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by Helen McLean

McLeans memoir chronicles her struggle for independence in the repressive 1950s.


Edward James Lennox: "Builder of Toronto"

by Marilyn M. Litvak

"Concise, informative and well-illustrated, this short volume speaks reams about a career that included Toronto's first millennial project (Old City Hall), a castle (Casa Loma), as well as the massive generating...


Tom Thomson: Artist of the North

by Wayne Larsen

Tom Thomson holds a prominent position in Canada's culture and has become an icon for his landscapes, his brief life, and mysterious death. Dividing his time between the wilderness and a shack behind the Studio...


A.Y. Jackson: The Life of a Landscape Painter

by Wayne Larsen

A founding member of the Group of Seven, Jackson portrayed the Canadian landscape in a bold and inventive manner, illustrating a key chapter in Canadas coming of age.


Canadian Artists Bundle: Emily Carr / Tom Thomson / James Wilson Morrice

by Kate Braid & Wayne Larsen

This bundle of titles in the Quest Biography series presents the lives of three influential Canadian artists who captured the wild beauty of Canada's terrain. The stories of west coast icon Emily Carr, tragic...


Light for a Cold Land: Lawren Harris's Life and Work

by Peter Larisey

Light for a Cold Land the first art-historical study of Lawren Harris that attempts to explore his life and all aspects of his career.


An Artist of the American Renaissance: The Letters of Kenyon Cox, 1883-1919

by H. Wayne Morgan

Kenyon Cox was born in Warren, Ohio, in 1856 to a nationally prominent family. He studied as an adolescent at the McMicken Art School in Cincinnati and later at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia....


Godard

by Colin MacCabe

Jean-Luc Godard's early films revolutionized the language of cinema. Hugely prolific in his first decade--Breathless, Contempt, Pierrot le Fou, Alphaville, and Made in USA are just a handful of the seminal works...


No Way Home: A Dancer's Journey from the Streets of Havana to the Stages of the World

by Carlos Acosta

Carlos Acosta, the Cuban dancer considered to be one of the world's greatest performers, fearlessly depicts his journey from adolescent troublemaker to international superstar in his captivating memoir, No Way...


Caravaggio

by Christopher Peachment

My sight was always good. But color now takes on even greater riches. I no longer need the bright blues and reds, which I did so delight in when I was young. I see a hundred times more beauty now in a dark brown,...


Straight To Hell: 10 Art Suicides

by Namida King

Straight To Hell examines ten case histories of suicide in the 20th century. These acts of self-annihilation, committed by artists, writers, and philosophers, stand as the final testaments of individuals whose...


The Secret Life of Salvador Dal

by Salvador Dali

This startling early autobiography takes Dalí through his late 30s and "communicates the...total picture of himself (Dalí) sets out to portray" — Books. Superbly illustrated with over 80 photographs and...


Van Gogh on Art and Artists: Letters to Emile Bernard

by Vincent Van Gogh

23 missives — written from 1887 to 1889 — radiate their author's impulsiveness, intensity, and mysticism. The letters are complemented by reproductions of van Gogh's major paintings. 32 full-page black-and-white...


Rodin on Art and Artists

by Auguste Rodin

In an intimate talk with his protégé, the sculptor offers candid, wide-ranging comments on the meaning of art; other famed artists; the relation of sculpture to poetry, painting, and music; more. 76 illustrations....


The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry

by Walter Pater

Pater's graceful essays discuss the achievements of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and other artists. The book concludes with an uncompromising advocacy of hedonism, urging readers to experience life as...


The Life of William Morris

by J. W. Mackail

Classic biography of great Victorian poet, designer, socialist. Childhood, education, socialism, Arts and Crafts movement, Kelmscott Press, much more. 22 black-and-white illus.


Gauguin's Intimate Journals

by Paul Gauguin

Revealing documents, reprinted from rare limited edition, illuminate painter's inner life, relationship with van Gogh, evaluations of Degas, Monet, other artists; life in the Marquesas Islands, more. 27 illustrations...


My Father, Frank Lloyd Wright

by John Lloyd Wright

Charming memoir, by his son, of Wright as genius, father, and family man. The book also includes the complete text of William C. Gannet's The House Beautiful, a work designed by Wright. 10 halftones.


My Art, My Life: An Autobiography

by Diego Rivera & with Gladys March

A richly revealing document offering many telling insights into the mind and heart of a giant of 20th-century art. "Engrossing as a novel." — Chicago Sunday Tribune. 21 halftones.


Picasso

by Gertrude Stein

Intimate, revealing memoir of Picasso as man and artist by influential literary figure. Highly readable amalgam of biographical fact, artistic and aesthetic comments. One of Stein's most accessible works. 61...