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Goya: Truth and Fantasy the Small Paintings
Truth and Fantasy the Small Paintings
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300058632
Goya once wrote that painting on a small scale allowed him to give free rein to his fantasy and invention. Intensely expressive and personal, his small paintings at times depict popular subjects - bullfights, open air pantomime and theatrical comedy and at other times reflect the darker side of the eighteenth century imagination, the uncertainty and violence of the era, or the private anxieties of the artist and his society. This book surveys the small scale works painted by Goya throughout his career. It includes all the surviving sketches for his tapestry cartoons enchanting decorative works still in an eighteenth century idiom, yet also the first paintings in which Goya began to explore a genuinely Spanish vein of realism. Sketches for his major altarpieces, dating from the 1770s to 1820, provide evidence of his ability to work out large-scale compositions on a miniature scale. The little cabinet pictures of 1793-4, painted during convalescence after a near fatal illness, illustrates scenes of fire and shipwreck, brigands, lunatics, bullfights and fairgrounds, and they contain the kernel of the artistic language that he was to develop throughout the rest of his career. The book also discusses and reproduces Goya's tragicomic paintings of witchcraft, the more sombre scenes of violence and resistance, painted as Spain came under Napoleon's domination, his celebrated small portraits and the miniature lowlife scenes he painted while he was in exile in France at the end of his life. This beautiful book accompanies a major exhibition of Goya's small scale paintings held at the Prado in Madrid in November 1993, the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994.

Watercolor Fairies: A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating The Fairy World
Watercolor Fairies
A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating The Fairy World
Paperback      ISBN: 0823056406
An inspirational guide to drawing and painting the fairy realm, this enchanting book looks at the origins and development of fairy art, and draws upon a wide range of art, literature, mythology, and folklore surrounding fairies. Readers are shown how to invoke the fairy spirit and bring to life the nymphs, sprites, and sylphs of a fabled realm. Easy-to-follow, step-by-step illustrations and photographs enable beginning artists to recreate flower fairies, celestial spirits, and mischievous dark fairies, as well as learn how to capture exquisite detail such as delicate wings and sheer gowns. Artists learn how to turn their brush into a wand and create an entire fairy kingdom in watercolor, the dreamiest medium with which to convey the spirit and nature of these fairy folk.
Inside the Painter's Studio
Inside the Painter's Studio
Paperback      ISBN: 1568988524
'Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.' —Chuck Close Inside an art gallery, it is easy to forget that the paintings there are the end products of a process involving not only creative inspiration, but also plenty of physical and logistical details. It is these 'cruder,' more mundane aspects of a painter's daily routine that motivated Brooklyn artist Joe Fig to embark almost ten years ago on a highly unorthodox, multilayered exploration of the working life of the professional artist. Determined to ground his research in the physical world, Fig began constructing a series of diorama-like miniature reproductions of the studios of modern art's most legendary painters, such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. A desire for firsthand references led Fig to approach contemporary artists for access to their studios. Armed with a camera and a self-made 'Artist's Questionnaire,' Fig began a journey through the workspaces of some of today's most exciting contemporary artists. Inside the Painter's Studio collects twenty-four remarkable artist interviews, as well as exclusive visual documentation of their studios. Featured artists were asked a wide range of questions about their day-to-day creative life, covering everything from how they organize their studios to what painting tools they prefer. Artists open up about how they set a creative mood, how they choose titles, and even whether they sit or stand to contemplate their work. Also included are a selection of Fig's meticulously detailed miniatures. In this context Fig's diminutive sculptures—reproducing minutiae of the studio, from paint-tube labels and paint splatters on the floor to the surface texture of canvases—become part of a fascinating new form of portraiture as diorama. Inside the Painter's Studio offers a rare look into the self-made universe of the artist's studio. Inside the Painter's Studio features interviews with Gregory Amenoff, Ross Bleckner, Chuck Close, Will Cotton, Inka Essenhigh, Eric Fischl, Barnaby Furnas, April Gornik, Jane Hammond, Mary Heilmann, Bill Jensen, Ryan McGinness, Julie Mehretu, Malcolm Morley, Steve Mumford, Philip Pearlstein, Matthew Ritchie, Alexis Rockman, Dana Schutz, James Siena, Amy Sillman, Joan Snyder, Billy Sullivan, and Fred Tomaselli.
