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2 Art and Architecture 67454 VIENNESE SECESSION

by Victoria Charles and Klaus H. Carl The ultra-conservative Vienna Künstlerhaus exerted an oppressive influence over the city, the epoch and the whole Austro-Hungarian Empire, and it was against this that, as a symbol of modernity, that 20 artists rebelled. This artistic movement, created in 1897 by such artists as Gustav Klimt, Carl Moll and Josef Hoffmann, became known as the Viennese Secession. Influenced by Art Nouveau, it defined itself as “total art” without any political or commercial constraint and represented the ideological turmoil that affected the craftsmen, architects, graphic artists and designers of the time. Turning away from the art establishment and immersing themselves in organic, voluptuous and decorative shapes, these artists opened themselves to an evocative, erotic aesthetic which went out of its way to offend the bourgeoisie, and soon found its way into all aspects of painting, sculpture, crafts and architecture. In this superb art book the authors, both widely published authors of art and city history, address all aspects of the fine and decorative arts of the time, highlighting the diversity, richness and revolutionary, all- pervading influence of the movement which proclaimed “For each time its art, for each art its liberty”. There is an extensive background on the forerunners and influences of the movement, followed by the birth of the Secession and a history of the important figures. Some 180 illus. in colour (many double page spreads) and b/w photos. 9¾”×11¼”, 200pp. ONLY £13

technical details of a Spitfire or Lancaster, but the experience of being in the air in a combat situation. Over 60 colour reproductions of paintings are presented here side by side with numerous pencil sketches, giving an unrivalled impression of the Battle. The painting Height of the Battle shows the sky full of planes, and it commemorates the 74 Squadron Spitfires which took part in the worst day of fighting. Combat Over London depicts a head-on attack, while Spitfires Over St. Michael’s Mount shows a fighter banking over the famous landmark. A Time for Heroes shows the Mount again, this time from ground level under a threatening sky, with fishermen drawing up their boats and watching low-flying Mk1 Spitfires heading back to base at St. Eval. Eagles High, painted specially for a one-man exhibition at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., shows a Messerschmitt in the foreground in combat with a Spitfire. Introduced by Michael Craig. 128pp, over 60 colour reproductions and numerous pencil drawings. £19.99 NOW £9

69353 MATISSE: The Life by Hilary Spurling ‘A marvellous sunburst of a biography’ which won the Whitbread Book of the Year in 2005. Henri Matisse, one of the greatest innovators of 20th century painting, was an intensely private person. It was not until half a century after his death that Hilary Spurling’s two-part biography cleared away the fog of inaccurate guesswork and gossip that obscured

both the man and at times his work. Our paperback contains the pith of those two volumes, acclaimed for their revelatory insight, meticulous scholarship and brilliant storytelling. This new edition centres on the ferocious struggles that underlay the radiant serenity of Matisse’s work and traces their intimate connection to the personal disasters that beset him, his family and his country through two world wars. A true biographical masterpiece, 577pp in paperback with colour photos. £14.99 NOW £4.50

69073 JAPANESE LIVING by Noboru Murata

In an inspirational celebration of the unique aesthetic charm of Japanese architecture and interior design, the author takes the reader right to the heart of Japan. Much admired for its purity of form and its harmony with the natural environment, the

Japanese house is one of the classic forms of residential architecture. The beautifully simple proportions are based on the measure of the tatami mat. The fluid floor plan has movable screens to divide and expand space. The indigenous materials of wood, paper and straw, and the use of ceramics, textiles and nature itself enhance the home. The author explains how bamboo, for instance, once had over 1,400 practical and decorative uses and it is still a common and expected feature. One of the most fascinating features for the Westerner is the Japanese use of paper to create a variation of shadows. And there is much more to discover here. 168 pages with over 150 stunning colour photos and description of the architectural elements involved. £9.99 NOW £5


KING’S GOODS by Jerry Brotton

Anthony van Dyck completed his massive canvas of King Charles on horseback with Monsieur de St. Antoine in 1633, just months after coming to London and being appointed as Principal Painter in Ordinary to the King and Queen. He had been knighted at St. James’s shortly after his arrival and given an annual pension of £200.

The painting showed the king as emperor, Christian knight, devoted husband, consummate horseman, generous patron and father to his peaceful kingdom. Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize in 2006, this book looks at Charles I and his art collection. Following a remarkable and unprecedented Parliamentary Act for

‘the sale of the late king’s goods’, Cromwell’s republican regime sold off nearly 2,000 paintings, tapestries, statues and drawings in an attempt to settle the dead king’s enormous debts and raise money for the Commonwealth’s military forces. Set against the backdrop of war, revolution and regicide, and moving from London to Venice, Mantua, Madrid, Paris and the Low Countries, Brotton recreates the extraordinary circumstances of this sale. For the very first time ordinary working people were able to handle and own works by the great masters. Brotton examines the abiding relationship between art and power, revealing how the current Royal Collection emerged from this turbulent period. He weaves together many strands of biography, politics, art history and diplomacy. 436 marvellous pages of history with many colour photos, in paperback.

