L.S. Lowry's famous urban landscapes and self-titled 'matchstick men' have captured the imagination of generation after generation. Get a sense of this work with this week-to-view desk diary in association with The Lowry filled with his myriad drawings and paintings.
Author: Flame Tree Studio
Publisher: SQUARE REGIONAL
** Selected as a Book of the Year in The Times, Sunday Times and Observer ** 'Compulsively readable - the pages seem to turn themselves' John Carey, Sunday Times 'Brings one of the very greatest [artists] vividly to life' Literary Review Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends. He was a gentle and empathetic family man, but had a volatility that could lead him to slash his paintings, and a loose libidinous way of speaking, writing and behaving that shocked many deeply. He would be dynamite in polite society today. In this exhilarating new biography - the first in decades - James Hamilton reveals Gainsborough in his many contexts: the easy-going Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion by a natural talent; the rake-on-the-make in London, learning his art in the shadow of Hogarth; falling on his feet when he married a duke's daughter with a handsome private income; the top society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by bringing the right people into his studio; the charming and amusing friend of George III and Queen Charlotte who nevertheless kept clear of the aristocratic embrace. There has been much art history written about this chameleon of art, but with fresh insights into original sources, Gainsborough: A Portrait transforms our understanding of this fascinating man, and enlightens the century that bore him.
Author: James Hamilton
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Artist Geoff Kersey has spent years painting the unique landscapes of the Peak District. From the greenery of the Dovedale Valley through to picturesque villages, magnificent views and the grandeur of Chatsworth House, his paintings showcase the area through the seasons.
Author: Geoff Kersey
Category: Landscape painting
"Use a range of simple motifs to build up stunning afghans, blankets and throws. Featuring 10 irresistible projects, and color variations for 20 more, this inspiring, easy-to-follow book contains both written instructions and crochet charts, as well as an illustrated guide to building each afghan block by block."--Back cover.
A Block-By-Block Guide to Creating Colourful Afghans and Throws
Author: Amanda Perkins
Category: Afghans (Coverlets)
Treasury of portraits, character studies, nudes, more, by great Viennese Expressionist. Characteristic focus on inner psychological states, hidden personality traits of subjects.
Author: Egon Schiele
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Whether for work on a finished piece, trying a new technique, or getting in some practice time, this figure study enables artists to work when and where they want with their choice of model, pose, and view. The latest in the series features 12 new male and female art models—as well as Becca from the previous book—in a collection of poses selected by readers and visitors to the authors' website. The contrast has also been increased in many of the photos to provide deeper, more challenging shadows. While the guide includes individuals and couples with a wide range of body types in natural, relaxed stances as well as some inspired by classical works of art, the primary focus is on dynamic poses—twisting, scrunching, reaching, and even fighting. Poses are precisely lit, revealing every area of the model, and have been carefully chosen to illustrate important effects such as foreshortening and perspective changes. A judicious amount of photo retouching is done, not to make the models more glamorous or plastic, but to remove distractions that detract from the essence of the models. The PC- and Mac-compatible DVD-ROM included in the book features more than 1,200 high-resolution photos available in a number of viewing options—on a computer screen, printed out, projected for a group, or via a high-definition television. Each angle of every pose may also be enlarged, enabling artists to zoom in on specific body parts to achieve a higher level of detail.
Life Nude Photos for the Visual Arts
Author: Douglas Johnson,Maureen Johnson
A stunning selection of over 30 astronomical images that will take your breath away. Produced in connection with the Royal Observatory Greenwich's Astronomy Photographer of the Year award this week-to-view desk diary features some of the finest examples of astronomy captured by some of the most talented photographers.
Author: Flame Tree Studio
Turner's sketchbooks' offer perhaps themost appealing introduction to the artist. They give us a privileged look over Turner's shoulder, allowing us to witness the creation and development of ideas that can be traced through to his major paintings. In the absence of detailed written accounts of his extensive travels, the notebooks are also a record of his impressions of the many places he visited across Britain and Europe. This book is the first to survey the full range of Turner's sketchbooks, beginning with his teenage efforts and culminating in the atmospheric colour studies of his last years.
Author: Ian Warrell
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Category: Artists' preparatory studies
This is a timely study of the life and work of L.S. Lowry, as well as his contribution to the development of 20th-century British art.
