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Living with Vincent van Gogh: The homes and landscapes that shaped the artist

Living with Vincent van Gogh: The homes and landscapes that shaped the artist

Martin Bailey

$49.99
Vincent van Gogh at Home explores the influence of people and places on the creative output of the famous artist, telling the story of his life and work in a unique and accessible way. Although Van Gogh never really had a home' in the more conventional sense of the word - the Yellow House in Arles was the closest he came to it - the places he lived and worked had a real impact on his art. His early years and work in the Netherlands, his moves to Paris, Arles, Saint Remy and Auvers are all considered, as well as his travels to London. Fully illustrated, the book will feature artworks, archive imagery and contemporary landscape photography to provide an insight into how the people and places of Van Gogh's life relate to his work.

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Ludwig Bemelmans

Ludwig Bemelmans

Quentin Blake ,  Laurie Britton Newell ,  Claudia Zeff

$39.99
While almost everybody knows Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline, the fact that the illustrator published over forty other titles remains a well-kept secret. The first title in Thames & Hudson's brand-new series, this book offers a visually rich insight into the life and work of this important artist and writer.

Ludwig Bemelmans grew up under the Austro-Hungarian empire and emigrated to the United States in his late teens, just escaping the outbreak of the First World War. His illustrations for the Madeline books offer a classic vision of Paris that has created a lasting impression on millions of readers. And every illustrator would love to know how he conveyed all the emotions of a spirited little girl drawn with just a few lines and dots; how did he achieve such clarity in simplicity?

Laurie Britton Newell's illustrated essay gathers material from Bemelmans' diverse oeuvre, from novels, autobiographical stories, humorous articles and comic strips to murals and menus for hotels and restaurants. The book makes accessible this mesmerizing material, which is otherwise lost to the public, and connects it to the artist's intriguing life. An icon of a fascinating era, Bemelmans through his magical work gives us glimpses of a life that embodied both hard work and glamour, in Paris and New York.
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Matisse: In 50 works

Matisse: In 50 works

John Cauman

$39.99
This enthralling and comprehensive new book on Henri Matisse is an eye-opener for all students and art lovers interested in early twentieth-century art. Taking fifty of Matisse's most iconic works of art, John Cauman provides an accessible narrative about the man and his work, deciphering the themes, methods and intentions of this truly great artist.

This enthralling and comprehensive new book on Henri Matisse is an eye-opener for all students and art lovers interested in early twentieth-century art. Taking fifty of Matisse's most iconic works of art, John Cauman provides an accessible narrative about the man and his work, deciphering the themes, methods and intentions of this truly great artist.

Featuring 50 of Matisse's finest works, each painting, drawing and mural is described and analysed in beautiful detail, within the context of the period, so that the reader can really understand what the artist was hoping to achieve with each work. The paintings are prefaced by an informative introduction that presents the milleu and key characters that featured in Matisse's life.

Among his most famous works, this book includes Luxe, calme et volupte (1904), Le Bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life) (1905-6), Self-Portrait in a Striped Shirt (1906), Blue Nude (Memory of Biskra) (1907), Bathers by a River (1907-17), Harmony in Red (1908), Dance I (1909), Entrance to the Casbah (1912), Pianist and Checker Players (1924), Still Life with a Magnolia (1941), Memory of Oceania (1951-2) and The Snail (1953).
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Del Kathryn Barton

Del Kathryn Barton

Del Kathryn Barton ,  Natalie King

$29.99
A new series of monographs on Australian female artists, selected with series editor Natalie King, curator and Enterprise Professor at the Victorian College of the Arts. These books are compact yet perfectly formed. They comprise 96 pages of the artist’s favourite works – designed for optimum visual impact and to reach anyone who is inspired by art and beauty.

