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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...


A Personal Calligraphy

by Mary Pratt

Mary Pratt is famous throughout Canada for her luminous paintings and prints. Her 1995 exhibition, The Art of Mary Pratt: The Substance of Light, drew record-breaking crowds on its tour of Canada. It also resulted...


Kokoda Front Line

by Neil McDonald

Damien Parer was without doubt Australia?s greatest war photographer. He helped create the Anzac legend ? and many, many of our iconic war images are his photographs. He served his apprenticeship as a stills...


Desperate Romantics

by Franny Moyle

Their Bohemian lifestyle and intertwined love affairs shockingly broke 19th Century class barriers and bent the rules that governed the roles of the sexes. They became defined by love triangles, played out against...


The Life of Anne Damer: Portrait of a Regency Artist

by Jonathan David Gross

The first biography of Anne Damer since 1908, The Life of Anne Damer: Portrait of a Regency Artist, by Jonathan Gross, draws on previously unpublished letters to explore the life and legacy of England’s first...


Between the Lives: Partners in Art

by Deborah Shepard

This fascinating look at artists and their intimate partners takes nine well-known New Zealand couples and explores the many aspects of their lives—particularly how the presence of an artistic companion or...


Something for the Birds

by Jacqueline Fahey

Fizzing with wit and style and featuring original illustrations by the author, this lively, humorous, and tragic memoir traces the roots of a distinguished painter and her crucial role in New Zealand's feminist...


Self-Portrait

by Marti Friedlander

From a childhood spent in London’s rough East End to a half-century in New Zealand photographing winemakers and artists, children and kuia, Marti Friedlander has lived a life marked by adventure, travel, and...


Heaphy: Explorer, Artist, Settler

by Iain Sharp

Richly illustrated with Charles Heaphy's remarkable paintings and drawings as well as photographs and maps from the period, this engaging work tells the story of Heaphy's life and his art. A draughtsman, explorer,...


Dark Night: Walking with McCahon

by Martin Edmond

In 1984, on his way to a major exhibition opening, celebrated New Zealand painter Colin McCahon went missing for 24 hours in Sydney, Australia. He was discovered by police the next day on a bench in Centennial...


Before I Forget

by Jacqueline Fahey

The second volume of memoir by New Zealand artist, feminist, and writer Jacqueline Fahey, this book kicks off after her marriage to celebrated psychiatrist Fraser McDonald. As it recounts Fahey’s battles against...


Disney's World

by Leonard Mosley

Documents the stunning accomplishments of Disney's imaginative genius. It is not a flattering portrait. Library Journal


Diane von Furstenberg

by Gioia Diliberto

A sweeping biography of one of the most influential and controversial legends of late twentieth-century fashion, an iconic designer whose colorful creations, including the “wrap dress,” captured the modern...


Anthony Van Dyck

by Robin Blake

Blake, an author living in London, explains that the impetus for this biography of the great Dutch painter came from his own connection in childhood to a painting purchased by his grandmother