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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.
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.
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Paperback      ISBN: 0142003697
Recounts Michelangelo's creation of his masterpiece, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, from his commission from Pope Julius II, through the artist's four years of work, to the final acclaim at the painting's 1512 unveiling.
Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, a Lost Generation Love Story
Everybody Was So Young
Gerald and Sara Murphy, a Lost Generation Love Story
Paperback      ISBN: 0767903706
A finely written biography brings to life the globe-trotting, high-living socialites who were models for works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo Picasso until tragedy struck their children at the end of the Roaring Twenties. Reprint. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.
The Gag Family: German-Bohemian Artists in America
The Gag Family
German-Bohemian Artists in America
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1890434507
Anton Gag arrived in Minnesota from Bohemia about 1879, and founded an artistic dynasty in the German-Bohemian community of New Ulm. L'Enfant (art history, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota) follows his life and that of two of his children, Wanda Hazel (1893-1946), who became a famous children's book author and illustrator ( Millions of Cats ), and Flavia (1907-78), a prolific writer and painter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Eakins Revealed: The Secret Life of an American Artist
Eakins Revealed
The Secret Life of an American Artist
Hardcover      ISBN: 0195156684
An examination of the dark side of American painter Thomas Eakins's life and work unveils new facts about the artist's life and makes sense of the enigmas of his work, documenting the bitter personal feuds and family tragedies that affected him, as well as the artist's own tendency toward psychological abuse and sexual harassment.
Matisse and Picasso: The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship
Matisse and Picasso
The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship
Hardcover      ISBN: 0813365813
Chronicles the competition and mutual respect shared by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, with details of their divergent but equally passionate and influential lives.
Art Lover: A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim
Art Lover
A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim
Paperback      ISBN: 006095681x
Peggy Guggenheim -- millionairess, legendary lover, sadomasochist, appalling parent, selective miser -- was one of the greatest and most notorious art patrons of the twentieth century. After her father, Benjamin Guggenheim, went down with the Titanic, the young heiress came into a small fortune and left for Europe. She married the writer Laurence Vail and joined the American expatriate bohemian set. Though her many lovers included such lions of art and literature as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst (whom she later married), Yves Tanguy, and Roland Penrose, real love always seemed to elude her. In the late 1930s, Peggy set up one of the first galleries of modern art in London, quickly acquiring a magnificent selection of works, buying great numbers of paintings from artists fleeing to America after the Nazi invasion of France. Escaping from Vichy, she moved back to New York, where she was a vital part of the new American abstract expressionist movement. Meticulously researched, filled with colorful incident, and boasting a distinguished cast, Anton Gill's biography reveals the inner drives of a remarkable woman and indefatigable patron of the arts.
Between Worlds: The Autobiography of Leo Lionni
Between Worlds
The Autobiography of Leo Lionni
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679423931
The author details his life as a painter, sculptor, critic, and commerical designer, and his career as a children's author and illustrator in the later years of his life
Rembrandt's Eyes
Rembrandt's Eyes
Hardcover      ISBN: 067940256x
Honoring the genius of Rembrandt, the author first explores the painter's obsession with Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens--a fixation that profoundly influenced the evolution of his work and was not overcome until Rubens' death