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Books > Arts & Architecture > Art forms, treatments & subjects > Art treatments & subjects > Iconography, subjects depicted in art > Nature in art, still life, landscapes & seascapes

Waterfalls of Michigan - Your Guide to the Most Beautiful Waterfalls (Paperback): Greg Kretovic Waterfalls of Michigan - Your Guide to the Most Beautiful Waterfalls (Paperback)
Greg Kretovic
R292 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R53 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Your guide to Michigan's most beautiful waterfalls Waterfalls create a feeling of serenity, a sense of restrained power. Their grandeur takes our breath away. Their gentle sounds complement periods of meditation. Hundreds of waterfalls decorate the scenery across Michigan's Upper Peninsula, from the Munising area's many impressive waterfalls, like Miners Falls and Wagner Falls, to the most famous falls in the state: Tahquamenon Falls. This comprehensive guidebook covers more than 100 of the most beautiful and impressive among them. Organized geographically and ranked by beauty, Waterfalls of Michigan makes it simple to find the best waterfalls, as well as the ones nearest you. This informative guidebook by Greg Kretovic features all the information you need, including directions, distance, hike difficulty, and more. Professional photographs of every waterfall are paired with important details, including height, photography tips, and the best time of year to visit. A curated look at the locales, including not-to-miss sights and activities on-site, as well as things to do in the surrounding area, make this your essential guide to seeing the best waterfalls of the Great Lake State!

Rottweiler (English, Spanish, Paperback): W Jonas Rottweiler (English, Spanish, Paperback)
W Jonas
R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Botanical Drawing In Color (Paperback): Wendy Hollender Botanical Drawing In Color (Paperback)
Wendy Hollender
R516 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R192 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book contains lessons that are developed in a basic step-by-step process that builds in complexity. All demonstrations feature the delicate, exquisitely rendered, botanically accurate work of the author. A thorough immersion in the art of botanical drawing, this book will attract both aspiring and more experienced artists seeking scientific accuracy and the illusion of 3-dimension in their botanical artwork. Based on author Wendy Hollender's classroom demonstrations at the New York Botanical Garden, "Botanical Drawing in Color" is grounded in the basic principles of drawing as they apply to the botanical forms of plants and flowers. Coloured pencil techniques and colour theory are introduced to help artists create realistic forms and naturalistic colours. An emphasis is placed on close observation of plants and their life cycle, so that readers can deepen their understanding of the natural world.

Birds - The Art of Ornithology (Hardcover, Reformatted ed with new cover): Jonathan Elphick Birds - The Art of Ornithology (Hardcover, Reformatted ed with new cover)
Jonathan Elphick
R526 R422 Discovery Miles 4 220 Save R104 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This historical survey tells the remarkable story of the development of bird art through the centuries. From the early, skilfully executed and decorative but often fanciful images of birds, to scientific illustrations produced during the ages of exploration, to modern approaches to capturing the essence of these freest of all creatures on the page or canvas. The outstanding selection of images from the unrivalled collection at the Natural History Museum includes exquisitely crafted works from some of the most famous natural history artists ever published including Audubon, Gould, MacGillivray, and Bauer. They are complemented by detailed, lively text, which interweaves ornithological science, art history, biography and travel. With fascinating details of the lives of both the artists and the birds they painted, a vivid picture is revealed. This landmark book will fascinate anyone interested in birds, natural history and art, and it is relaunched in a striking new format for autumn 2013.

Towards the Light - The Paintings of Ornulf Opdahl (Paperback): William Varley Towards the Light - The Paintings of Ornulf Opdahl (Paperback)
William Varley; Edited by Mara-Helen Wood
R841 R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Save R206 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Caspar David Friedrich (Hardcover): Johannes Grave Caspar David Friedrich (Hardcover)
Johannes Grave
R886 R664 Discovery Miles 6 640 Save R222 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"A painting must stand as a painting, made by human hand," wrote Caspar David Friedrich, "not seek to disguise itself as Nature." One of his generation's most popular painters, Friedrich imagined landscapes of powerful beauty and spirituality from within the confines of his studios. This breathtaking monograph, filled with glorious reproductions and details of his paintings, argues for Friedrich's reputation as a sublime artist and interpreter of nature. In his thoughtful and well-researched commentary, author Johannes Grave explores Friedrich's approach to landscape painting as well as his revolutionary thoughts about how these paintings should be received by their viewers. Looking closely at pieces such as Monk by the Sea, Abbey in the Oakwood, and the Tetschener Altar, Grave shows how Friedrich developed an innovative approach to landscape painting, one that communicated a new sense of space and time, and which draws the viewer into a unique aesthetic experience. Highly readable, insightful, and copiously illustrated, this compelling book sheds crucial light on Friedrich's celebrated body of work.

