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Storming the Old Boys' Citadel

by Carla Blank & Tania Martin Baraka Books (December 15, 2014)

"Women" and "architecture" were once mutually exclusive terms. In an 1891 address, Louise Blanchard Bethune declared, "it is hardly safe to assert" that a connection even exists between the two words. Some women...


Goya

by Victoria Charles Parkstone International (December 21, 2011)

Francisco Goya werd tweeëntachtig jaar (1746-1828) en gedurende die tijd produceerde hij eengeweldige hoeveelheid werk - ongeveer 500 olieverfschilderijen en wandschilderingen, bijna 300 etsen en steendrukplaten,...


Wiremu Pere

by Joseph Te Kani Pere Libro International (November 02, 2010)

Wiremu Pere (Wi Pere) lived from 1837 to 1915, leading his tribes of Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga a Mahaki through some of the most turbulent chapters of New Zealand history. He stood resolute against colonialism...


Pukaki - a comet returns

by Paul Tapsell Libro International (December 21, 2012)

Exploring the legacy of Pukaki, the ancestral father of Ngati Whakaue, a hapu (sub-tribe) of Te Arawa of Rotorua, this text also relates the history of the carving of Pukaki that featured in the Te Maori exhibition,...


Baroque Art

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

The Baroque period lasted from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the middle of the eighteenth century. Baroque art was artists' response to the Catholic Church's demand for solemn grandeur following...


The Arts & Crafts Movement

by Oscar Lovell Triggs Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." This quote alone from William Morris could summarise the ideology of the Arts & Crafts movement, which triggered a...


Renaissance Art

by Victoria Charles Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

The Renaissance began at the end of the 14th century in Italy and had extended across the whole of Europe by the second half of the 16th century. The rediscovery of the splendour of ancient Greece and Rome marked...


QUEBEC, Birthplace of New France

by David Mendel & Luc-Antoine Couturier Éditions Sylvain Harvey (April 03, 2012)

Quebec, founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, became the capital of New France in 1663. This fortress city and inland seaport served as a crucial control point, linking the Atlantic World with the vast network...


Hanging Fred and a Few Others

by Nick Fonda Baraka Books (May 13, 2014)

Frederick Coburn (1871-1960) was arguably Canada’s best-known painter at the peak of his career. Nick Fonda revisits Coburn’s work providing charming new insight into the painter and his surroundings. His...


Pre-Raphaelites

by Robert de la Sizeranne Parkstone International (February 15, 2014)

In the Victorian era, England - swept along by the Industrial Revolution, the Pre-Raphaelite fold, William Morris, and the Arts and Crafts movement - aspired to return to traditional values. Wishing to resurrect...


Pascin

by Alexandre Dupouy Parkstone International (February 15, 2014)

Today still considered a "Bad Boy", Pascin was a brilliant artist who lived and worked in the shadow of contemporaries such as Picasso, Modigliani, and several others. A specialist of the feminine form, his...


Art of India

by Vincent Arthur Smith Parkstone International (February 15, 2014)

If the 'Palace of Love', otherwise known as the Taj Mahal, is considered to be the emblem of Mughal Art, it is by no means the sole representative. Characterised by its elegance, splendor, and Persian and European...


Dalí

by Eric Shanes Parkstone International (February 15, 2014)

Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) is best known for his unique and striking style with an extraordinary repertoire reaching out across film, painting, photography, and sculpture. Whilst his name may be most commonly...


Hokusai

by C.J. Holmes Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

Without a doubt, Katsushika Hokusai is the most famous Japanese artist since the middle of the nineteenth century whose art is known to the Western world. Reflecting the artistic expression of an isolated civilisation,...


Hokusai

by Edmond de Goncourt Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

Without a doubt, Katsushika Hokusai is the most famous Japanese artist since the middle of the nineteenth century whose art is known to the Western world. Reflecting the artistic expression of an isolated civilisation,...


Hokusai

by Edmond de Goncourt Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

Through his elegant brush paintings and masterful woodblocks, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) became one of Japan's most internationally-renowned artists. A master of Ukiyo-e art, he single-handedly transformed...


