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70943 THE PRADO by Alexander Auf der Heyde


The Museo del Prado was opened in 1819 on the initiative of an enlightened monarch, Ferdinand VII who decided to make his private collection of art published to promote


artistic literacy and increase education among the people. The current museum building began in 1875 commissioned by Charles III of Spain to house the Natural History Cabinet. Philip II added the masterpieces of Bosch, Tintoretto and others by Titian to the collection. The Flemish, Italian, French and German art collections revealed traces of the complex dynastic web that linked Spain with pre-Habsburg and pre- Bourbon Europe. Gradually European audiences noticed the unopened treasure trove of the Old Continent and its leading figures Velázquez, Zurbarán, Ribera and Murillo. Here amongst the great painters of the Spanish Golden Age was a school that captivated the interest of international art collectors. We begin with the origins of Spanish painting, the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, El Greco, Baroque painting, Goya, Italian, Flemish, Dutch, French and German paintings. Measuring over 11" square and produced to the highest quality, hundreds of the major artworks are reproduced in glorious colour for us to study in detail, and often sections are enlarged alongside with a further short explanation. Noble knights, bejewelled noblewomen, biblical scenes, mythological scenes, the crucifixion to the complex detail and surrealism of Hieronymus Bosch’s Adoration of the Magi Triptych are explored in the heavyweight tome. New publication. Text in three languages, 574pp. ONLY £29.50


70732 NATURAL


AFFINITIES: Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams by Buhler


Lynes, Phillips, Woodward The painter Georgia O’Keeffe, famous for her opulent close-ups of flowers, was a close friend of the photographer Ansel Adams who immortalised the spectacular


landscape of Yosemite National Park. O’Keeffe’s husband, Alfred Stieglitz, the father of American modernist photography, was also close to Adams, and modern commentators have suggested that it was Stieglitz who created the public face O’Keeffe and Adams presented to the world, keeping firm control as their P.R. guru. This gorgeous book is the catalogue of an exhibition which displayed their work in tandem. It features over 100 reproductions, black and white for Adams and colour for O’Keeffe, together with three major critical assessments. Adams’s studies of the textures of nature are far more sharply defined than O’Keeffe’s undulating contours, shown in her vibrant Stump in Red Hills (1940), but both display an awareness of the symbolic qualities of natural forms and an overwhelmingly sensuous quality, which in O’Keeffe’s case led to her importance for the feminist movement. Adams’s monumental Saint Francis Church, Ranchos de Taos (1929) is a study of the same building as O’Keeffe’s Ranchos Church No.1 (1929). Both artists created numerous atmospheric studies of lakes and rivers, and both evoke the transformative powers of water. 175pp, chronologies, beautifully illustrated in colour and black and white. £30 NOW £15


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70948 THE LOUVRE by Violetta Farina


The history of the Louvre is closely entwined with the history of France. Built as a fortress in 1190, it became a royal residence under Francis I who founded the royal collections. Successive kings all


contributed to giving the Louvre its familiar appearance. The building was begun under Henri IV when the Grande Gallerie was built, joining the Louvre to the Tuileries Palace. Transformed into a museum in 1793 during the French Revolution, its collections grew rapidly thanks to Napoleon’s conquests, donations, excavations campaigns and exchanges. In 1981 the architect Ieoh Ming Pei launched the Grand Louvre Project to meet the changing display needs and created a new glass pyramid entrance that would symbolise the renewal of the institution. The museum’s collections are divided into eight departments spanning 11 centuries of art history in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. The oldest nucleus includes Italian paintings. In the 18th century collections of Spanish, Dutch and Flemish art were added. Francis I and Louis XIV were responsible for expanding the royal collections considerably and from the 18th century onwards, the collections grew increasingly rich and varied. We begin with oriental antiquities, Mesopotamia, Iran and Levant, Islam followed by Egyptian antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, decorative arts, prints and drawings, French and European sculpture, French and Italian, Spanish, Dutch, German and English paintings. The beauty of each artwork is almost uninterrupted as it fills one large page and many double page spreads for each chosen sculpture, mural, gilded bronze, Michelangelo or Da Vinci drawing, marble busts, portraits of goddesses and kings, Napoleon crossing the Alps, the life of Jesus, landscapes, court scenes and masterworks like Da Vinci’s St. John the Baptist oil painting. Hundreds of colour artworks are reproduced in glorious colour and many with additional large detailed sections explored. 600 heavyweight pages in a sumptuous volume measuring 11½” square published by Scala. New publication. ONLY £29.50


