Not since Gombrich's Story of Art has a popular guide to painting been so accessible and influential. This stunning guide to 800 years of Western art moves effortlessly from Byzantium to Bauhaus via 750 full-color photographs and illustrations, and Sister Wendy's benchmark style: informative, conversational, engaging. Movements are highlighted, as are individual artists, and the various techniques they use as masters are brilliantly exposed.
This book explores van Gogh's and Gauguin's conviction that the purpose of visual art in human culture is to communicate a spiritual understanding of existence comparable to the wisdom contained in the metaphors and parables of myths, religions, and literature. Monographic studies in the book, which entail many new interpretations of van Gogh's and Gauguin's imagery, reveal the ways in which their ideas and the specific events of their personal lives shaped their creation of meaningful symbolic motifs.
From the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Son of the Morning Star and Deus Lo Volt , a biography that breaks the mold-recounting with stunning immediacy the dark genius behind the renowned Spanish painter. Enigmatic, compelling, darkly brilliant and casually masterful in turn, Francisco Goya changed art forever, although the nature of his influence has been widely interpreted. Degas, for one, lamented that because of Goya he was condemned to painting a housewife in her bathtub. During the vile days of the Spanish Inquisition, Goya painted royalty, street urchins and demons with the same brush, bringing his own distinctive touch to each. This unusual man and his ghastly times are the perfect subject for Evan S. Connell, one of our greatest and least conventional writers. This unorthodox biography shines with wit, erudition and prodigious research. To say Connell is intimate with his subject is an understatement: He seems to be inside Goya's famously impenetrable skin. In a colloquial, wry style, Connell introduces a wealth of detail and a comic cast of weird and eccentric characters-dukes, queens and artists-as lewd and incorrigible a group as history has ever produced
By the early 1920s, a streamlined approach to illustration had replaced the more sentimental and formal conventions of the late Victorians. Often full of zest and humor, and exhibiting the highly stylized influences of Art Deco, this innovative artwork revolutionized the world of advertising, as documented in this rich treasury of copyright-free spot illustrations.Compiled by graphic artist Leslie Cabarga from publications of the 1920s and '30s, more than 1,500 advertising cuts dramatize a wide variety of enterprises: businesses, communications, education, industry, construction, transportation, legal and health-care services, sports, travel, entertainment, and other areas -- all conveniently arranged by category for ease of use.
Hundreds of engaging scenes depict doctors and nurses with patients, mail personnel delivering letters, biplanes, spaceships, parachutists, pilots and their planes, speeding locomotives, streetcars, conductors and passengers, swimmers, golfers, anglers, bank tellers, paperboys and town criers shouting their announcements, and much, much more.
Graphic designers and commercial artists will find this comprehensive collection an inexpensive and invaluable sourcebook of eye-catching ways to highlight advertising messages and communications.
This is an introduction to one of the great periods of Western art and provides a clear, dramatic account of the French art world under Louis XIII and Louis XIV. Drawing on research that places the art of the period in its context of religious and philosophical ideas, Christopher Allen provides the means for the reader to judge the meaning, relevance, success or failure of the art of this period.
Painter, designer, and filmmaker Salvador Dal (1904-1989) was one of the most colorful and controversial figures in 20th-century art. A pioneer of Surrealism, he was both praised and reviled for the subconscious imagery he projected into his paintings, which he sometimes referred to as "hand-painted dream photographs."
This early autobiography, which takes him through his late thirties, is as startling and unpredictable as his art. It is superbly illustrated with over 80 photographs of Dal and his works, and scores of Dal drawings and sketches. On its first publication, the reviewer of Books observed: "It is impossible not to admire this painter as writer. As a whole, he . . . communicates the snobbishness, self-adoration, comedy, seriousness, fanaticism, in short the concept of life and the total picture of himself he sets out to portray."
Dal 's flamboyant self-portrait begins with his earliest recollections and ends at the pinnacle of his earliest successes. His tantalizing chapter titles and headnotes -- among them "Intra-Uterine Memories," "Apprenticeship to Glory," "Permanent Expulsion from the School of Fine Arts," "Dandyism and Prison," "I am Disowned by my Family," "My Participation and my Position in the Surrealist Revolution," and "Discovery of the Apparatus for Photographing Thought" -- only hint at the compelling revelations to come.
Here are fascinating glimpses of the brilliant, ambitious, and relentlessly self-promoting artist who designed theater sets, shop interiors, and jewelry as readily as he made surrealistic paintings and films. Here is the mind that could envision and create with great technical virtuosity images of serene Raphaelesque beauty one moment and nightmarish landscapes of soft watches, burning giraffes, and fly-covered carcasses the next. For anyone interested in 20th-century art and one of its most gifted and charismatic figures, The Secret Life of Salvador Dal is must reading.