£8.99 NOW £3.50

69290 BOOK OF SIGNS by Rudolph Koch

An unusual collection of primitive and medieval symbols which provide one of the most fertile single sources of decorative ideas available today. The book contains 493 classified and documented illustrations drawn and explained by the celebrated typographer Rudolph Koch. Divided into 14 categories it includes general signs like the open

eye of God, the passive female element, the active male element and the triangle and an old emblem for the sun with three rays and the octogram, an eight pointed star. Other sections include the cross, monogram of Christ, other Christian signs, monograms of medieval church and state leaders, stonemasons’ signs, the four elements, astronomical signs, astrological signs, botanical signs, chemical signs, house and holding marks, miscellany and runes. Big clear black illus throughout, 104 large paperback pages. £9.99 NOW £4

66749 TOP HATS AND FLAPPERS: The Art of Russell Patterson

edited by Shane Glines and Alex Chun Imagine America in the 1920s, a time of tremendous social change and the last stand of the Golden Age of illustration. Of these maverick ink-slingers, none captured the white-hot jazz age as effectively, or influenced more cartoonists than Russell Patterson (1893- 1977). The list of his ‘alumni’ range from virtually every published sexy girl illustrator to notables like Walt Disney and Milton Caniff. From newspaper strips and magazine covers to Hollywood and Broadway posters, costumes and set designs, all the way into the Atomic Age, a cornucopia of his art work. 184 very large pages. Colour and b/w. £13.99 NOW £4

66797 SHAH ‘ABBAS: The Remaking of Iran by Sheila Canby

A celebration of the rule of Shah ‘Abbas I (r. 1587-1629), and the Golden Age of Persia, during which time he left and far-reaching mark on the society of Iran. It brings together an amazing array of treasures and at the same time traces the story of Iran’s Safavid dynasty (1501- 1722), a period of dynamic religious and political development. Art and architecture flourished, and during his reign Shah ‘Abbas renovated the magnificent shrines at Ardabil, Mashhad and Qum, endowing them with priceless works of art including priceless sumptuous carpets, silks and porcelain, a great many of which are shown here. He also created a new capital at Isfahan, widely regarded as his crowning artistic achievement, and surrounded himself with great artists and thinkers. From here he actively encouraged foreigners to come to Iran and enthusiastically took the opportunity to open up trading links with Europe. The 240 colour illus. contained here are a real treat - amazing screens, tapestries and carpets, many of which are shown here in full page glory. 280pp, 9½” × 11½”. £40 NOW £11


Victorian artist and architect A. Welby Pugin is perhaps best known for his work on the Houses of Parliament in the neo-Gothic style. The author also produced a wealth of beautiful ecclesiastical designs that hark back to their medieval roots. These 59 spectacular colour plates display a selection of Pugin’s religious motifs. They provide hobbyists and graphic artists with a magnificent sourcebook of ideas. The anthology reveals his use of pattern, colour and ornamentation as presented in hundreds of designs that embellish altar cloths, crosses and church vestments. Very large softback, 64pp. £16.95 NOW £5


edited by Mary Carolyn Waldrep Subtitled ‘Illustrators of the Golden Age’ here is the best of some 80 women illustrators known to have been active during the Victorian period. In the 1880s, Kate Greenaway’s drawings of charmingly clad children caused a minor revolution in children’s fashion. Charles Dana Gibson’s ‘Gibson Girl’ created the ideal for young women of the Gilded Age. The paintings of Jessie Willcox Smith served as a standard for American children of the 20s and the nurseries of Great Britain were filled with tea sets, dolls, calendars and prints of Mabel Lucie Attwell. An interest in stories of exotic places, heroic legends of earlier times, and folk and fairy tales became widespread both for children and adults, perhaps as a reaction to the drabness of the Industrial Age. Several art and design schools especially for women opened their doors, like London’s Female School of Design, the Lambeth School of Art and Design and the Slade School of Art and many others in the US. Beatrix Potter, Helen Stratton, Henriette Willebeek le Mair and Anne Anderson, are among the 22 US and UK illustrators featured. For each there is a potted biography and several pages of charming watercolours, woodcuts and full page artworks. 134pp in very large softback featuring 120 colour and b/w illus. £19.99 NOW £7.50

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67080 BRITISH VISION: Observation and