70893 FREDERICK CARL FRIESEKE: The Evolution of


an American Impressionist by Nicholas Kilmer et al Frieseke’s (1874-1939) colour- drenched gardens and sun-dappled nudes have been much-admired by lovers of American Impressionism, and his paintings are treasured in museum collections around the world. Until this book there had


never been published a volume devoted to his work. The book features 180 plates - over 100 of which are in colour - and was published in conjunction with retrospective of his work which toured the US in 2001-2. Nicholas Kilmer, the artist’s grandson, provides a biographical overview, detailed chronology and many charming vintage photos. There are three further well- illustrated biographical sections looking at his work prior to 1910 including his time spent at Whistler’s atelier in Paris, his time from 1910-20 at Giverny under Monet and in Paris, and finally his work in the 1920s and ’30s, created at the height of his abilities, each written by expert art historians and museum curators. Then, following a chronology, is a full catalogue of the exhibition, which comprises mostly full-page


reproductions of 83 works dating from 1899 to 1938. For each we are given the title, date, medium, size and where it can be found. An art book of the highest quality, 220pp, 10¼”×12¼”. £39.95 NOW £15


70725 A NEW AND NATIVE BEAUTY: The Art and Craft of Greene and Greene


edited by Bosley and Mallek The American Arts and Crafts architects Charles and Henry Greene are not household names like William Morris or Lloyd Wright, but Greene and Greene’s Californian buildings can easily bear comparison with their more famous


contemporaries. William Morris exhibited in Boston in 1883, and 10 years later the Greene brothers went there to study architecture in an atmosphere saturated with admiration for the new style. Charles Greene married an Englishwoman and from his tour of England in 1901 he carried home impressions which were to change the whole direction of his work. Arts and Crafts silversmith C. R. Ashbee on his 1909 trip to Pasadena compared Charles’s furniture with that of the best English craftsmen. In 1902, the Greenes were commissioned to build the house for which they are most famous, the Culbertson House in Pasadena. Several essays in this impressive appreciation of the Greenes’ work focus on the Culbertson achievement, where Tiffany lamps and Arts and Crafts furniture were integrated into an architectural design in which Japanese influences dominated. At the turn of the century Japanese style was hugely popular in California and the Tichenor commission a few years later had a Japanese roof-form and bridge, though the Greenes were eclectic and also offered designs in a Mission Revival idiom. A wooden semi-abstract relief in the Culbertson house suggests a Symbolist influence. This first full study of the brothers and their work is complemented by family details and numerous photos, both archive and contemporary, together with working drawings. 265pp, lavishly illustrated in sepia and colour. £39.95 NOW £16


70731 A FINE LINE: Scratchboard Illustrations by Scott McKowen


by Scott McKowen and Christopher Newton Some of the 20th century’s most iconic theatre posters and book jackets were designed by a master of scratchboard technique, Scott McKowen, and this beautiful book provides a selection of the very


best. Scratchboard, drawing with white on black by scraping the surface off a specially prepared board, is something young children like to do, but to create scratchboard images to a professional level of design requires an almost miraculous ability to think in reverse, and there are no second chances once the scratch is made. Among the hundreds of illustrations in this stunning book it is hard to pick out favourites, but the atmospheric cover for the Sterling edition of Sherlock Holmes, with its top hatted figure silhouetted against the lights of London’s Embankment, must be one of the best. On other pages, Heidi does a cartwheel against a background of Alpine scenery and Alice tumbles into Wonderland down a very Victorian-looking rabbit hole


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lined with books and a stuffed dodo. McKowen is rather good at people who have lost contact with the earth, and his playbills include Peter Pan flying at an unexpected angle in imitation of a 1929 poster for The Battleship Potemkin. Martin McDonagh’s 2003 play The Pillowman features a horrific nightmarish figure and McKowen’s masterly image combines threat with fairy tale. Several bills for plays by Harold Pinter combine the surreal and the familiar in haunting ways. 207pp, lavishly illustrated in colour with commentaries and notes on scratchboard technique. £37 NOW £14


70735 MAGICAL CHORUS by Solomon Volkov Subtitled A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to


Solzhenitsyn, this ground-breaking study is more than a history of Russian art and literature. It looks closely at the relationships of major artists with Lenin and Stalin, Khrushchev and Gorbachev, and the effect of their symbiosis on the


nation’s culture. At the start of the century Dostoevsky and Tolstoy portrayed the coming revolution as a


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