The extra frisson for these titles comes in the introduction. For each monograph, one luminary from another field will write a personal, powerful essay of 1200 words. It could be an ode to one particular painting; it could be a parallel narrative inspired by themes in the artist’s work.
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Hockney - Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature

Hockney - Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature

Hans den Hartog Jager

$49.99
Landscape has become an important theme for David Hockney, especially since he returned to his homeland, the Yorkshire Wolds, in the 1990s. The landscapes in this catalgoue show a series of in-depth observations of the changing seasons and the way in which light, space and nature are constantly in motion. They are reminiscent of the landscapes of Vincent van Gogh, including his monumental Wheatfield with Crows and The Harvest. This book pays particular attention to these beautiful landscapes alongside Van Gogh's depiction of nature, with a special focus on technique, perspective and colour, and the way Van Gogh and Hockney use these `formal' elements to create their particular view on the world surrounding them.

The book includes an exclusive interview with David Hockney about the inspiration he has found in Van Gogh's work.
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The Gauguin Atlas

The Gauguin Atlas

Nienke Denekamp

$39.99
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was an artist perpetually in search of new horizons. This fascinating visual tour reveals the full extent of Gauguin's travels and their influence on his unique style. Gauguin's several lengthy trips to Tahiti and the Marquesas between 1891 and the artist's death, visits that provided the inspiration for many of his most famous canvases, are well known and documented here in rich detail. Less familiar are stories from his early years living with his family in Peru, which Gauguin would later describe as idyllic, and his years in the French Navy, which would take him to numerous destinations including India. Throughout the 1880s, as a young man starting a family and struggling to become established within the art world, the restless Gauguin moved often-within Paris, to Rouen, to Copenhagen, and back to Paris.

Abundantly illustrated with hundreds of vibrant images, including archival material and the artist's own works, The Gauguin Atlas brings to life the places that Gauguin visited and lived. The book's handsome design seamlessly integrates maps and other images with an accessible and engaging text that narrates Gauguin's travels; what emerges is a vivid picture of an artist continually seeking new experience and inspiration for his art.
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Coral Empire: Underwater Oceans, Colonial Tropics, Visual Modernity

Coral Empire: Underwater Oceans, Colonial Tropics, Visual Modernity

Ann Elias

$46.95
From vividly colored underwater photographs of Australia's Great Barrier Reef to life-size dioramas re-creating coral reefs and the bounty of life they sustained, the work of early twentieth-century explorers and photographers fed the public's fascination with reefs. In the 1920s John Ernest Williamson in the Bahamas and Frank Hurley in Australia produced mass-circulated and often highly staged photographs and films that cast corals as industrious, colonizing creatures, and the undersea as a virgin, unexplored, and fantastical territory. In Coral Empire Ann Elias traces the visual and social history of Williamson and Hurley and how their modern media spectacles yoked the tropics and coral reefs to colonialism, racism, and the human domination of nature. Using the labor and knowledge of indigenous peoples while exoticizing and racializing them as inferior Others, Williamson and Hurley sustained colonial fantasies about people of color and the environment as endless resources to be plundered. As Elias demonstrates, their reckless treatment of the sea prefigured attitudes that caused the environmental crises that the oceans and reefs now face.
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The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists

The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists

Linda Ferber ,  Nancy Anderson ,  Tim Barringer ,  Barbara Dayer Gallati

$110.00
An illuminating look at how the Pre-Raphaelite movement was embraced by a group of vanguard American artists Bringing together insights from a distinguished group of scholars, this beautiful book analyzes the history and historiography of the American Pre-Raphaelites, and how the movement made its way from England to America. Led by Thomas Charles Farrer-an English expatriate and acolyte of the hugely influential English critic John Ruskin-the American Pre-Raphaelite artists followed Ruskin's dictum to depict nature close up and with great fidelity. Many members of the group (including Farrer, who served in the Union army during the American Civil War) were also abolitionists, and several created works with a rich political subtext.