Imagination in British Art 1750-1950 edited by Robert Hoozee and John Gage Within this lavishly illustrated, vast catalogue - published to accompany a major exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent - is a sumptuous record of the most comprehensive exhibition of British art to be displayed in recent years. It represents a unique opportunity to discover the creative forces that shaped British art over two centuries, from 1750 to 1950. Essays by a group of distinguished art historians focus on two defining characteristics of British art: observation and imagination seen within the context of Society which incorporates Changing Society, British Humour and Modern Life. Then comes a section called Landscape, which includes Points of View, Everyday Landscape, Detail and Atmosphere and, finally, a discussion of the Visionary. Among the great artists whose work appears on these pages are: William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, George Stubbs, William Blake, John Constable, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Stanley Spencer, Graham Sutherland, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. 424 very large pages, colour and b/w. £39 NOW £25

67448 TIFFANY by Charles de Kay

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) was born to Charles Louis Tiffany, the founder of Tiffany & Co., the famous New York City glass company. As his interest shifted from painting to glass making, young Tiffany began working in glass houses in Brooklyn and was even asked to redesign several rooms in the White House. In 1893 he opened a new factory in Queens, later called the Tiffany Glass Furnaces which started to manufacture a glass that is famously known as ‘favrile’. This term was trademarked and later came to refer to all the glass, enamel and pottery that the company produced, in particular its famous lamps. Includes clocks, glassware, beautiful hanging lanterns with leaded glass, oil lamps and stained glass windows in favrile, such as The Four Seasons. Glossy quality art paper, over 200 of them are reproduced in this small block of a hardback, 256pp. Colour throughout. ONLY £8.50

67323 ART NOUVEAU by Gordon Kerr

This gorgeous book consists of 80 full page photos of masterpieces of Art Nouveau design, with a short general introduction to familiarise the reader with names such as Tiffany, Liberty, Lloyd Wright,

Sullivan, Mucha, Siegfried Bing and others. It also outlines the development of the style which included swirling organic forms on the one hand and the geometric precision of Rennie Mackintosh on the other. Starting with the Moorish smoking room in Rockefeller House, the book moves through the elegant Swan, Rush and Iris wallpaper by Walter Crane, an anonymous Minton tile, Gaudi’s fantastical Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona and Jozef Rippl-Ronai’s extraordinarily vibrant Woman with a Bird Cage (recently seen in London in the Treasures from Budapest exhibition). Toulouse Lautrec, Beardsley and Mucha need no introduction to those who remember the posters of the 1960s Hippie Era, while Orazi’s Black Mass and Witches’ Sabbath had a huge appeal for the 70s generation. Architecture includes the iconic Vienna Secession Building by Olbrich and the Staatliches Bauhaus by Gropius. 96pp, 80 full page colour reproductions. £12.99 NOW £6

67322 ART DECO by Gordon Kerr

In the years following the horrors of the First World War, Art Deco came to represent the refreshing, energetic and optimistic outlook of the machine age. Here are designs for ballet sets, wallpaper, posters, paintings, ceramics, furniture,

architecture, luggage tickets, railway engines, scent bottles and bric-à-brac galore, enough to delight the most enthusiastic fan. This collection of 80 Masterworks by artists and designers such as Tamara de Lempicka, Clarice Cliff and Frank Lloyd Wright will inspire both those who are familiar with the subject and newcomers. 96 large pages in colour and b/w. £12.99 NOW £6

67089 ARCIMBOLDO by Sandra Forty The Renaissance is synonymous with glorious religious art and great epic masterpieces, but one of the greatest and most successful contemporary artists was working to a completely different theme. Guiseppe Arcimboldo became celebrated for his wonderfully eccentric and truly extraordinary portraits of fruits and vegetables, roots and animals which he composed into witty portraits and teasing allegorical allusions. For instance, he would paint an apparently ordinary bowl of fruits and flowers but, if it was turned 180 degrees, it magically became a face. The paintings become even more densely embroidered in meaning if account is taken of their astrological, spiritual and imperial facets, all clearly explained here. Only about 20 of his paintings are known to survive. 96 pocket-sized pages in full colour with chronology. ONLY £4


Anthropologists know that most ancient societies tattooed their warriors and hunters and that the practice was worldwide, but in modern Western culture tattoos have had, up until the past 20 years or so, a bit of an image problem. However, nowadays nearly every high street has a tattooist shop. Keenan’s fascinating introduction to the history of tattooing is followed by over 160 colour photos of some of the most exciting examples, split into animals, designs, fantasy, floral, religious and tribal, symbols and textual categories. 96pp. ONLY £3

68235 EL GRECO by Xavier Bray Published to accompany the London showing of the exhibition organised jointly by the National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this slim book is designed to provide the reader with an outline of El Greco’s odyssey from producer of small-scale icons in Crete to creator of giant altar paintings for churches in Toledo, Spain. His bright and powerful colours, elongated forms and ecstatic expressions continue to startle and provoke us today. 48 large format softback pages with colour plates. ONLY £4


