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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.
The Secret Life of Salvador Dali
The Secret Life of Salvador Dali
Paperback      ISBN: 0486274543
This startling early autobiography takes Dalí through his late 30s and "communicates the snobbishness, self-adoration, comedy, seriousness, fanaticism, in short the concept of life and the total picture of himself (Dalí) sets out to portray" — Books. Superbly illustrated with over 80 photographs and scores of Dalí drawings and sketches.
Chuck Close: Life
Chuck Close
Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 3791336770
Tells the story of the life and works of American artist, Chuck Close, describing his various approaches to portraiture and his determination to overcome near paralysis from an anterior spinal stroke.
Norman Rockwell: The Underside of Innocence
Norman Rockwell
The Underside of Innocence
Hardcover      ISBN: 0226314405
Norman Rockwell’s scenes of everyday small-town life are among the most indelible images in all of twentieth-century art. While opinions of Rockwell vary from uncritical admiration to sneering contempt, those who love him and those who dismiss him do agree on one thing: his art embodies a distinctively American style of innocence. In this sure-to-be controversial book, Richard Halpern argues that this sense of innocence arises from our reluctance—and also Rockwell’s—to acknowledge the often disturbing dimensions of his works. Rockwell’s paintings frequently teem with perverse acts of voyeurism and desire but contrive to keep these acts invisible—or rather, hidden in plain sight, available for unacknowledged pleasure but easily denied by the viewer. Rockwell emerges in this book, then, as a deviously brilliant artist, a remorseless diagnostician of the innocence in which we bathe ourselves, and a continuing, unexpected influence on contemporary artists. Far from a banal painter of the ordinary, Halpern argues, Rockwell is someone we have not yet dared to see for the complex creature he is: a wholesome pervert, a knowing innocent, and a kitschy genius. Provocative but judicious, witty but deeply informed, Norman Rockwell is a book rich in suggestive propositions and eye-opening details—one that will change forever the way we think about this American icon and his works.
Galka E. Scheyer And the Blue Four: Correspondence 1924-1945
Galka E. Scheyer And the Blue Four
Correspondence 1924-1945
Paperback      ISBN: 3716514381
This publication includes a selection of approxima tely one hundred letters and other extant document s covering the history of the Blue Four and the interaction between the artists and their America n Representative.
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.
Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake
Whistler
A Life for Art's Sake
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300203462
A major new biography of James McNeill Whistler, one of most complex, intriguing, and important of America’s artists
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.
Life with Picasso
Life with Picasso
Trade Paperback      ISBN: 1853812331
The young painter Francoise Gilot met Picasso in a Parisian cafe when he was 62. During the next ten years they were lovers, worked together and had two children, Claude and Paloma. In an account filled with intimate revelations, the author paints a portrait of her turbulent life with Picasso.
Cezanne: A Life
Cezanne
A Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0307377075
A major biography—the first comprehensive new assessment to be published in decades—of the brilliant work and restless life of Paul Cézanne, the most influential painter of his time and beyond, whose vision revolutionized the role of the painter and changed the way artists would see and depict the world forever after. Alex Danchev, with brisk intellect, rich documentation, and eighty color illustrations, tells the story of an artist who, during his lifetime, was considered a madman, a barbarian, and a revolutionary. Beginning with the restless teenager from Aix, Danchev carries us through the trials of a painter who believed that art must be an expression of temperament but who was tormented by self-doubt; whose work sold to no one outside his immediate circle until late into his thirties; who fiercely maintained the revolutionary belief that "to paint from nature is not to copy an object; it is to represent its sensations." And Danchev shows us how the implications of this belief became the obsession of many other artists and writers, from Matisse to Samuel Beckett. The book delivers not only the fascinating life of this visionary artist and remarkable man but a complete assessment of his ongoing influence in the artistic imagination of our own time.