Featuring the work of artists such as Fidelia Bridges, Henry and Thomas Charles Farrer, Charles Herbert Moore, Henry Roderick Newman, and William Trost Richards, this generously illustrated volume is filled with insightful essays that explore the influence of Ruskin on the American artists, the role of watercolor and photography in their work, symbolism and veiled references to the Civil War, and much more.
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Wooden Toy Spacecraft: Explore the Galaxy & Beyond with 13 Easy-to-Make Woodworking Projects

Wooden Toy Spacecraft: Explore the Galaxy & Beyond with 13 Easy-to-Make Woodworking Projects

Gonzalo Ferreyra

$34.99
Wooden toys remain as popular as ever as woodworking projects and gifts Woodworkers are constantly searching for new project ideas Ideal projects for the ever-expanding, multi-billion dollar universe of Star Wars fans The easy-to-make designs require minimal materials and can be finished in a weekend Audience Woodworkers, DIY-ers, and Makers Crafty fans of Star Wars, Star-Trek, and Science Fiction Woodshop Teachers and instructors
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The Power of Color: Five Centuries of European Painting

The Power of Color: Five Centuries of European Painting

Marci Hall

$74.99
Revealing the power of color as physical medium, a key to interpretation, and a mediator of social and political change This expansive study of color illuminates the substance, context, and meaning of five centuries of European painting. Between the mid-15th and the mid-19th centuries, the materials of painting remained remarkably unchanged, but innovations in their use flourished. Technical discoveries facilitated new visual effects, political conditions prompted innovations, and economic changes shaped artists' strategies, especially as trade became global.

Marcia Hall explores how Michelangelo radically broke with his contemporaries' harmonizing use of color in favor of a highly saturated approach; how the robust art market and demand for affordable pictures in 17th-century Netherlands helped popularize subtly colored landscape paintings; how politics and color became entangled during the French Revolution; and how modern artists liberated color from representation as their own role transformed from manipulators of pigments to visionaries celebrated for their individual expression. Using insights from recent conservation studies, Hall captivates readers with fascinating details and developments in magnificent examples-from Botticelli and Titian to Van Gogh and Kandinsky-to weave an engaging analysis. Her insistence on the importance of examining technique and material to understand artistic meaning gives readers the tools to look at these paintings with fresh eyes.
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Paper Cutting by Garden

Paper Cutting by Garden

Mihoko 'Garden' Kurihara

$22.99
Garden, the creator of the bestselling garden Coloring Book, is a renowned paper cutting artist; her delicate designs are highly acclaimed and loved by many. This book presents more than 150 of her original cutting designs, mainly featuring flowers and animals, but also incluide letters and numbers. It also provides detailed step-by-step paper cutting techniques, from copying the design to framing the completed work, which makes this the perfect introduction for beginners. Once you see the beautiful pages showcasing her works displayed in various settings, you won't be able to resist trying this by yourself!
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Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds

Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds

Leahy Catherine

$49.95
Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds is the first publication to feature the extraordinary work of Dutch artist M. C. Escher in dialogue with the work of acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo. Featuring works from the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, which holds the world's largest Escher collection, this expansive book covers the full span of the artist's career, from 1916 through to his final work, produced in 1969.

Celebrated as a master of optical illusion, Escher created some of the most iconic images of the twentieth century. This unique artistic vision is traced through 160 prints and drawings and presented within a ground-breaking design experience by nendo. Nendo's work transcends tradition: by manipulating geometry, space and perception its practice aligns with Escher's vision and has distinct resonances with contemporary architecture and design.
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Titian's Touch: Art, Magic and Philosophy

Titian's Touch: Art, Magic and Philosophy

Maria Loh

$39.99
At the end of his long, prolific life, Titian was rumored to paint directly on the canvas with his bare hands. He would slide his fingers across bright ridges of oil paint, loosening the colors, blending, blurring, and then bringing them together again. With nothing more than the stroke of a thumb or the flick of a nail, Titian's touch brought the world to life. The clinking of glasses, the clanging of swords, and the cry of a woman's grief. The sensation of hair brushing up against naked flesh, the sudden blush of unplanned desire, and the dry taste of fear in a lost, shadowy place.