69083 PICASSO: Love and War

1935-1945 by Anne Baldassari Dora Maar, born Henriette Markovitch in 1907, and famous for her liaison with Picasso, was a talented artist in her own right. She initially studied painting but soon found a passion and gift for photography, and became a prominent member of the Surrealist movement. This exhibition catalogue traces the relationship between the two artists. While the early years were decisive for both Picasso and Maar, the connection continued to inspire both artists into the mid-1940s. A director of the Musée Picasso and renowned scholar here sets the life and works of the painter and the photographer within the context of the major historical events of the time, from the Spanish Civil War and the Popular Front, to the rise of Fascism and World War II. This chronological account brings a legend to life and allows the reader unique access to two artistic minds. The photographs by Dora Maar, as well as drawings, paintings and poems by Picasso, serve as guides through the critical period in which the two figures influenced each other. Preserved in her studio archives, Dora Maar’s negatives and contact prints, as well as previously

unpublished details on the genesis of the work that was to become admired world-wide as Guernica, allow the reader a privileged insider’s view of the life Dora shared with the great painter. 318 large pages illustrated in b/w and colour with chronology.

£45 NOW £25

57624 MICHELANGELO: Complete Works by Prof. Dr. Frank Zöllner, Prof. Dr. Christof

Thoenes and Dr. Thomas Pöpper Before reaching the tender age of thirty, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) had already sculpted David and Pièta, two of the most famous sculptures in the entire history of art. Like fellow Florentine Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo was a shining star of the Renaissance and a genius of consummate virtuosity. His achievements as a sculptor, painter, draughtsman, and architect are unique- no artist before or after him has ever produced such a vast, multi-faceted, and wide-ranging oeuvre. This is demonstrated not only by the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel but also by Michelangelo’s monumental sculptures and his unconventional architectural designs, whose forms went far beyond the accepted vocabulary of his day. The first part of the volume concentrates on the life of Michelangelo via an extensive and copiously illustrated biographical essay; the main body of the book presents his work in four parts providing a complete analytical inventory of Michelangelo’s paintings, sculptures, buildings and drawings. Gorgeous, full page reproductions and enlarged details bring readers really up close to the works. The book also looks at his solitary nature, his thirst for money and commissions, his miserliness, his immense wealth, and his skill as a property investor and the controversial issue of the attribution of Michelangelo drawings. 29 x 44 cm, 768 pages.

ONLY £135

67546 TSARS AND THE EAST by the Freer and

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The Grand Dukes of Muscovy and later the Tsars of Russia forged strong diplomatic and commercial ties with the Timurids, Safavids and Ottomans, their neighbours in the Golden Horde, and Iran and Turkey as a way to survive and prosper in the turbulent times of the late 15th through to the 17th centuries. Ambassadors of shahs and sultans presented lavish gifts to gain the Tsars’ political support. Impressive embassies brought Moscow ornate saddles and horse trappings, gold and silver arms and armour, jewel-encrusted vessels and colourful fabrics. Many of these highly valued gifts were immediately added to the Tsar’s Treasury in the Kremlin where they were prized for their exceptional artistry. In time they aspired a new aesthetic at the Russian Court. This beautiful exhibition catalogue features 65 extraordinary objects like tapestries, swords, saddles, a writing set, bowls, shields and more from this collection. Glossy paper, large softback, 146pp. $29.95 NOW £9

67451 CLAUDE MONET (1840-1926)

by Nina Kalitina and Nathalia Brodskaia Everyone adores Monet. Here is a superb collection of his greatest works. There are many full colour plates of his earlier productions such as the famous Lady in the Garden, and The Pond at Mongeron, in both of which the artist’s extraordinary ability to capture atmosphere and light are shown in starkly contrasting scenes. Also included are examples of several in the series of paintings on the same subject which Monet was fond of showing at different times of the day - haystacks, Rouen Cathedral, the London scenes and numerous depictions of his favourite resorts, Sainte-Adresse and Étretat on the Alabaster Coast of Normandy. 199 very large pages. ONLY £12.50


by Claudia Einecke and Sylvie Patry In the early years of the 20th century, Pierre-August Renoir enjoyed an undisputed reputation in the art world. He was hailed not only as an emblematic figure of Impressionism in the 1870s but also as a master who had been capable of surpassing and renewing a movement growing more and more widely accepted. Great champions of modern art, such as Gertrude Stein and Paul Guillaume collected his work alongside that of Cézanne, Picasso and Matisse. This catalogue, with 11 authoritative essays by experts in the field, examines these highly productive years and invites the reader to take a fresh look at almost a quarter of Renoir’s career. 440 large pages with 319 illustrations, 213 of them in colour, catalogue of exhibited works, chronology, photographic record of Renoir, list of photos exhibited in Paris, index of exhibited or illustrated works by Renoir, index of names, and list of exhibited works by Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard, Denis, Maillol and Albert André. $65 NOW £19

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