Romanticism

by Léon Rosenthal Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

Romanticism was a reaction against the Neoclassicism that invaded the 19th century, and marked a veritable intellectual rupture. Found in the writings of Victor Hugo and Lord Byron, amongst others, its ideas...


The Pre-Raphaelites

by Robert de la Sizeranne Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

In Victorian England, with the country swept up in the Industrial Revolution, the Pre-Raphaelites, close to William Morris' Arts and Crafts movement, yearned for a return to bygone values. Wishing to revive...


Expressionism

by Ashley Bassie Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Emil Nolde, E.L. Kirchner, Paul Klee, Franz Marc as well as the Austrians Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele were among the generation of highly individual artists who contributed...


Romanesque Art

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

In art history, the term 'Romanesque art' distinguishes the period between the beginning of the 11th and the end of the 12th century. This era showed a great diversity of regional schools each with their own...


Gothic Art

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

Gothic art finds its roots in the powerful architecture of the cathedrals of northern France. It is a medieval art movement that evolved throughout Europe over more than 200 years. Leaving curved Roman forms...


The Viennese Secession

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

A symbol of modernity, the Viennese Secession was defined by the rebellion of twenty artists who were against the conservative Vienna Künstlerhaus' oppressive influence over the city, the epoch, and the whole...


The Fauves

by Nathalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

Born at the dawn of the 20th century, Fauvism burst onto the artistic scene at the 1905 Salon d'Automne with great controversy by throwing bright, vibrant colours in the face of artistic convention. Fuelled...


Early Italian Painting

by Joseph Archer Crowe, Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle & Anna Jameson Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

Oscillating between the majesty of the Greco-Byzantine tradition and the modernity predicted by Giotto, Early Italian Painting addresses the first important aesthetic movement that would lead to the Renaissance,...


Art Deco

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

Art Deco style was established on the ashes of a disappeared world, the one from before the First World War, and on the foundation stone of a world yet to become, opened to the most undisclosed promises. Forgetting...


Rococo

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

Deriving from the French word rocaille, in reference to the curved forms of shellfish, and the Italian barocco, the French created the term 'Rococo'. Appearing at the beginning of the 18th century, it rapidly...


Post-Impressionism

by Nathalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

Whilst Impressionism marked the first steps toward modern painting by revolutionising an artistic medium stifled by academic conventions, Post-Impressionism, even more revolutionary, completely liberated colour...


Impressionism

by Nathalia Brodskaïa Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

"I paint what I see and not what it pleases others to see." What other words than these of Édouard Manet, seemingly so different from the sentiments of Monet or Renoir, could best define the Impressionist movement?...


Cubism

by Guillaume Apollinaire & Dorothea Eimert Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon: five young women that changed modern art forever. Faces seen simultaneously from the front and in profile, angular bodies whose once voluptuous feminine forms disappear behind asymmetric...


The Nabis

by Albert Kostenevitch Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

Pierre Bonnard was the leader of the group of post-impressionist painters who called themselves "the Nabis", from the Hebrew word for "prophet". Influenced by Odilon Redon, Puvis de Chavannes, popular imagery,...


Art Nouveau

by Jean Lahor Parkstone International (May 09, 2014)

Art Nouveau gives a name to the decorative and architectural style developed in the 1880s and 1890s in the West. Born in reaction to the Industrial Revolution and to the creative vacuum it left behind, Art Nouveau...


Gustav Klimt

by Jane Rogoyska & Patrick Bade Parkstone International (January 16, 2012)

"I am not interested in myself as a subject for painting, but in others, particularly women..."Beautiful, sensuous and above all erotic, Gustav Klimt's paintings speak of a world of opulence and leisure, which...


Claude Monet

by Nina Kalitina & Nathalia Brodskaya Parkstone International (January 16, 2012)

For Claude Monet the designation 'impressionist' always remained a source of pride. In spite of all the things critics have written about his work, Monet continued to be a true impressionist to the end of his...