Titian's art, Maria Loh argues in this exquisitely illustrated book, was and is a synesthetic experience. To see is at once to hear, to smell, to taste, and to touch. But while Titian was fully attached to the world around him, he also held the universe in his hands. Like a magician, he could conjure appearances out of thin air. Like a philosopher, his exploration into the very nature of things channelled and challenged the controversial ideas of his day. But as a painter, he created the world anew. Dogs, babies, rubies, and pearls. Falcons, flowers, gloves, and stone. Shepherds, mothers, gods, and men. Paint, canvas, blood, sweat, and tears. In a series of close visual investigations, Loh guides us through the lush, vibrant world of Titian's touch.
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Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory

Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory

Matthew Gale

$49.99
Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) was one of a generation of artists that helped transform painting during the first half of the twentieth century. As a painter, he preferred to work from memory - imaginatively capturing the spirit of a moment and expressing it through his unique handling of colour and unconventional choice of composition. Focusing on Bonnard's work from 1912-47, this book presents a variety of landscapes and intimate domestic scenes which capture the passage of time. These works are the artist's memories creatively reconstructed to convey a sense of sensuality or melancholy. As well as looking at his processes, his reliance on photography and his ability to work on different subjects side-by-side, this book relocates Bonnard in the turbulent history of his times. Although modest and withdrawn, he was a subtle witness to events - both in the wider world and his more intimate circle - that can be seen to define the ways in which he thought about and made his very personal art. Channelling to the heart of Bonnard's position as an artist who maintained continuities with the past while developing an individual expression of his engagement with the world, this sumptuously illustrated book reveals Bonnard's transition from great colourist to Modernist master, and emphasises his place within the story of twentieth-century art.
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Polixeni Papapetrou

Polixeni Papapetrou

Polixeni Papapetrou ,  Natalie King

$29.99
A new series of monographs on Australian female artists, selected with series editor Natalie King, curator and Enterprise Professor at the Victorian College of the Arts. These books are compact yet perfectly formed. They comprise 96 pages of the artist's favourite works - designed for optimum visual impact and to reach anyone who is inspired by art and beauty.

The extra frisson for these titles comes in the introduction. For each monograph, one luminary from another field will write a personal, powerful essay of 1200 words. It could be an ode to one particular painting; it could be a parallel narrative inspired by themes in the artist's work.
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Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary

Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary

Dora Ohrenstein

$39.99
In Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary, designer Dora Ohrenstein does what no crochet author has done before: She offers detailed instructions for how to create 125 stitch patterns, plus she explains how to increase and decrease each stitch pattern in three different ways-without shaping, with shaping at the edges, and with internal shaping. This hefty collection, ranging from lace and filigree to shells and textured stitches, is loaded with beautifully photographed swatches of each pattern, plus charted and text instructions. A focus on the ins and outs of shaping makes working stitch patterns far more accessible and allows the creative crocheter to make many items without a pattern. Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary will become an invaluable go-to resource that's sure to inspire legions of crocheters to use stitch patterns in new and exciting ways.
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Keiko Okamoto's Japanese Knitting Stitches: A Stitch Dictionary of 150 Amazing Patterns with 7 Sample Projects

Keiko Okamoto's Japanese Knitting Stitches: A Stitch Dictionary of 150 Amazing Patterns with 7 Sample Projects

Keiko Okamoto ,  Gayle Roehm

$29.99
Keiko Okamoto's Japanese Knitting Stitches presents 150 exquisite knitting and crochet stitches from one of Japan's most prolific and innovative designers. Her designs range from classic to ethnic to quirky - in colors ranging from earthy to vivid. Keiko Okamoto is recognized around the world for her colorful and textural stitches, and this book features beautiful color photos showing the full potential of these stitch patterns. An introduction by veteran Japanese knitting expert Gayle Roehm - translator of Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible and 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches - explains the ins and outs of using the Japanese-style knitting charts and executing the stitches in a way that is simple and easy for all knitters to understand. Full instructions and diagrams for crochet and knitting projects offer a chance to put these stitches to use.

