London in the Company of Painters

Author: Richard Blandford

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

ISBN: 9781786270788

Category: History

Page: 224

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This sumptuous visual history explores London as depicted by artists over the last few hundred years. Although the first city of London was established in the Roman period, the story of London in art really begins in the 17th century, with the rise of the panoramic city view as a painting genre, and continues to this day. Organized around eight areas or districts, the chapters move roughly from west to east across London, as does the River Thames, which acts as the city's spine. Within each area, works of art are grouped around specific locations or monuments, providing a glimpse of the city's changing and unchanging topography through the ages. Despite London's tumultuous history – the rise and fall of Empire, attacks from above in two world wars, relentless expansion into the surrounding villages and suburbs – it nevertheless becomes clear that many of the city's landmarks remain surprisingly constant.
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Company paintings

Indian paintings of the British period

Author: Victoria and Albert Museum,Mildred Archer,Graham Parlett

Publisher: Mapin Intl

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 240

View: 3047

This catalogue of more than 2,600 "Company Paintings" discusses the circumstances in which this type of painting evolved.
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Seven Days in the Art World

Author: Sarah Thornton

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393071057

Category: Art

Page: 304

View: 1230

A fly-on-the-wall account of the smart and strange subcultures that make, trade, curate, collect, and hype contemporary art. The art market has been booming. Museum attendance is surging. More people than ever call themselves artists. Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description, and, for some, a kind of alternative religion. In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie's auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami's studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life. A judicious and juicy account of the institutions that have the power to shape art history, based on hundreds of interviews with high-profile players, Thornton's entertaining ethnography will change the way you look at contemporary culture.
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Art, Artisans and Apprentices

Apprentice Painters & Sculptors in the Early Modern British Tradition

Author: James Ayres

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 1782977430

Category: Art

Page: 448

View: 7601

Before the foundation of academies of art in London in 1758 and Philadelphia in 1805, most individuals who were to emerge as artists trained in workshops of varying degrees of relevance. Easel painters began their careers apprenticed to carriage, house, sign or ship painters, whilst a few were placed with those who made pictures. Sculptors emerged from a training as ornamental plasterers or carvers. Of the many other trades in a position to offer an appropriate background were ÔlimningÕ, staining, engraving, surveying, chasing and die-sinking. In addition, plumbers gained the right to use oil painting and, for plasterers, the application of distemper was an extension of their trade. Central to the theme of this book is the notion that, for those who were to become either painters or sculptor, a training in a trade met their practical needs. This ÔtrainingÕ was of an altogether different nature to an ÔeducationÕ in an art school. In the past, prospective artists were offered, by means of apprenticeships, an empirical rather than a theoretical understanding of their ultimate vocation. James Ayres provides a lively account of the inter-relationship between art and trade in the late seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries, in both Britain and North America. He demonstrates with numerous, illustrated examples, the many cross-overs in the Ôart and mysteryÕ of artistic training, and, to modern eyes, the sometimes incongruous relationships between the various trades that contributed to the blossoming of many artistic careers, including some of the most illustrious names of the ÔlongÕ eighteenth century.
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Conservation of Paintings

Author: David Bomford

Publisher: National Gallery London

ISBN: 9780300073188

Category: Painting

Page: 80

View: 659

The National Gallery Pocket Guides series, beautifully illustrated from one of the greatest collections of Old Master paintings in the world, introduces central themes in the history of Western art. This GUIDE discusses the main types of conservation treatment carried out on panel and canvas paintings and the complex issues involved in cleaning and restoration. 69 color & 6 b&w illustrations.
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The Improbability of Love

A novel

Author: Hannah Rothschild

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101874155

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 1666

Wickedly funny, this totally engaging, richly observed first novel by Hannah Rothschild is a tour de force. Its sweeping narrative and cast of wildly colorful characters takes you behind the scenes of a London auction house, into the secret operations of a powerful art dealer, to a flamboyant eighteenth-century-style dinner party, and into a modest living room in Berlin, among many other unexpected settings. In The Improbability of Love we meet Annie McDee, thirty-one, who is working as a chef for two rather sinister art dealers. Recovering from the end of a long-term relationship, she is searching in a neglected secondhand shop for a birthday present for her unsuitable new lover. Hidden behind a rubber plant on top of a file cabinet, a grimy painting catches her eye. After spending her meager savings on the picture, Annie prepares an elaborate birthday dinner for two, only to be stood up. The painting becomes hers, and as it turns out, Annie has stumbled across a lost masterpiece by one of the most important French painters of the eighteenth century. But who painted this masterpiece is not clear at first. Soon Annie finds herself pursued by interested parties who would do anything to possess her picture. For a gloomy, exiled Russian oligarch, an avaricious sheikha, a desperate auctioneer, and an unscrupulous dealer, among others, the painting embodies their greatest hopes and fears. In her search for the painting’s identity, Annie will unwittingly uncover some of the darkest secrets of European history—as well as the possibility of falling in love again. Irreverent, witty, bittersweet, The Improbability of Love draws an unforgettable portrait of the London art scene, but it is also an exuberant and unexpected journey through life’s highs and lows and the complexities of love and loss. From the Hardcover edition.
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Mr. Collier's Letter Racks