Vincent van Gogh

by Victoria Charles Parkstone International (January 16, 2012)

Vincent van Gogh's life and work are so intertwined that it is hardly possible to observe one without thinking of the other. Van Gogh has indeed become the incarnation of the suffering, misunderstood martyr...


Egon Schiele

by Esther Selsdon & Jeanette Zwingenberger Parkstone International (January 16, 2012)

Egon Schiele's work is so distinctive that it resists categorisation. Admitted to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts at just sixteen, he was an extraordinarily precocious artist, whose consummate skill in the manipulation...


Auguste Rodin

by Rainer Maria Rilke Parkstone International (January 16, 2012)

Influenced by the masters of Antiquity, the genius of Michelangelo and Baroque sculpture, particularly of Bernini, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is one of the most renowned artists in history. Though Rodin is considered...


Vincent van Gogh

by Vincent Van Gogh & Victoria Charles Parkstone International (February 09, 2014)

The incarnation of the myth of a cursed artist, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is a legend who became a reference for modern art. An Expressionist during the Post-Impressionist movement, his art was misunderstood...


Fans

by Alexander F. Tcherviakov Parkstone International (January 07, 2014)

Besides its practical uses in regions across the globe, the fan has a long history as a fashion item, with new shapes, materials, and colours constantly being created. This book portrays the most artistic examples...


Ukiyo-E

by Dora Amsden & Woldermar von Seidlitz Parkstone International (January 07, 2014)

Ukiyo-e ('pictures of the floating world') is a branch of Japanese art which originated during the period of prosperity in Edo (1615-1868). Characteristic of this period, the prints are the collective work of...


Icons

by Lyudmila Milyayeva Parkstone International (January 07, 2014)

This book analyses the evolution of iconic art from its beginning in Byzantium to the time of the Russian Empire. Icons are a fundamental element in the history of art, and it is therefore crucial to understand...


Virgin Portraits

by Klaus Carl Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

During the Renaissance, Italian painters would traditionally depict the wives of their patrons as Madonnas, often rendering them more beautiful than they actually were. Over centuries in religious paintings,...


Van Gogh

by Vincent Van Gogh Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

Vincent van Gogh's life and work are so intertwined that it is hardly possible to observe one without thinking of the other. Van Gogh has indeed become the incarnation of the suffering, misunderstood martyr...


Turner

by Eric Shanes Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

At fifteen, Turner was already exhibiting View of Lambeth. He soon acquired the reputation of an immensely clever watercolourist. A disciple of Girtin and Cozens, he showed in his choice and presentation of...


Still Life

by Victoria Charles Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

Cézanne transformed a teacup into something alive, raising still-life to the point that it ceased to be inanimate. Wassily Kandinsky said about the French artist: "He painted these things as human beings because...


Shoes

by Klaus Carl Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

Mega Square Shoes focuses on the history of the shoe and elevates the shoe to the rank of a work of art. The author is a leading expert on the subject and curator of France's Shoe Museum, which holds the greatest...


Sculpture

by Victoria Charles Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

Mega Square Sculpture spans over 23,000 years and over 120 examples of the most beautiful sculptures in the world: from prehistoric art and Egyptian statues to the works of Michelangelo, Henry Moore and Niki...


Schiele

by Jeanette Zwingenberger, Ether Selsdon & Ashley Bassie Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

Egon Schiele's work is so distinctive that it resists categorisation. Admitted to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts at just sixteen, he was an extraordinarily precocious artist, whose consummate skill in the manipulation...


Sargent

by Donald Wigal Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

Sargent was born in Florence, in 1856, the son of cultivated parents. When Sargent entered the school of Carolus-Duran he attained much more than the average pupils. His father was a retired Massachusetts gentleman,...


Rodin

by Rainer Maria Rilke Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

Influenced by the masters of Antiquity, the genius of Michelangelo and Baroque sculpture, particularly of Bernini, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is one of the most renowned artists in history. Though Rodin is considered...


Rivera

by Gerry Souter Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

They met in 1928, Frida Kahlo was then 21 years old and Diego Rivera was twice her age. He was already an international reference, she only aspired to become one. An intense artistic creation, along with pain...