Why are we featuring art books in our bookshop - it's not photography? Well no, it isn't, but studying art can influence what we photograph, how we photograph it and the treatment we give to our images in post processing.
This section of our bookshop will be home to a variety of books containing the work of famous artists. We are not suggesting you attempt to copy these artists directly (but you can should you wish), but they are intended to act as influences to your photographic work, helping us to see how to photograph the world about us differently.
"Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic" focuses on the artist's ongoing love affair with everyday things - domestic, natural and architectural. Found throughout Wyeth's portraits, landscapes and domestic interiors, these objects form patterns that illuminate core themes and reveal the artist wrestling with issues of memory, temporality, embodiment, and the metaphysical. The book includes a number of portraits, which introduce readers to the people associated with these painted things and places.
John Virtue (born 1947) is best known for his monochromatic drawings and paintings of London, Venice and the seascapes around Norfolk. This substantial overview looks at the development of Virtue's art and traces his close relationship with locations in Devon, Exeter, London, Italy and Norfolk.
This glorious book allows the reader to revel in Hopper’s most well-known and masterful works, reproduced one after the other, often at full page, in full colour; but it also enables you to rediscover the artist, to delve further than the obvious paintings in order to fully understand his motivations, and then to reassess his works in a fresh light.
The painter who brought the heavenly down to earth, Caravaggio (1571-1610), was always a name to be reckoned with.Notorious bad boy of Italian painting, the artist was at once celebrated and controversial: Violent in temper, precise in technique, a creative master, and a man on the run. This work offers a comprehensive reassessment of Caravaggio's entire oeuvre with a catalogue raisonne of his works. Each painting is reproduced in large format, with recent, high production photography allowing for dramatic close-ups with Caravaggio's ingenious details of looks and gestures.
This edition features the complete catalog of Vermeer’s work, presenting the calm yet compelling scenes so treasured in galleries across Europe and the United States in one monograph of utmost reproduction quality. Crisp details and essays tracing Vermeer’s career illuminate his remarkable ability not only to bear witness to the trends and trimmings of the Dutch Golden Age but also to encapsulate an entire story in just one transient gesture, expression, or look.
Published to coincide with a major exhibition at the National Gallery, here is the ultimate book on Rembrandt’s art and life – his work as an artist, his family, friends and patrons, his place in European culture – by one of the world’s best-known writers on Dutch art. Designed to be the Rembrandt book of first resort, this complete and accessible volume, available again in a new, reduced format edition, will be an invaluable work of reference and vital reading for art lovers, art students and museum-goers.
This important publication re-evaluates the movement, recognising its complex and fluid reality, and branching further into multimedia. As such, this book encompasses sculptors such as David Smith and photographers such as Aaron Siskind as well as some of the most famous painters of the twentieth century, including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky and Clyfford Still.
This book was published to coincide with a major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, explores and celebrates Turner’s lifelong fascination with the sea. It also sets his work within the context of marine painting in the 19th century. Each chapter has an introductory text followed by discussion of specific paintings. Four of the chapters conclude with a feature essay on a specific topic.
In a sustained exploration of the possibilities of abstraction, Sean Scully (b. 1945) has created a rich body of work throughout his 50-year career. Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas sets his entire output within a detailed biographical framework, closely examining the relationship between the artist’s paintings and his lesser-known drawings, pastels, watercolors, and prints―areas of Scully’s production that are rarely considered together.
The Illustrated Story of Art is an innovative approach to understanding the history of art, from cave painting to the modern day, with pivotal works of art examined in the context of history, culture and the lives of their creators.
This invaluable art reference book reveals the creative impulse behind every major art movement, from the Renaissance to Surrealism and abstract to pop art, with a visual timeline to show famous paintings and key events. Turning-point paintings that triggered movements are identified and explained as well as the influences behind the famous artworks such as technical advances, admired techniques of earlier artists, and changes in society. Vivid images of artistic masterpieces from each style make this an indispensable work of reference.
With blockbuster exhibitions, record-breaking auction prices, and packed museums, Impressionism remains close contender for the world's favorite period of painting. The lives and oeuvres of Impressionist artists: Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Rousseau, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, and van Gogh are each explored in-depth in TASCHEN's Basic Art series. Now, this volume combines all 10 monographs into one for the price of three.
Aaron Siskind (1903 1991), teacher, journalist and photographer, was an artist of great originality, unprecedented in American photography. This has tended to result in his work being misinterpreted, balanced as it is between the influences of Walker Evans and Moholy Nagy. It ranges from the early documentary realism of the 1930s to the experimental and difficult abstract work of the 1950s. In this handsomely illustrated book, the authors examine the artist's journey from one aesthetic to another, situating the work of the 1930s in the context of the Great Depression and the politicised Photo League, through to the 1940s and Siskind's attraction to vernacular and architectural photography.