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Nobles, ladies, scholars, and merchants were the subjects of Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98-1543), an inventive German artist best known for his dazzling portraits. Holbein developed his signature style in Basel and London amid a rich culture of erudition, self-definition, and love of luxury and wit before becoming court painter to Henry VIII. Accompanying the first major Holbein exhibition in the United States, this catalogue explores his vibrant visual and intellectual approach to personal identity. In addition to reproducing many of the artist's painted and drawn portraits, this volume delves into his relationship with leading intellectuals, such as Erasmus of Rotterdam and Thomas More, as well as his contributions to publishing and book culture, meticulous inscriptions, and ingenious designs for jewels, hat badges, and other exquisite objects.
A captivating and definitive account of the final days of Van Gogh's life and the incredible story of what followed. Divided into three parts, the book first examines the eventful days from the artists' departure from the asylum in Saint-Remy and arrival in Auvers until the shooting which brought his life to an end. During this time Van Gogh completed 70 paintings in 70 days. The second part delves deeper into the story of the artist's death, which has intrigued both experts and the public for years, revealing little-known stories and uncovering overlooked accounts. We then follow the story of how Van Gogh subsequently rose from relative obscurity to international renown and ultimately fame as one of the most recognisable and popular artists in the world.
This major work, first published in 1950, is still considered the classic book on the subject. It provides a comprehensive, critical and well-illustrated survey of the portrayal of plants across over three thousand years, at a more compact size. Of the first edition, the poet and gardening writer, Vita Sackville-West said: "Let no one think this is a book only for the specialist. It is essential for the specialist, certainly, but it is also for all the flower-lovers and all those who enjoy the by-ways of biography and the added attraction of good writing". This edition contains 126 colour plates (more than twice as many as the first edition), alongside 140 black-and-white illustrations. It invites the reader to appreciate the works of the greatest botanical illustrators both past and present.
One of Britain's greatest landscape painters, John Constable (1776-1837) was brought up in Dedham Vale, the valley of the River Stour in Suffolk. The eldest son of a wealthy mill owner, he entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1800 at the age of 24, and thereafter committed himself to painting nature out of doors. His 'six-footers', such as The Hay Wain and The Leaping Horse, were designed to promote landscape as a subject and to stand out in the Academy's Annual Exhibition. Despite this, he sold few paintings in his lifetime and was elected a Royal Academician late in his career. With texts by leading authorities on the artist, this handsome book looks at the freedom of Constable's late works and records his enormous contribution to the English landscape tradition.
A collection of essential quotations from the renowned fashion designer, DJ, and stylist Abloh-isms is a collection of essential quotations from American fashion designer, DJ, and stylist Virgil Abloh, who has established himself as a major creative figure in the worlds of pop culture and art. Abloh began his career as Kanye West's creative director before founding the luxury streetwear label Off-White and becoming artistic director for Louis Vuitton, making Abloh the first American of African descent to hold that title at a French fashion house. Defying categorization, Abloh's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at museums and galleries, most notably in a major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Gathered from interviews and other sources, this selection of compelling and memorable quotations from the designer reveals his thoughts on a wide range of subjects, including creativity, passion, innovation, race, and what it means to be an artist of his generation. Lively and thought-provoking, these quotes reflect Abloh's unique perspective as a trailblazer in his fields. Select quotations from the book: "I believe that coincidence is key, but coincidence is energies coming towards each other. You have to be moving to meet it." "Life is collaboration. Where I think art can be sort of misguided is that it propagates this idea of itself as a solo love affair-one person, one idea, no one else involved." "Black influence has created a new ecosystem, which can grow and support different types of life that we couldn't before." "Like it or not, irrelevance is death."
