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A Life of Picasso 1881-1906
A Life of Picasso 1881-1906
Paperback      ISBN: 0679764216
As he magnificently combines meticulous scholarship with irresistible narrative appeal, Richardson draws on his close friendship with Picasso, his own diaries, the collaboration of Picasso's widow Jacqueline, and unprecedented access to Picasso's studio and papers to arrive at a profound understanding of the artist and his work. 800 photos.
Explosive Acts: Toulouse-Lautrec, Oscar Wilde, Felix Feneon and the Art & Anarchy of the Fin De Siecle
Explosive Acts
Toulouse-Lautrec, Oscar Wilde, Felix Feneon and the Art & Anarchy of the Fin De Siecle
Hardcover      ISBN: 0684811790
An illuminating portrait of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is set against th social and cultural upheaval of fin-de-siecle France and captures a man attuned to the avante-garde, social, artistic, and political forces that shaped his age.
Vincent Van Gogh: Chemicals, Crises, and Creativity
Vincent Van Gogh
Chemicals, Crises, and Creativity
Hardcover      ISBN: 0817636161
At the time of his suicide, in 1890, the genius of Vincent van Gogh was acknowledged by only a small cadre of friends and followers. His jagged life was marked by early years of uncertainty, interludes of luckless love affairs, wrenching episodes of self-mutilation, crises of debilitating illness, and periods of painful striving for lofty goals. Today, his art is universally recognized. He is on everybody's list of outstanding artists and in every catalog of creative people. This scholarly yet very readable work addresses all of the features of van Gogh's life and underlying illness, the family history, the environment, and the artist's uniqueness. Dr. Arnold provides an accurate, balanced, and sometimes hard-hitting evaluation of all the hypotheses and suggestions from the past. He keeps people, places, and paintings in perspective. He explains the chemistry, medicine, and biology and offers new proposals that are always elegant, often provocative, and sometimes audaciously simple. A theme that distinguishes the present analyses is that van Gogh not only suffered from an identifiable disease but that his life-style directly influenced the expression and severity of symptoms, exacerbated his condition, and provoked medical crises. The consequences of such well-documented and seemingly disparate factors as overindulgence in alcohol (especially as the romantic but toxic absinthe), smoking too much, malnutrition, fasting (because the artist elected to buy paints and canvas, instead of his daily bread), environmental exposure, and infections, all come together here and support a unifying hypothesis. This book, beautifully complemented with many full color reproductions of paintings, is presented by a scientist who enjoys the art, evaluates the data, produces new models, and advances the field with thought-provoking ideas. The portrait of Vincent van Gogh is not as a mad artist, but rather as an exceptional man who suffered from an inherited metabolic disorder. He was wonderfully creative because of intelligence, talent, and hard work. He was a genius in spite of his illness - not because of it.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci
Paperback      ISBN: 014303510x
The author of How We Die tackles the life of Leonardo da Vinci, sharing clues to unlock the secret of the great Renaissance man's love of art and science. Reprint.
I Bought Andy Warhol
I Bought Andy Warhol
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810942712
Traces the author's twelve-year quest to own a Warhol painting that would best reflect the artist's essence, recounting his tour of galleries, auction houses, and private collections while revealing the factors that contributed to Warhol's celebrity and the prices of his works.
Cellini: Artist, Genius Fugitive
Cellini
Artist, Genius Fugitive
Hardcover      ISBN: 075092957x
The life of Cellini is a romping good story which at present exists only in the form of a memoir, read by students and specialists. Derek Parker retells Cellini's life, setting it in the context of the turbulent world of Renaissance Europe. Cellini, famous as sculptor and goldsmith, and patronized by both Francis I of France and the Medici courts of Tuscany, was one of the most picturesque figures of the Renaissance. His adventures, hot temper and tendency to fight, his escapes from prison and amorous escapades among the Florentine and Roman nobility, and his interest in magic, made him a figure of renown in his own time, and beyond.
The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
Paperback      ISBN: 0140447180
Presents the story of Italian sculptor Benvenuto Cellini and provides an account of his flamboyant exploits in the world of Galileo, Michelangelo, and the Medicis, giving a firsthand account of Renaissance Italy.
Norman Rockwell: A Life
Norman Rockwell
A Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0375504532
The first comprehensive biography of the nation's most popular twentieth-century artist offers a complex, compelling portrait of the artist and argues that his work is far more interesting and manipulative than critics have credited him for. 30,000 first printing.
The Revenge of Thomas Eakins
The Revenge of Thomas Eakins
Paperback      ISBN: 0300136447
Thomas Eakins was misunderstood in life, his brilliant work earned little acclaim, and hidden demons tortured and drove him. Yet the portraits he painted more than a century ago captivate us today, and he is now widely acclaimed as the finest portrait painter our nation has ever produced. This book recounts the artist’s life in fascinating detail, drawing on a treasure trove of Eakins family correspondence and papers that have only recently been discovered.Never before has Thomas Eakins’s story been told with such drama, clarity, and accuracy. Sidney Kirkpatrick sets the painter’s life and art in the wider context of the changing world he devoted himself to portraying, and he also addresses the artist’s private life—the contradictory impulses, obsessions, and possible psychological illness that fired his work. Kirkpatrick underscores Eakins’s unflinching integrity as an artist and discloses how his profound appreciation of the beauty of the human form was both the source of his greatness and ultimately of his undoing. Nevertheless, the author observes, Eakins has had his “revenge,” inspiring a new generation of realist painters and gaining the recognition that eluded him in life.
Intimate Journals of Paul Gauguin
Intimate Journals of Paul Gauguin
Paperback      ISBN: 0710301057
Depicts the experiences of the French artist while living on a Polynesian island and discusses the culture of the natives of the island