Dramatic Light: Paint Eye-catching Art in Watercolor And Oil
Dramatic Light
Paint Eye-catching Art in Watercolor And Oil
Hardcover      ISBN: 1581806582
An experienced painter reviews the basic concepts of watercolor painting and composition, and introduces techniques for painting objects and scenes with transparency, translucence, luminosity, and light reflection. Color photographs of a work in progress illustrate each step for replicating glass, silk, interior lights, candlelight, sunlight, and water distortions. Seven of the 21 demonstrations use oil paints. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
On Not Being Able to Paint
On Not Being Able to Paint
Paperback      ISBN: 087477263x
Discusses the nature of creativity, the separation of artistic expression from real life, technique to release one's creative impulses, and a new approach to painting and drawing
The Daily Practice of Painting: Writings and Interviews 1960-1993
The Daily Practice of Painting
Writings and Interviews 1960-1993
Paperback      ISBN: 026268084x
Gerhard Richter, born in Dresden in 1932, is one of the foremost painters of his generation. A great deal has been written about the bewildering heterogeneity of his work over the past 30 years. His seemingly willful and defiant movement between abstract and figurative modes of representation and his seemingly inconsistent methods of applying paint to canvas are consistent, if nothing else, with Richter himself—the master of the paradoxical statement. Although he has emphasized that he is first a painter and has never been a theorist, he has, throughout his career issued provocative, contentious, and memorable statements. Over seven years in preparation, this book makes available a selection of Richter's texts from all periods of his career, many translated for the first time. There are public statements about specific exhibitions, private reflections drawn from personal correspondence, answers to questions posed by critics, and excerpts from journals discussing the intentions, subjects, methods, and sources of his works from various periods. The writings are accompanied by 87 biographical illustrations of paintings from the artist's personal collection. Published in association with the Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London
Manet: The Still-Life Paintings
The Still-Life Paintings
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810943913
A companion volume to a landmark exhibition presents the still-life paintings of the great Impressionist master Edouard Manet, including a wide variety of oil paintings, watercolors, and prints, as well as an essay by Henri Loyrette, director of the MusTe d'Orsay, on the artist and his work.
Sumi-E: Just for You
Just for You
Paperback      ISBN: 0870113690
Introduces the Oriental art of painting flowers, trees, fruits, vegetables, animals, birds, and elements of the landscape using a brush and black ink
Painting Better Landscapes
Painting Better Landscapes
Paperback      ISBN: 082303576x
Fifteen lessons concentrate on different aspects of landscape painting, including negative shapes, value relationship, depth, lines and composition of movement, linear perspective, and division of space
A Very Victorian Passion: The Orchid Paintings of John Day, 1863 to 1888
A Very Victorian Passion
The Orchid Paintings of John Day, 1863 to 1888
Hardcover      ISBN: 0500970157
John Day (1824-1888) was an eminent English orchid grower and collector who flourished from the early 1850s until the late 1880s. From 1862 he not only grew orchids but also painted watercolours of the plants in his own collection at High Cross, Tottenham, and in other major collections in and around Victorian London. His paintings of over 2,300 orchids bound in 53 'scrapbooks', constitute a unique archive recording these beautiful flowers, introduced into England from around the world when orchidmania was at its zenith. Day's paintings are not only beautiful: they are also of real scientific value. Day often sent pressed flowers and copies of his paintings to Professor Heinrich Reichenbach of Hamburg, who subsequently deemed many of them new to science. Day's illustrations, therefore, are often of the 'type' plant - the plant upon which the new name was based. The Day archive is used daily by scientists and horticulturists at Kew but has never been published or available more widely. It is an incomparable record of the introduction of novelties from around the world - particularly the New World, India and the Far East - the early hybrids and spectacular species that have been lost to horticulture.