George Shaw - My Back to Nature (Hardcover): George Shaw George Shaw - My Back to Nature (Hardcover)
George Shaw; Introduction by Colin Wiggins
R488 R461 Discovery Miles 4 610 Save R27 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In 2014, the contemporary painter George Shaw (b. 1966) began a two-year post as associate artist in the National Gallery, London. This book documents his experiences there, as well as the work he produced in response to the Gallery's collection. Shaw is known for his minutely detailed and luminously atmospheric depictions of the urban landscape and woodlands of central England. Painting scenes from his native region, Shaw meditates on the central themes of relationships, ancestry, and love. His preferred medium, Humbrol enamel paint, is a deliberate means of distancing himself from the traditions of oil painting-and, it might seem, from the values embedded in the National Gallery itself. Yet as a teenager in Coventry, Shaw was fascinated by the Gallery, traveling regularly to London to draw from those artists he found inspiring. This engaging volume reproduces his first series of paintings on canvas, together with working drawings and an essay by the artist himself.

A Coming of Age - Celebrating 18 Years of Botanical Painting for the Eden Project (Hardcover): The Eden Florilegium Society A Coming of Age - Celebrating 18 Years of Botanical Painting for the Eden Project (Hardcover)
The Eden Florilegium Society
R612 R475 Discovery Miles 4 750 Save R137 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Society was founded in 2000 to record plants in Cornwall and those held at The Eden Project in particular, which opened its gates to the public in the same year. There are over 140 paintings in the archives donated by 31 different artists, many of whom exhibit nationally and internationally and hold RHS Gold medals for their work. `Each artist donates their time and their paintings generously to The Archives and The Trustees of The Eden Project. In gratitude and in order to acknowledge their generosity, skill and talent, this book has been written and compiled to help bring their work to a wider audience and demonstrate the quality of botanical illustration held by the Trustees. I hope it inspires our current members (of which there are 22 actively painting) to continue to paint and document this inspirational collection of plants, and others to join. This is my gift to these very special people.' Ros Franklin, Chairman of the `Flori'. `The Eden Florilegium Society creates artworks that not only celebrate the real beauty and diversity of the Plant Kingdom but also stand up to scientific scrutiny. The society's members invest their own time and resources to produce these truly exquisite, scientifically accurate illustrations of some of Eden's favourite plants.' - Chris Bisson Policy Development Manager Eden Project `It is essential that florilegias should continue to exist. In our adapting world with so many environmental changes, both natural and man-made, a true botanical study of a plant is as relevant today as it was in the 18th century.' - Mally Francis FLS, FEPFS . `When you view the works in the Florilegium, try to quell any impatience you might have and dwell a little time on each work. By looking closely you see into the wonder of living things, their complexity and their total fitness for purpose. Only by allowing yourself this luxury of time can you feel that tingling go up your spine which signals a glimpse of something very special.' - Sir Tim Smit KBE

Bringing Back the Birds - Exploring Migration and Preserving Birdscapes Throughout the Americas (Hardcover): American Bird... Bringing Back the Birds - Exploring Migration and Preserving Birdscapes Throughout the Americas (Hardcover)
American Bird Conservancy; Photographs by Owen Deutsch
R681 R531 Discovery Miles 5 310 Save R150 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Inquisitive Eyes - Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex (Paperback): Gwen Yarker Inquisitive Eyes - Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex (Paperback)
Gwen Yarker
R473 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R24 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Baja California Peninsula 101 - 101 Ways to Explore Baja (Paperback): Giovanni Simeone Baja California Peninsula 101 - 101 Ways to Explore Baja (Paperback)
Giovanni Simeone; Text written by Felix; Illustrated by Monica Parussolo
R466 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R95 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Karl Blossfeldt: Masterworks (Hardcover): Karl Blossfeldt Karl Blossfeldt: Masterworks (Hardcover)
Karl Blossfeldt
R1,101 R852 Discovery Miles 8 520 Save R249 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Van Gogh and Nature (Hardcover): Richard Kendall, Sjraar Van Heugten, Chris Stolwijk Van Gogh and Nature (Hardcover)
Richard Kendall, Sjraar Van Heugten, Chris Stolwijk
R856 R790 Discovery Miles 7 900 Save R66 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A revelatory study of the importance of nature in Van Gogh's art throughout his life in Holland and France The celebrated painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) had a lifelong fascination with the natural world. He spent his youth in rural Holland, and the country's flat landscapes, trees, flowers, and birds would feature in his early art. After he moved to Paris, he encountered new radical thinking about art and humanity's changing relationship with nature. Later, in Provence and Auvers, he discovered unfamiliar terrain, flora, and fauna that further influenced his artistic ideas and subject matter. Van Gogh's images of such diverse environments reflect not only his immediate surroundings but also the artist's evolving engagement with nature and art. Van Gogh and Nature is an eye-opening and beautifully produced catalogue, which accompanied the best-attended special exhibition in the Clark Art Institute's history. It chronicles the artist's ongoing relationship with nature throughout his entire career. Among the featured works are Van Gogh's drawings and paintings, along with related materials that illuminate his reading, sources, and influences. Vivid color photography and explanatory texts based on new research by the authors clarify a central theme of Van Gogh's oeuvre.

