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19th-Century Art: A Beginner's Guide

by Laurie Schneider Adams

Munch’s The Scream. Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Rodin’s The Thinker. Monet’s Water Lilies. Constable’s landscapes. The 19th century gave us a wealth of artistic riches so memorable in their genius that...


Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance

by Amy Helene Kirschke

Women artists of the Harlem Renaissance dealt with issues that were unique to both their gender and their race. They experienced racial prejudice, which limited their ability to obtain training and to be taken...


Lessons in Likeness: Portrait Painters in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, 1802-1920

by Estill Pennington

From 1802, when the young artist William Edward West began painting portraits on a downriver trip to New Orleans, to 1918, when John Alberts, the last of Frank Duveneck's students, worked in Louisville, a wide...


Museum Representations of Maoist China: From Cultural Revolution to Commie Kitsch

by Amy Jane Barnes

The collection, interpretation and display of art from the People’s Republic of China, and particularly the art of the Cultural Revolution, have been problematic for museums. These objects challenge our perception...


The Bauhaus Ideal Then and Now: An Illustrated Guide to Modern Design

by William Smock

The Bauhaus Ideal is both a picture book and a guidebook to the fascinating and enduring legacy of modernist design, and to the continuing influence of Bauhaus on interior design—not just on architecture,...


Posters of The Great War: Published in association with Historical le Grande Guerre, Peronne, France

by Frederick Hadley & Martin Pegler

Until the arrival of radio and television, and despite the influence of newspapers, posters were the major medium for mass communication. During the Great War all the belligerent nations produced an extraordinary...


Modigliani

by Meryle Secrest

“People like us . . . have different rights, different values than do ordinary people because we have different needs which put us . . . above their moral standards.” —Modigliani

Amedeo (“Beloved of God”)...


Form and Sense

by Wolfgang Paalen, Martica Sawin & Deborah Rosenthal

Wolfgang Paalen was a central figure in internationalist surrealist circles in the late 1930s. Artist and intellectual, he was a European whose fascination with archaic cultures led him finally to Mexico, where...


The Bauhaus Idea and Bauhaus Politics

by Éva Forgács

Art historian Éva Forgács's book is an unusual take on the Bauhaus. She examines the school as shaped by the great forces of history as well as the personal dynamism of its faculty and students. The book focuses...


Impressionism

by Nathalia Brodskaya & Natalia Brodskaya

Impressionism has always been one of the public’s favourite styles of art and Impressionist works continue to enchant beholders with their amazing play of colours and forms. This book offers a well-chosen...


Art Nouveau

by Victoria Charles & Jean Lahor

Ever since its triumph at the Paris Universal Exposition, Art Nouveau has continued to inspire artists. The movement offered an artistic response to the industrial revolution and the creative vacuum left in...


Tom Thomson: Design for a Canadian Hero

by Joan Murray

Joan Murray's intimate biography details the life and work of Tom Thomson.


ReNew Marxist Art History

by Warren Carter, Barnaby Haran & Frederic J. Schwartz

From the beginning of the twentieth century until the 1980s, Marxist art history was at the forefront of radical approaches to the discipline. Some of the most influential names in the field were active proponents...


Racinet's Historic Ornament in Full Color

by Auguste Racinet

The 19th-century French illustrator's classic reference to the decorative ornament of history's major cultures; over 2,000 royalty-free motifs in 100 beautiful full-color plates.


The Bauhaus and Public Relations: Communication in a Permanent State of Crisis

by Patrick Rössler

This innovative study considers one of the most important art and design movements of the 20th century, the Bauhaus, in conjunction with current research in public relations and organizational communication,...


The New Vision: Fundamentals of Bauhaus Design, Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture

by László|Hoffmann, Daphne M. Moholy-Nagy

This book, a valuable introduction to the Bauhaus movement, is generously illustrated with examples of students' experiments and typical contemporary achievements. The text also contains an autobiographical...


Mexican Painters: Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros, and Other Artists of the Social Realist School

by MacKinley Helm

Definitive introduction to art and artists of Mexico during great artistic movements of the '20s and '30s. Discussion of Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros, Galvan, Cantú, Meza, many others. History, tradition, social...


Doré's London: All 180 Illustrations from London, A Pilgrimage

by Gustave Dore

All drawings from the 1872 classic, including perceptive sketches of workaday London, thieves gambling, flower girls, waifs and strays, prisoners in the Newgate exercise yard, and a wedding at the Abbey.


Pictorial Narrative in the Nazi Period: Felix Nussbaum, Charlotte Salomon and Arnold Daghani

by Deborah Schultz & Edward Timms

This book investigates creative responses to the Nazi period in the work of three artists, Felix Nussbaum, Charlotte Salomon and Arnold Daghani, focusing on their use of pictorial narrative. It analyses their...


The Image of Christ in Modern Art

by Richard Harries

The Image of Christ in Modern Art explores the challenges, presented by the radical and rapid changes of artistic style in the 20th century, to artists who wished to relate to traditional Christian imagery....