Hidden Treasures Revealed
Impressionist Masterpieces and Other Important French Paintings Preserved by the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Hardcover ISBN: 0810934329
Shows and describes French paintings that were taken from Germany to Russia at the end of World War II and have not been exhibited since
Max Beckmann and Paris
Matisse Picasso Braque Leger Rouault
Hardcover ISBN: 3822872032
""lf you wish to get hold of the invisible, you must penetrate as deeply as possible into the visible"". Max Beckmann might have been talking about his life as much as his brutally honest and dazzlingly choreographic paintings, for, when he died on a New York street corner in 1950, he had lived one of the most excoriatingly self-critical lives in modern art He left behind a body of work spanning five decades, work that found its direction and energy in the Paris of the 1920's. A magnet to artists, Paris gave Beckmann the creative competition he craved. Travelling there regularly (and settling there later), he mixed Freely with the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Delaunay, formulating a style that grew out of the passionate relationship between the German and French avant-garde. But Beckmann was always his own man, and while he soaked up the artistic fervour of the Parisian cafes and ateliers, he maintained a critical distance that allowed him to develop an intensely personal technique and oeuvre. Part Expressionist, part Cubist, Beckmann's art is one of self, cities and street-life, and this profusely and beautifully illustrated catalogue allows us finally to confirm Beckmann's pre-eminence in the most dynamic art scene of the Twentieth Century.
Chorus of Light
Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection
Hardcover ISBN: 084782313x
Sir Elton John has emerged in the 1990s as one of the world's pre-eminent collectors of twentieth-century photography. The High Museum of Art is the first institution to present highlights from the more than 2,000 photographs John has acquired during the last decade. This book presents more than 150 illustrations of images by more than 100 photographers, including Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Lewis Hine, Tina Modotti, Paul Outerbridge, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston. Masters such as Man Ray, Andre Kertesz, Harry Callahan, Irving Penn, Lucas Samaras, Robert Mapplethorpe, John Dugdale, and Horst P. Horst are represented in depth. The book accompanies the first major exhibition of John's collection and includes an introduction by the exhibition's curator, Ned Rifkin, and an appreciation of the collector by Jane Jackson, adviser to the collection. An essay by Thomas W. Southall discusses Elton John's taste as a collector. A lengthy interview of Sir Elton by Ingrid Sischy of Interior magazine reveals the famous performer's passion and direction in acquiring photographs. Views of Elton's Atlanta residence show how the collector lives within his astonishingly dense collection.
The Spirit of Art Nouveau
Hardcover ISBN: 0300074190
Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) was one of the most important decorative artists working in Paris at the turn of the century. His distinctive and original posters and his decorative panels in le style Mucha became almost synonymous with French Art Nouveau. The admirer and iconographer of Sarah Bernhardt, he was also well known as the creator of familiar advertisements and as a book illustrator. Yet there was much more to Mucha’s achievement than this. At the height of his career as a decorative artist, he became convinced that art should serve ideas, he became chief artistic and cultural adviser to the interwar Czech government, and he completed a major and controversial fresco cycle, the Slav Epic, as well as portraits and large symbolic paintings. This book?the first full-scale treatment of Mucha’s entire oeuvre?includes discussions and reproductions of paintings, posters, panneaux decoratifs, pastels, drawings, and illustrations from throughout his career. In addition, the authors provide essays on Mucha’s Paris years; his association with Sarah Bernhardt; the importance of American patronage on his later work; his graphic and painterly techniques; and the problems connected with the conservation of the large canvases. This lavishly illustrated book is the catalogue for an exhibition of Mucha’s work that will tour the United States, beginning in San Diego in 1998. Published in association with Art Services International, Washington, D.C.