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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.
Painting As a Pastime
Painting As a Pastime
Hardcover      SKU: 1199000167
Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell
Utopia Parkway
The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell
Hardcover      ISBN: 0374180121
A portrait of American artist Joseph Cornell considers his unusual personality and reclusive lifestyle while examining his relationships with such contemporaries as Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, and Susan Sontag.
Vermeer: A View of Delft
A View of Delft
Hardcover      ISBN: 0805067183
The dramatic story of Dutch master painter Jan Vermeer is told against the backdrop of the "golden age" of Dutch culture in the seventeenth century and offers a compelling portrait of Vermeer's life, his artistic career, and his influence on the history of Western art. 17,500 first printing.
Renoir, My Father
Renoir, My Father
Paperback      ISBN: 0940322773
The son of the great French impressionist painter offers readers a loving portrait of his father's life and career spiced with plentiful anecdotes and details of his relationship with other artistic giants such as Monet and CTzanne. Reprint.
A Life of Picasso: The Prodigy, 1881-1906
A Life of Picasso
The Prodigy, 1881-1906
Paperback      ISBN: 037571149x
A richly illustrated first volume in a multi-volume portrait of the seminal artist focuses on Picasso's early life in Mlaga and Barcelona, his 1904 move to France, his Rose and Blue periods, and his work on Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, the painting that would usher in the modernist period. Winner of the Whitbread Prize. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art
Painting Below Zero
Notes on a Life in Art
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0307263428
The forefront living artist describes his childhood in North Dakota and Minnesota in the late 1930s and 1940s, his education at the Art Students League, and the influence of his relationships with numerous contemporaries.
Old Man Goya
Old Man Goya
Hardcover      ISBN: 0375406115
An insightful portrait of Spanish painter Francisco de Goya provides a close-up look at an artist who, for the last thirty-five years of his life, was completely deaf, drawing on Goya's revealing personal correspondence and his dramatic works of art to provide an illuminating study of the creative process. 20,000 first printing.
Hogarth: The Modern Moral Subject, 1697-1732
The Modern Moral Subject, 1697-1732
Paperback      ISBN: 0813516951
In 1971, Ronald Paulson published his monumental two-volume critical biography of William Hogarth, thus establishing his own reputation as a major critic on art and literature of the eighteenth century and gaining recognition for Hogarth as a central figure in British art and culture. In the twenty years since the book's original publication, Paulson's viewpoint on his subject has changed and his knowledge of the period has grown and been refined. In the same two decades, there has been a general growth of knowledge and interest in the eighteenth century in general and in major figures such as Defoe, Fielding, Poe, and Swift. This is the first of three volumes of a fully revised work on Hogarth, which will make the books available at affordable prices to a new and wider audience of readers.
Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X
John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X
Hardcover      ISBN: 1585422215
Shares the story behind the creation of John Singer Sargent's famous painting, which propelled the artist into international renown but condemned his young subject, Virginie Gautreau of New Orleans, to a lifetime of public ridicule and self-loathing due to the work's perceived sexuality. 22,500 first printing.