Best known for his lavish and whimsical paintings of bunnies, butterflies and birds, Hunt Slonem is a painter, sculptor and interior designer with a distinct neo-expressionist style. This sumptuous new volume is the first in a decade to examine his distinctive creations across genres. Scholarly yet accessible texts by leading critics offer new perspectives, celebrating Slonem's full artistic vision. Combining intimate views of his lovingly restored historic mansions and unique interior furnishings, his multi-media sculpture, iconic paintings and seminal works, this book will be essential for all who love the elegant and exotic worlds of Hunt Slonem.
Provincial towns in Britain grew in size and importance in the eighteenth century. Ports such as Glasgow and Liverpool greatly expanded, while industrial centres such as Birmingham and Manchester flourished. Market towns outside London developed as commercial centres or as destinations offering spa treatments as in Bath, horse racing in Newmarket or naval services in Portsmouth. Containing over 100 images of towns in England, Wales and Scotland, this book draws on the extensive Gough collection in the Bodleian Library. Contemporary prints and drawings provide a powerful visual record of the development of the town in this period, and finely drawn prospects and maps - made with greater accuracy than ever before - reveal their early development. This book also includes perceptive observations from the journals and letters of collector Richard Gough (1735-1809), who travelled throughout the country on the cusp of the industrial age.
Following in the outstanding success of the first edition, this wonderful celebration of landscape photography shortlists the winning photographs from the second Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. 'Take a view', the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, is the brainchild of Charlie Waite, one of today's most respected landscape photographers. Together with AA Publishing, he has created this prestigious competition and award, which was hugely successful in its first year. Britain's heritage is celebrated by people around the world and entries are welcome from everyone, whether resident in the UK or simply visiting, as long as the image is of the British Isles. The full-colour book of best entries will showcase the best pictures from amateur and professional photographers alike.
From the talented artists behind the art and lifestyle brand The Oliver Gal Artist Co. comes this gorgeous creativity workbook with 35 chic projects to create and color. In Create Beautiful, Oliver Gal's unique, modern aesthetic is made accessible to everyone with simple tutorials incorporating their favorite art techniques-painting, dripping, pouring, and embellishing-and coloring pages showcasing their favorite themes-fashion, florals, travel, and design. Complete with templates printed with Oliver Gal's signature artworks that can be torn out and embellished, this is the perfect book to encourage your inner artist. Add a pop of color, a dash of sparkle, and lots of inspiration to your home and life with Create Beautiful.
From Lorna Scobie, the best-selling author of the 365 Days of series, this interactive play deck gets your creative juices flowing with 52 fun and easy art prompts. Do you struggle with finding time for creativity? Do you need help with finding inspiration? Here you will find a variety of daily drawing challenges that will inspire your passion for creativity and self-expression along the way. Take them with you while out on a walk in the park; pack them in your suitcase or use them the next time you have some friends over for dinner. Art Club is the perfect springboard for creative ideas, for developing your painting skills and helping you find and master your own drawing style.
The number one best-selling series on Amazon on how to draw cute stuff, kawaii style! This fifth book in the 'Kawaii' series is resplendent with the cutest landmarks you could imagine, including Rome's Trevi Fountain, the Sydney Opera House, Japan's Mount Fuji, the Hollywood Sign in the USA and a Mexican Day of the Dead skull. Angela's practical how-to approach helps artists experience the world from home and learn to draw it in adorably cute kawaii style. There are clear step-by-step diagrams that are great for visual learners and make it super-easy to follow the instructions. The wonderful objects are organized by the countries from which they hail and each opening spread is a picture postcard from a different destination focusing on landmarks, creatures, customs, costumes, foods and transport, all drawn in Angela's trademark playful style. Draw iconic things from all corners of the globe in your own home in the cutest kawaii style!
Many people crave a creative outlet, but more often than not, don't know where to start. In Blue, Valentina Zucchi and Viola Niccolai invite you to nurture your creativity and build your confidence by taking inspiration from modern works of art that celebrate blue, perhaps the best-loved colour of all. Discover the most important blues, ones that the all-time greatest painters have used in order to paint velvet, mountains, Madonnas, angels, skies and storms. Throughout the book, Valentina and Viola provide creative and fun prompts - many based on famous works of art - which will encourage you to draw or paint on the pages using various techniques. Packed with inspiration from the world's most celebrated artists, including the ancient Egyptians, John Constable, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Yves Klein and more, you will discover the many meanings of blue and just some of the innumerable stories that bring it to life. Blue is a short course in unlocking your creative self - perfect for budding artists of all ages who are keen to try out different artistic techniques and materials, and begin their artistic journey.
