughout the publication are séries of interviews with artists who are workdng with the rural in innovative ways, offering a stimulating range of new perspectives on the rôle and importance of the countryside in contemporary culture.

The publication features artists whose work spanns nearly four centuries, including r.i’.t- Allingham, William Blake, Edward Burra, Rebecca Chesney, George Cîausen, Wifiiam Collins, Mat Collishaw, John Constable, Evelyn Dunbar, Anna Fox, Thomas Gainsborough, James Guthrie, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Josef Herman, Paul Hill, Sigrid Hohnwood, Horockses, Hilary Jack, Peter Kennard, Delaine Le Bas, Ciare Leighton, Claude Lorrain, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Jean-François Millet, MyVillages, Frank Newbould, Samuel Palmer, Grayson Perry, John Pettie, John Piper, Ingrid Pollard, Paul Reas, John Robertson Reid, Andy Sewell, Jo Spence, Stanley Spencer, George Stubbs, Graham Sutherland, Homer Sykes, Edward Arthur Walton and John Wyndham. More …