These projects include:

A cardigan with charming crocheted strawberry garland A multi-colored, fringed neck wrap A pair of funky, sculptural arm-warmers - toasty and multi-textured A charming Fair Isle knitted basket bag A pair of fluffy, cuffed mittens An elegant A-line textured wool sweater suitable for any body type A chic Nordic-patterned short coat This book will be a prized addition to every knitter's library, and a favourite reference for years to come!
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Dior: A New Look, A New Enterprise (1947-57)

Dior: A New Look, A New Enterprise (1947-57)

Alexandra Palmer

$79.99
In 1947 Christian Dior rocked the fashion world with his New Look, which firmly secured the name of his house in the minds of the public and at the forefront of the industry. He drew on historical models of femininity and the unique skills of Parisian haute couture-as well as a myriad of suppliers-to produce stunning designs that caught the mood of optimism after the Second World War. Newly expanded and updated to accompany the V&A exhibition, 'Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams', this absorbing and beautiful book examines the seminal years of Christian Dior, 1947-57, from a truly international perspective.
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The Art of Feminism: Images that Shaped the Fight for Equality

The Art of Feminism: Images that Shaped the Fight for Equality

Helena Reckitt

$59.99
The Art of Feminism charts the birth of the feminist aesthetic and its development over two centuries that have seen profound and fast-paced change in women's lives across the globe. Includes over 350 remarkable artworks, ranging from political posters and graphics to stunning and provocative pieces of painting, sculpture, textiles, craft, performance, digital and installation art. The works included begin with poster images produced by the Suffrage Atelier in the nineteenth century, moving on to developments of both World Wars before arriving at the `birth' of feminist art in the 1960s. More recent artworks describe the development of feminism from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the present day, including examples by Zanele Muholi, Paula Rego, Lenka Clayton, Sethembile Msezane, Andrea Bowers, Tanja Ostojic, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy and Zoe Leonard. Other featured artists include Valie Export, Ketty La Rocca, Ewa Partum, Carolee Schneemann, Sanja Ivekovic, Senga Nengudi, Eva Hesse, Lynda Benglis, Suzy Lake, Barbara Kruger, Sophie Calle, Nancy Spero, Marina Abramovic, Mary Kelly, Judy Chicago, Faith Ringgold and Sonia Boyce. Edited by Helena Reckitt, with texts by Lucinda Gosling, Hilary Robinson and Amy Tobin, The Art of Feminism also includes a preface by Maria Balshaw, Director, Tate, and a foreword by Xabier Arakistain, former director of del Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea, Spain.
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Monet: The Late Years

Monet: The Late Years

George Shackelford ,  Claire Barry ,  Simon Kelly ,  Emma Cauvin

$84.99
A detailed overview of the innovation and ambition that drove one of the best-known Impressionist painters at the end of his career In the later years of his life, Claude Monet (1840-1926) stayed close to home, turning to his extraordinary garden at Giverny for inspiration. The garden became a laboratory for the artist's concentrated study of natural phenomena-and for a revolutionary shift in the appearance and execution of his paintings. This beautiful publication examines the last phase of Monet's career, beginning in 1913, bringing together approximately 60 of his greatest works from this period. More specifically, Monet: The Late Years focuses on the series that Monet invented and reinvented at Giverny, reevaluating many large-scale works that have long been considered preparatory studies, reexamining their relationship to and status as finished works. Essays by a roster of distinguished scholars address topics such as Monet's plans for displaying his late paintings, the mechanics of his painting technique, and the critical and market reception of these works. Through this visually stunning reassessment, Monet's late works, still astonishing a century later, recast the titan of Impressionism as a radical modern painter.
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