Many people crave a creative outlet, but more often than not, don't know where to start. In Red, Valentina Zucchi and Paolo d'Altan invite you to nurture your creativity and build your confidence by taking inspiration from modern works of art that celebrate the prince of colours, red. Discover the reds best-loved by artists - from Tyrian purple to crimson red - which have been used since prehistoric times to conjure up many things, from fire and danger to blood, love and passion. Throughout the book, Valentina and Paolo provide creative and fun prompts - many based on famous works of art - which will encourage you to draw or paint on the pages using various techniques. Packed with inspiration from the world's most celebrated artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Rothko, Titian, Matisse and more, you will discover the many meanings of red and just some of the ways it can be used to express your creative passion. Red is a short course in unlocking your creative self - perfect for budding artists of all ages who are keen to try out different artistic techniques and materials and begin their artistic journey.
This book deals with the theme of landscape in a transversal way, by presenting a set of important works by Gustave Courbet (mainly from the collections of the Gustave Institute and the Courbet d'Ornans Museum) and other 19th century artists - collaborators or friends of Courbet - who have fully embraced nature and the landscape, putting them at the heart of their artistic approaches. Among other things, will be revealed the involvement of Saint-Claude's George Besson (1882- 1971), who worked for the acquisition of Courbet's birthplace - which would later house the museum - then that of Guy Bardone (1927-2015), donor of the collection preserved by the Abbey Museum, who would then be General Secretary of the Courbet Institute for nearly 15 years. Text in English and French.
Since its first publication, The Artist's Way has inspired the genius of Elizabeth Gilbert, Tim Ferriss and millions of readers to embark on a creative journey and find a deeper connection to process and purpose. Julia Cameron guides readers in uncovering problems and pressure points that may be restricting their creative flow and offers techniques to open up opportunities for self-growth and self-discovery. The program begins with Cameron's most vital tools for creative recovery: The Morning Pages and The Artist Date. From there, she shares hundreds of exercises, activities, and prompts to help readers thoroughly explore each chapter. A revolutionary programme for personal renewal, The Artist's Way will help get you back on track, rediscover your passions, and take the steps you need to change your life.
Invite in another wonderful year of kawaii kitties with this 16-month wall calendar featuring 13 full-color illustrations of lovable kawaii cats in adorable scenes as they have too much fun throughout the year. With a handy page that shows the months of September, October, November, and December 2021, followed by individual pages for the months of 2022, this 12" x 12" wall calendar features original kawaii kitten art from popular Instagram artist Bichi Mao (@bichi.mao). Enjoy all the cattitude these quirky kittens give off as they swarm your year. These cute feline friends do all sorts of adorable things and will help make 2022 an uplifting year. Aside from being their inspiring selves doing daily activities, these kitties get dolled up for their holiday best for Valentine's Day, Saint Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Kawaii Kitties 2022 is the perfect gift for the artistic friend, lover of super-cute everything, Japanese culture aficionado, or crazy cat lady in your life!
Johann Wilhelm Weinmann was an apothecary who established a botanic garden in Regensburg and set about producing a highly detailed catalogue of plants and their uses, with illustrations commissioned from some of the finest engravers of the time. The resulting Phytanthoza Iconographia is an immense work, contained within several volumes published between 1737 and 1745. It features no fewer than 1,025 beautiful colour plates - including early examples of colour mezzotint - of all manner of fruit and vegetables. Three of the exquisite plates are reproduced in this lovely set of A5 softback notebooks: the perfect gift for gardeners and connoisseurs of botanical illustration.
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