Author: T. J. Clark,Anne M. Wagner
Adolphe Valette was an exceptionally multi-talented artist. Born in France in 1876, he ignored the boundaries of national frontiers and arrived in Manchester in 1905. He introduced impressionism to the city and from 1908 to 1913 produced his famous 'Manchester-scapes'. These captured, in the subtle hues of Valette's impressionist palette, the atmospheric mood of streets, squares, waterways and industrial buildings shrouded in fog and pollution. As teacher at the Manchester School of Art, Valette tutored L.S. Lowry, who acknowledged a debt of gratitude to the artist for more than a decade's instruction. The geographical vagaries of Valette's life brought him back to his native France in 1928 where he continued to paint until his death in 1942. This fascinating and long awaited book contains over 125 beautifully produced illustrations that make Valette's finest work available to all and display his unique talents to splendid effect. Cécilia Lyon at last gives this acclaimed painter the recognition he deserves as an important player in the extensive panorama of early 20th-century British and French painting. Through four years' extensive research, in which the author followed Valette's trail both in the UK and France, exploring everywhere he lived, studied or worked, the author has amassed a wealth of new information. She has uncovered important documents and even rediscovered, in private collections, paintings that had long been forgotten. The only complete work of reference on the life and work of Adolphe Valette, this charming book is a feast for the eyes and full of hitherto unknown facts about this remarkable man.
Author: Cecilia Lyon
Publisher: The History Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Part of an exciting series of sturdy, square-box 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles from Flame Tree, featuring powerful and popular works of art. This new jigsaw will satisfy your need for a challenge, with the beautiful Bodleian Library: High Jinks Bookshelves.
Author: Flame Tree Studio
Publisher: Browntrout Publishers
Margaret Mellis (1914-2009) was an artist of diverse skills: a painter, a maker of collages and reliefs and a sculptor. She was a key figure in British Modernism and with her first husband, the author and critic Adrian Stokes, was pivotal in establishing the influential artists' colony in St Ives. Surprisingly, relatively little has been written about Mellis. This book, which incorporates groundbreaking new research, is the first comprehensive monograph on this important artist. After first meeting Adrian Stokes in Paris, Mellis moved to London to be near him and studied, with Stokes, at the Euston Road School. The pair married in 1938 and moved to Cornwall in 1939 where they set up house in Carbis Bay. Here they entertained some of the leading literary and artistic luminaries of the day. During her St Ives period, Mellis' work developed from painting to collage and relief under the tutelage of Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo. She returned to a more realistic form of painting when her marriage came to an end and she left Cornwall in 1946. Following a period in France with the artist Francis Davison, whom she married in 1948, the couple settled in Suffolk in 1950. Here Mellis continued her exploration into colour and form. The shifts and developments within her oeuvre brought in large-scale abstract paintings in the 1960s, and culminated in an extended series of dynamic and original constructions made from driftwood which first began to appear in 1980. Skillfully unravelling the complexities of Mellis' oeuvre in the context of her fascinating life, Andrew Lambirth presents an unrivalled account of a truly remarkable artist and woman. Including a wealth of visual material, which illustrates Mellis' unique vision, Margaret Mellis combines insightful analysis with outstanding imagery and as such is essential reading for anyone interested in Modern British Art.
Author: Andrew Lambirth
Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers
A beautifully produced book showcasing Turner's depictions of the sea, published to coincide with a major exhibition
Author: Christine Riding,Joseph Mallord William Turner,Richard Johns,National Maritime Museum (Great Britain)
The Long Way Round
Author: Alexandra Fielding
Publisher: White Lane Press
Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was neither a professional photographer nor a natural scientist. He was a sculptor, amateur photographer, and a professor at Berlin's school of arts and crafts where he taught modeling. His interest in the plant world was of an artistic and didactic nature: he was fascinated by the structure of plants, their organic configuration, and their "lofty artistic form" born "of expediency," which he wanted to illustrate and compare in a photographic style that could be described as strictly objective, almost graphic. His goal was to create a catalogue of forms for the benefit of artists, artisans, and, above all, architects, providing them with a book of instruction and models to guide them in their designs.
The Alphabet of Plants
Author: Ann Wilde,Jürgen Wilde
Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel Verlag Gmbh
Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, this gorgeous month-to-view year planner features on its cover a design based on art deco artist Erte's Printemps: May, making it a perfect gift or special treat just for you.
Author: Flame Tree Studios
Publisher: Flame Tree Publishing