A Tale of Art and Illusion at the Threshold of the Modern Information Age

Author: Dror Wahrman

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0199738866

Category: Art

Page: 275

View: 2629

Uncovers an artistic puzzle in the illusionist paintings by Edward Collier, a Dutch-British still-life painter who moved to London at the end of the seventeenth century and encoded a sophisticated critique of the information revolution that ushered in the modern information age.
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London in Paint

Author: Lee Cheshire

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 9781849765015

Category:

Page: 192

View: 8587

London is one of the world's most popular cities, and its hustle and bustle, changing landscape, and infinite sights have provided a rich subject for many artists. Their representations are fascinatingly diverse. From recognizable views of the River Thames, St. Paul's, and Tower Bridge to idyllic scenes of London's residential squares and streets or paintings capturing the architectural feats and engineering marvels of their day, artists have documented a developing London that found wealth and confidence and emerged as the first truly modern city. Drawing from Tate's superb collection and beyond, this stunning book presents 100 paintings from the 17th century to the present, with each work offering a special perspective contextualized by revealing and memorable anecdotes that bring the images to life. Featuring some of the world's most influential artists--Canaletto, Turner, Constable, Pissarro, Monet, Kossoff, and Auerbach--as well as lesser-known contemporary artists such as David Hepher and Lisa Milroy, London in Paint provides a fresh look, through artists' eyes, at this much-loved global city.
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A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley

Author: Jane Kamensky

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393608611

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 3527

“A sensory tour de force.” —Caitlin Fitz, The Atlantic In this intimate portrait of the painter John Singleton Copley and his extraordinary times, award-winning Harvard historian Jane Kamensky gives “a wonderfully fresh and surprising perspective on the American Revolution” (Stephen Greenblatt), a world riven by divided loyalties and tangled sympathies. Though Copley’s prodigious talent earned him the patronage of Boston’s patriot leaders, including Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, he did not share their politics and lamented America’s provincialism. When painting portraits failed to satisfy his lofty ambitions and colonial resistance escalated, Copley looked longingly across the Atlantic, repatriating to London where he gained renown as the painter of Britain’s American War. With a “vibrant prose style, Kamensky probes deeply” (New York Times), bringing new insight to this tumultuous period as seen through a towering figure of both Britain’s and America’s artistic legacies.
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Pantologia

A New Cyclopaedia, Comprehending a Complete Series of Essays, Treatises, and Systems, Alphabetically Arranged; with a General Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Words ... Illustrated with Engravings, Those on History Being from Original Drawings by Edwards and Others ...

Author: John Mason Good,Olinthus Gregory,Newton Bosworth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: N.A

View: 1295

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100 Painters of Tomorrow

Author: Kurt Beers

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500239230

Category: Art

Page: 288

View: 5933

Painting is enjoying a remarkable creative renaissance in the 21st century. 100 Painters of Tomorrow aims to identify and nurture a wellspring of new artistic talent, creating the definitive global guide to the outstanding painters of the future. Richly illustrated with more than 300 colour images, the book features texts giving essential biographical information on these rising stars, accompanied by quotations from the artists themselves, providing personal insights into their thinking and practice. The endmatter includes a further 200 painters as Ones to Watch, as well as further reading and links to artists websites.
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Breakfast with Lucian

The Astounding Life and Outrageous Times of Britain's Great Modern Painter

Author: Geordie Greig

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374709246

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 444

An insider's account—the first of its kind—of the thoroughly unconventional life of one of the twentieth century's most shockingly original painters Lucian Freud's paintings are instantly recognizable: often shocking and disturbing, his portraits convey a profound yet compelling sense of discomfort. Freud was twice married and the father of at least a dozen children, and his numerous relationships with women were the subject of much gossip—but the man himself remained a mystery. An intensely private individual (during his lifetime he prevented two planned biographies from being published), Freud's life, as well as his art, invites questions that have had no answer—until now. In Breakfast with Lucian, Geordie Greig, one of a few close friends who regularly had breakfast with the painter during the last years of his life, tells an insider's account—accessible, engaging, revealing—of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating, enigmatic, and controversial artists. Greig, who has studied his subject's work at length, unravels the tangled thread of a life lived on Freud's own uncompromising terms. Based on private conversations in which Freud held forth on everything from first love to gambling debts to the paintings of Velázquez, and informed by interviews with friends, lovers, and some of the artist's children who have never before spoken publicly about their relationships with the painter, this is a deeply personal memoir that is illuminated by a keen appreciation of Freud's art. Fresh, funny, and ultimately profound, Breakfast with Lucian is an essential portrait—one worthy of one of the greatest painters of our time. An NPR Best Book of 2013
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An Universal Biographical and Historical Dictionary

Containing a Faithful Account of the Lives, Actions, and Characters of the Most Eminent Persons of All Ages and All Countries ...