Art and Animals (Paperback): Giovanni Aloi Art and Animals (Paperback)
Giovanni Aloi
R458 R432 Discovery Miles 4 320 Save R26 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

'Art is continually haunted by the animal', wrote Deleuze and Guattari. Over the past two decades, animals have quite literally invaded the gallery space, from Joseph Beuys' co-habiting with a coyote, Janis Kounelli's instillation of live horses, Damien Hirst's shark in formaldehyde to Mark Dion's natural history displays and Marco Evaristti's 'goldfish in a blender'. In this latest addition to the highly acclaimed 'Art and...' series, Giovanni Aloi surveys the insistent presence of animals in the world of contemporary art, exploring the leading concepts which inform this emerging practice. From exhibitions featuring live animals, to taxidermy, and interspecies communication, Giovanni Aloi explores how animals feature in modern art with a range of thought-provoking and innovative visual representations. Art and Animals challenges ideas of identity, 'otherness' and civilisation by explaining the role animals have occupied in our cultural development and illustrating their presence in the visual arts today.

The National Parks of the United States - A Photographic Journey (Hardcover): Andrew Thomas The National Parks of the United States - A Photographic Journey (Hardcover)
Andrew Thomas
R826 R652 Discovery Miles 6 520 Save R174 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A stunning photography book featuring all 59 U.S. National Parks, published to coincide with the National Parks Service's centennial The National Parks of the United States is a stunning tribute to some of the most spectacular and diverse scenery in the world. From the peaks of Colorado to the glaciers of Alaska, from the volcanoes of Hawaii to the everglades of Florida, this handsome volume features all 59 National Parks, even the de-listed, forgotten three located in Michigan, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. The book also provides useful details for each park including nearest city, coordinates, and size. Adding further inspirational content are personal reflections on the area quoted from a variety of perspectives, including park rangers, explorers and famous personalities such as Mark Twain, Babe Ruth and Harry S. Truman. With a map overview of all the parks and sections dedicated to the wildlife and other protected areas, this book is a complete, breathtaking compilation of the splendor the United States park system has to offer.

Literary Chickens (Hardcover): Beth Moon Literary Chickens (Hardcover)
Beth Moon; Foreword by Isabella Rossellini; Afterword by Jane Goodall; Commentary by Melissa Caughey, Collier Brown
R613 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R129 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From the best-selling photographer of Ancient Trees, an arresting collection of black-and-white chicken portraits paired with quotations from classic literature

Fierce, funny, and flamboyant, fifty-two heritage-breed chickens assess the camera with a keen gaze. By focusing on the faces of her avian subjects, Beth Moon reveals them to us not just as beautiful and exotic creatures, but as individuals in their own right.

Moon’s intimate portraits capture a startling range of emotions and personalities, underscored by excerpts from literature. A martial Spanish White Face is flanked by a passage from Beowulf; a fantastical Buff-Laced Polish, by a line from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and a refined Blue Polish, by a character sketch from Swann’s Way.

An essay by chicken keeper and best-selling author Melissa Caughey and cultural critic Collier Brown sheds additional light on this fresh and remarkable body of work, which will appeal to animal lovers and literature buffs alike.

A Closer Look: Landscape (Paperback): Erika Langmuir A Closer Look: Landscape (Paperback)
Erika Langmuir
R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Landscape is probably the most popular type of painting, but anyone who has ever been disappointed by vacation photographs knows how difficult it is to turn a view into a picture. This book shows how artists in past centuries translated outdoor space and light into paint, and how landscape imagery evolved from mere ornament into a visual metaphor of the human condition. The story is told from its beginnings in Roman mural decoration, through the Renaissance transformation of landscape into a vehicle for feelings and ideas, to the Impressionist revolution and beyond. The continuing relevance of art to how we see the world, and our place in it, is demonstrated through a practical discussion of optics of real and painted landscape, illustrated with works from the National Gallery, London.

