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Nudes

by Jp. A. Calosse

Just as there is a fundamental difference in the use of the words ?naked? and ?nude?, the unclothed body can evoke a feeling of delight or shame, serving as a symbol of contradictory concepts ? beauty and indecency....


In Praise of the Backside

by Hans-Jürgen Döpp

Mega Square In Praise of the Backside celebrates the most sensual part of the female body. The insightful text by Hans-Jürgen Döpp discusses the backside as a feature that stands for both powerful eroticism...


Pocket Art: Figure Drawing

by Joanna Henly

In Pocket Art: Figure Drawing, the second book in the new Pocket Art series (be sure to check out the first book on portraits!), learn to draw figures on the go with the quick visual exercises in this compact...


Life Drawing for Artists

by Chris Legaspi

Life Drawing for Artists teaches a contemporary approach to figure drawing that includes both the familiar poses—standing, sitting, lying down—but also how to capture figures in movement and in more dynamic...


Lost Anatomies

by John Gurche, David R. Begun, Trenton W. Holliday & Rick Potts et al.

Renowned paleoartist John Gurche brings the traditional techniques of figure drawing and anatomical art to the portrayal of our hominin ancestors. The result is a visual record of the evolving human form that...


German Painting

by Klaus H. Carl

In a country only unified since 1871, German culture and art is derived from ancient tradition. Studying German painting requires viewing it on a different scale, larger than the current geographical frontiers....


Aestheticism in Art

by William Hogarth

William Hogarth wrote his Analysis of Beauty in 1753, during the Age of Enlightenment. Through this captivating text, he tends to define the notion of beauty in painting and states that it is linked, per se,...


African Art

by Maurice Delafosse

African Art invites you to explore the dynamic origins of the vast artistic expressions arising from the exotic and mystifying African continent. Since the discovery of African art at the end of the nineteenth...


Landscapes

by Émile Michel

Although considered a minor genre for a long time, the art of landscape has risen above its forebears - religious and historic painting - to become a genre of its own. Giorgione in Italy, the Brueghels of the...


Christ in Art

by Ernest Renan

Since the dawn of Christianity, artists have been fascinated and stirred by the figure of Christ. His likeness appears in frescoes on the walls of catacombs that date from Roman times; he is featured in the...


Art of War

by Victoria Charles & Sun Tzu

Over the course of history, many wars have changed the political and cultural landscape of our world. While these events are defined by their upheaval and violence, they frequently contribute to the formation...


Gustave Courbet

by Georges Riat

Ornans, Courbet?s birthplace, is near the beautiful valley of the Doubs River, and it was here as a boy, and later as a man, that he absorbed the love of landscape. He was by nature a revolutionary, a man born...


Fra Angelico

by Stephan Beissel

Secluded within cloister walls, a painter and a monk, and brother of the order of the Dominicans, Angelico devoted his life to religious paintings. Little is known of his early life except that he was born at...


Greek Sculpture

by Edmund von Mach

Greek Sculpture is probably the most well known aspect of Greek art, for a contemporary it expresses the most beautiful ideal and plastic perfection. It is the first of the Ancient Arts that looked to free itself...


Erotic Fantasy

by Hans-Jürgen Döpp

Numerous and diverse points of view come together in this work, demonstrating the multiple aspects that sexuality can present. If nothing is more natural than sexual desire, it is nothing less than the forms...


Russian Painting

by Peter Leek

From the 18th century to the 20th, this book gives a panorama of Russian painting not equalled anywhere else. Russian culture developed in contact with the wider European influence, but retained strong native...


The Story of Lingerie

by Muriel Barbier

What is the social merit or purpose of all those bras and panties on perfectly sculpted bodies that we see spread across billboards and magazines? Many women indulge in lingerie to please men. Yet, ever since...


Frida Kahlo

by Gerry Souter

Behind Frida Kahlo?s portraits, lies the story of both her life and work. It is precisely this combination that draws the reader in. Frida?s work is a record of her life, and rarely can we learn so much about...


The Encyclopedia of Erotica

by Hans-Jürgen Döpp

What happened to the insolence of the 18th-century libertines or to the carefree excesses of the Belle Époque and its legalized brothels? They have merely been inhibited and buried by the nowadays political...


Bonnard and the Nabis

by Albert Kostenevitch

Pierre Bonnard was the leader of a group of post-impressionist painters who called themselves the Nabis, from the Hebrew word meaning ?prophet?. Bonnard, Vuillard, Roussel and Denis, the most distinguished of...