Author: Nikolaĭ Ivanovich Feshin
Author: Valentin Serov, Dmitri V. Sarabianov
Publisher: Parkstone International
Among the “young peredvizhniki” who joined the World of Art group, the most brilliant portraitist was Valentin Serov. Like many of his contemporaries, he delighted in painting out of doors, and some of his most appealing portraits – such as Girl with Peaches, Girl in Sunlight and In Summer - owe their naturalness to their setting or to the interplay of sunlight and shadows. Indeed, Serov regarded them as “studies” rather than portraits, giving them descriptive titles that omitted the sitter's name. The subject of Girl with Peaches – painted when Serov was only twenty-two – was in fact Mamontov's daughter Vera. The model for In Summer was Serov's wife. When only six years old, Serov began to display signs of artistic talent. At nine years old, Repin acted as his teacher and mentor, giving him lessons in his studio in Paris, then let Serov work with him in Moscow, almost like an apprentice. Eventually Repin sent him to study with Pavel Chistiakov – the teacher of many of the World of Art painters, including Nesterov and Vrubel. Chistiakov was to become a close friend. Because Serov's career spanned such a long period, his style and subject matter vary considerably, ranging from voluptuous society portraits (the later ones notable for their grand style and sumptuous dresses) to sensitive studies of children. Utterly different from any of these is the famous nude study of the dancer Ida Rubinstein, in tempera and charcoal on canvas, which he painted towards the end of his life. Although Serov's early style has much in common with the French Impressionists, he did not become acquainted with their work until after he had painted pictures such as Girl with Peaches.
Author: Joaquín Sorolla, Blanca Pons-Sorolla
A new survey of the best works by the elusive and spectacular Spanish Impressionist Joaquín Sorolla. Often compared to his contemporary, the American artist John Singer Sargent, Joaquín Sorolla (1863–1923) was a master draftsman and painter of landscapes, formal portraits, and monumental, historically themed canvases. Highly influenced by French Impressionism, the Valencian artist was a master plein-air painter known for his luminous seaside scenes of frolicking youths and for vivid depictions of Spanish rural life and its pleasures and customs. This beautifully designed and produced volume brings together one hundred of Sorolla’s major paintings, selected by his great-granddaughter Blanca Pons-Sorolla, the foremost authority on the artist. Benefiting from close proximity to the artist and his personal archives, she presents an in-depth essay that explores Sorolla’s life, work, and remarkable international legacy. With virtually all of the artist’s previous publications now out of print, this much-anticipated volume is an important addition to the literature on this great Spanish master.
Author: Johan Cederlund, Hans Henrik Brummer, Per Hedström, Per Hedstrom, James A. Ganz, Anders Zorn
"Published ... on the occasion of the exhibition Anders Zorn: Sweden's master painter on view at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, November 9, 2013-February 2, 2014, and at the National Academy Museum, New York, February 27-May 18, 2014"--Colophon.
Author: Julie Anderies Curator
At the heart of the vibrant cultural mix of the Taos Art Colony, in what may have been its most vibrant phase – the ’teens and ’twenties of the Twentieth Century – Indians, Spanish, Anglos and Europeans alike found Ralph Meyers (1885-1948). The first white man to establish trade with Taos Pueblo, he was also the guide and often the builder and outfitter for the members of the Taos Society of Artists. Fluent with all the cultures of Taos, he absorbed cultural traditions of woodcarving, silver smithing, beading, weaving, and leather working from native and Hispanic peoples with whom he maintained close relationships. Perhaps most remarkably, with no formal training in art and only a third grade education, he watched the academically trained artists from the eastern U.S., from Europe, and from Russia whom he guided into the mountains on sketching and camping trips and taught himself to paint… with such success that Leon Gaspard called him “one of the finest colorists in Taos.” Scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Taos Society of Artists, A Taos Original: Ralph Meyers, and the Taos Society of Artists, tells the compelling story of a self-taught, self-reliant outsider whose life and vision helped shaped the country’s understanding of the West, and the world’s understanding of American art.