Rory McEwen - The Colours of Reality (revised edition) (Hardcover, Revised edition): Martyn Rix Rory McEwen - The Colours of Reality (revised edition) (Hardcover, Revised edition)
Martyn Rix 1
R859 R659 Discovery Miles 6 590 Save R200 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is a revised edition of the bestselling book about the life and work of artist and musician Rory McEwen (1932-82). A legend in his lifetime and still admired thirty years after his death, his main legacy is the wonderfully luminous and detailed flower paintings he produced throughout his life, of anemones, auriculas, tulips, fritillaries, and of often battered, dying leaves or mouldering vegetables.

Flowers for Lisa: A Series of Photographic Inventions (Hardcover): Abelardo Morell Flowers for Lisa: A Series of Photographic Inventions (Hardcover)
Abelardo Morell; Contributions by Lawrence Weschler
R1,204 R799 Discovery Miles 7 990 Save R405 (34%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Best known for his surreal camera obscura pictures and luminous black-and-white photographs of books, photographer Abelardo Morell now turns his transformative lens to one of the most common of artistic subjects, the flower. The concept for Flowers for Lisa emerged when Morell gave his wife, Lisa, a photograph of flowers on her birthday. "Flowers are part of a long tradition of still life in art," writes Morell. "Precisely because flowers are such a conventional subject, I felt a strong desire to describe them in new, inventive ways." With nods to the work of Jan Brueghel, Edouard Manet, Georgia O'Keeffe, Rene Magritte, and others, Morell does just that; the images are as innovative as they are arresting.

Indiana's Lost National Road (Paperback): David Humphrey Indiana's Lost National Road (Paperback)
David Humphrey; Foreword by Dan Carpenter
R433 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R90 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Minnesota Loons (Paperback): Joyce Mrosla Minnesota Loons (Paperback)
Joyce Mrosla
R339 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R107 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Picturing the Americas - Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic (Hardcover): Peter John Brownlee, Valeria... Picturing the Americas - Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic (Hardcover)
Peter John Brownlee, Valeria Piccoli, Georgiana Uhlyarik
R1,296 R1,178 Discovery Miles 11 780 Save R118 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A bold and richly illustrated survey of the traditions and stylistic evolution of landscape painting in the Americas As nations in the Americas gained independence in the early 19th century, a pictorial landscape tradition emerged. By 1840, landscape painting had become the primary medium for articulating conceptions of land and nation in the development of North and South American cultural identity. Picturing the Americas offers the first comprehensive treatment of this genre on both American continents, bringing into dialogue the landscape traditions of artists practicing between 1840 and 1940. The catalogue is brilliantly illustrated with 260 color images, including works by U.S. artists Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, and Georgia O'Keeffe; Canadian artists Joseph Legare, Frances Anne Hopkins, and Lawren Harris; Mexico's Jose Maria Velasco, Uruguay's Joaquin Torres-Garcia, and Brazil's Tarsila do Amaral, among many others. Leading scholars offer a Pan-American perspective on these landscape traditions: essays consider the emergence of modernism, as well as how the development of landscape imagery reflects the intricately intertwined geographies and sociopolitical histories of the peoples, nations, regions, and diasporas of the two continents.

Slothlove (Hardcover): Sam Trull Slothlove (Hardcover)
Sam Trull
R389 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R69 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Sublime Impressions - Prints and Printmakers of the Grand Canyon (Hardcover): Lindsay Leard-Coolidge Sublime Impressions - Prints and Printmakers of the Grand Canyon (Hardcover)
Lindsay Leard-Coolidge
R500 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R100 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Frightening Faun! - Images of the Faun, from Antiquity to Picasso (French, English, Hardcover): Ivonne Papin-Drastik Frightening Faun! - Images of the Faun, from Antiquity to Picasso (French, English, Hardcover)
Ivonne Papin-Drastik
R899 R703 Discovery Miles 7 030 Save R196 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Between myths and representations, this book explores the different sides of this mysterious creature: hybrid, mischievous, erotic -in creating a dialogue between works of different centuries and techniques. The exhibition shows the extent to which the subject has always fascinated and inspired artists. Presenting 170 works - paintings, sculptures, sketches, etchings and ceramics - dating from the 5th century BC to the 20th century, the volume includes playful, tender or childlike representations of the faun created by Picasso, which he began during his stay in Antibes in 1946. Text in English and French.

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