Author: John Watkins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography

Page: N.A

View: 3418

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Issues in the Conservation of Paintings

Author: Getty Conservation Institute

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 9780892367818

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 581

View: 7271

This volume on paintings conservation includes more than seventy texts ranging from the fifteenth century to the present day. Some are classic and highly influential writings; others, although little known when first published, in retrospect reflect important themes and issues in the history of the field. Many appear here in English for the first time, including translations of D. Vicente Polero y Toledo's 1855 essay "Arte de la Restauración" (The Art of Restoration), and Victor Bauer-Bolton's treatise from 1914, "Sollen fehlende Stellen bei Gemälden ergänzt werden?" (Should Missing Areas of Paintings Be Made Good?). The book is divided into six sections: An Historical Miscellany, History of the Profession, Study of Artists' Materials and Techniques, Structural Interventions, Philosophical and Practical Approaches to Cleaning and Restoration, and Cleaning Controversies. This is the second volume to appear in the Getty Conservation Institute's Readings in Conservation series, which publishes texts considered fundamental to an understanding of the history, philosophies, and methodologies of conservation.
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The Vanishing Velázquez

A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece

Author: Laura Cumming

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476762163

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 9058

“As compelling and entertaining as a detective novel” (The Economist), the incredible true story—part art history and part mystery—of a Velázquez portrait that went missing and the obsessed nineteenth-century bookseller determined to prove he had found it. When John Snare, a nineteenth century provincial bookseller, traveled to a liquidation auction, he found a vivid portrait of King Charles I that defied any explanation. The Charles of the painting was young—too young to be king—and yet also too young to be painted by the Flemish painter to whom the piece was attributed. Snare had found something incredible—but what? His research brought him to Diego Velázquez, whose long-lost portrait of Prince Charles has eluded art experts for generations. Velázquez (1599–1660) was the official painter of the Madrid court, during the time the Spanish Empire teetered on the edge of collapse. When Prince Charles of England—a man wealthy enough to help turn Spain’s fortunes—proposed a marriage with a Spanish princess, he allowed just a few hours to sit for his portrait, and Snare believed only Velázquez could have been the artist of choice. But in making his theory public, Snare was ostracized and forced to choose, like Velázquez himself, between art and family. A thrilling investigation into the complex meaning of authenticity and the unshakable determination that drives both artists and collectors of their work, The Vanishing Velázquez is a “brilliant” (The Atlantic) tale of mystery and detection, of tragic mishaps and mistaken identities, of class, politics, snobbery, crime, and almost farcical accident that reveals how one historic masterpiece was crafted and lost, and how far one man would go to redeem it. Laura Cumming’s book is “sumptuous...A gleaming work of someone at the peak of her craft” (The New York Times).
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Catalogue of Paintings in the Collection of the Society of Antiquaries of London

Author: Jill A. Franklin,Bernard Nurse,Pamela Tudor-Craig

Publisher: Harvey Miller Pub

ISBN: 9781909400191

Category: Art

Page: 520

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The paintings owned by the Society of Antiquaries of London are important for the quality of some of the individual paintings and for the collection as a whole. Before England's National Portrait Gallery was founded, the Society pioneered the study of royal portraiture, seeking to establish the true likenesses of the Tudor and Plantagent monarchs and some of their continental counterparts. In the words of Sir Roy Strong, the Society's early portraits are 'of the utmost national importance ... next to the Royal Collection, the most important series of early sixteenth-century royal portraits to survive as a group'. They are joined in this scholarly catalogue raisonee by works that have been exhibited in Europe's major museums: among them are Hans Eworth's portrait of Mary I, Simone dei Crocifissi's Dream of the Virgin, an outstanding example of fourteenth-century Bolognese Gothic art now on long-term loan to the National Gallery, and portraits of Daniel and Rebecca Minet by Thomas Gainsborough. This fully illustrated catalogue, wedded to meticulous scholarship and the results of the latest scientific dating techniques, ensures that the art historical world now has access to art that will be studied and discussed for many years to come.
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Paintings from Books

Art and Literature in Britain, 1760-1900

Author: Richard Daniel Altick

Publisher: Columbus : Ohio State University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art and literature

Page: 527

View: 352

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Reports of the Commissioners Appointed in Pursuance of Acts of Parliament ... to Inquire Concerning Charities and Education of the Poor in England and Wales

Arranged in Counties, with Indexes

Author: Great Britain. Commissioners to Inquire Concerning Charities and Education of the Poor in England and Wales

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Charities

Page: N.A

View: 6874

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