Author: Miriam Hapgood DeWitt
"In the summer of 1929 twenty-three-year-old Miriam Hapgood, who had never been west of New York, came to Taos, New Mexico, to visit Mabel Dodge Luhan. Miriam's parents, Hutchins Hapgood and Neith Boyce, both well-known writers at the time, were old friends of Mabel's. They had sent Miriam to Taos in the hope that it would cure the depression that had plagued her for two years. Miriam responded immediately to this magical place. She spent the summer with Mabel, stayed on into fall, and then persuaded her father to buy her a small house in Taos. In this posthumously published memoir she describes that summer and the next twelve years of her life, during which she married, became a mother, and saw the unraveling of her marriage. Her beautifully told story with its fascinating glimpses of Mabel Dodge Luhan and her circle of artist and celebrity friends - among the people Miriam met in Taos were Georgia O'Keeffe, John Marin, and Leopold Stokowski - is a moving account of a young woman's coming of age and shaping an identity of her own quite different from that of her remarkable parents. Her book is valuable both for the light it sheds on the famous and for its illumination of the lives of women in general."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Author: Shari Halpern
"Illustrations and simple, rhyming text present a wide variety of dinosaurs. Includes "dinosaur factoids".
Gerald of Wales was among the most dynamic and fascinating churchmen of the twelfth century. A member of one of the leading Norman families involved in the invasion of Ireland, he first visited there in 1183 and later returned in the entourage of Henry II. The resulting Topographia Hiberniae is an extraordinary account of his travels. Here he describes landscapes, fish, birds and animals; recounts the history of Ireland's rulers; and tells fantastical stories of magic wells and deadly whirlpools, strange creatures and evil spirits. Written from the point of view of an invader and reformer, this work has been rightly criticized for its portrait of a primitive land, yet it is also one of the most important sources for what is known of Ireland during the Middle Ages.
The art of portraiture approached its apex during the sixteenth century in Europe with the discovery of oil painting when the old masters developed and refined techniques that remain unsurpassed to this day. The ascendance of nonrepresentational art in the middle of the twentieth century displaced these venerable skills, especially in academic art circles. Fortunately for aspiring artists today who wish to learn the methods that allowed the Old Masters to achieve the luminous color and subtle tonalities so characteristic of their work, this knowledge has been preserved in hundreds of small traditional painting ateliers that persevered in the old ways in this country and throughout the world. Coming out of this dedicated movement, Portrait Painting Atelier is an essential resource for an art community still recovering from a time when solid instruction in art technique was unavailable in our schools. Of particular value here is a demonstration of the Old Masters’ technique of layering paint over a toned-ground surface, a process that builds from the transparent dark areas to the more densely painted lights. This method unifies the entire painting, creating a beautiful glow that illuminates skin tones and softly blends all the color tones. Readers will also find valuable instruction in paint mediums from classic oil-based to alkyd-based, the interactive principles of composition and photograph-based composition, and the anatomy of the human face and the key relationships among its features. Richly illustrated with the work of preeminent masters such as Millet, Géricault, and van Gogh, as well as some of today’s leading portrait artists—and featuring seven detailed step-by-step portrait demonstrations—Portrait Painting Atelier is the first book in many years to so comprehensively cover the concepts and techniques of traditional portraiture. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Joaquín Sorolla, José María Faerna
The Russian Vision
Author: David Jackson
Publisher: ACC Distribution
Ilya Repin (1844-1930) is a key figure of Russian nineteenth-century realism; his career spanned a period of huge cultural, social and political change, bearing witness to the challenge to the Russian autocracy, the coming of the October Revolution and the dawn of the Soviet Union. From humble peasant beginnings Repin rose to a place of artistic pre-eminence and international acclaim and was the most important influence in shaping a distinctly Russian school of art. Through a series of successful but controversial works he addressed such issues as the hard lives of the peasants, the fate of revolutionary activists and Russian history, as well as painting some of the nation's greatest cultural figures, many of whom - such as Tolstoy, Mussorgsky and Gorky - he counted as personal friends. The Russian Vision: The Art of Ilya Repin presents the life and work of the most celebrated Russian painted of his generation. A comprehensive survey of Repin's oeuvre, featuring a wealth of little-seen paintings; dramatic, distinctive images that evoke the hardships, pleasures and everyday routines of Russian society in the twilight years of Tsarist rule. Having declined in the twentieth century, Repin's reputation is growing again. Combining close readings of all his major canvases, as well as many of his lesser-known works, within the broader context of Russian art, society and culture, written in an accessible style, David Jackson's book, featuring more than 100 colour plates of Repin's work, and telling the story of his life, will do much to help restore his stature.