• Les bouleversements au cours du XXe siècle dans l'histoire mondiale vont provoquer une incroyable métamorphose de l'art occidental. Une création artistique foisonnante et révolutionnaire va se répandre dans un monde dorénavant sans frontières. Elle laisse libre cours à une extraordinaire prolifération des courants artistiques, du fauvisme au Pop Art. Cet ouvrage présente des illustrations des exemples les plus marquants de cette période, accompagnées d'essais rédigés par des critiques et des historiens de l'art. En tant que fenêtre ouvrant sur la psychologie des grands artistes modernes, L'Art du XXe siècle est le livre indispensable à tout amateur d'art contemporain.

  • Graffiti


    Plongez en immersion dans l'univers fascinant du graffiti et découvrez son histoire, les style, les crews.... Racontés et expliqués par Francis Persu, graffeur depuis plus de 20 ans.

  • Au cours de l'histoire, nombreuses sont les guerres qui changèrent le paysage politique et culturel du monde. Source de bouleversements, de destructions et de violences, elles contribuèrent néanmoins à l'évolution de la création artistique. En effet, malgré les événements traumatisants qu'elles engendrent, les guerres inspirent les artistes depuis toujours. Ces derniers immortalisent ces moments dramatiques en des oeuvres qui sont autant de précieux témoignages pour toutes les générations.

    Ce livre offre au lecteur les illustrations des batailles les plus connues et autres scènes de guerre. Composé de textes d'écrivains célèbres, cet ouvrage s'accompagne, en outre, du texte de référence de Sun Tzu, stratège militaire légendaire de Chine. De l'antique Gaulois agonisant au Guernica de Picasso, ce livre propose un panorama captivant des oeuvres inspirées par les guerres qui façonnèrent l'humanité.

  • William Hogarth a rédigé son Analyse de la Beauté en 1753, dans le contexte des Lumières. À travers ce texte captivant, il s'attarde sur une définition de la notion de beauté en peinture. Affirmant qu'elle est intrinsèquement liée à l'usage de la ligne serpentine dans les compositions picturales, il baptise cette dernière "ligne de la beauté". Son essai est consacré à une étude de la composition des toiles, dépendant d'une utilisation correcte des lignes picturales, de la lumière, de la couleur et des attitudes des personnages.

    Ces concepts intemporels ont été appliqués par de nombreux artistes au fil des siècles. Des toiles de toutes périodes ont été choisies afin d'appuyer cette démonstration. Elles permettent d'explorer les différentes expressions de la beauté en matière de peinture.

  • In this delightful tale of the power of the imagination, Art's supplies come to life in the studio, creating mayhem and magic-and art! Pastels, pencils, paints, crayons, brushes and markers...everything gets in on the act of creating a mess-terpiece of fun. Chris Tougas's brilliant illustrations and clever text explore the essence of the creative process in a way that children will understand.
    "Kids will want to grab some colored pencils and get to work themselves." -Booklist
    "This lively title is sure to be a favorite." -School Library Journal
    "Gorgeously colored...Tougas's great skill at joyous illustration is just icing on the cake." -Quill & Quire

  • The art world is filled with the presence of the Virgin Mary - a fundamental symbol of motherhood, who has been radiating youthfulness, tenderness, and compassion for two thousand years. Finding in her an inexhaustible source of inspiration, artists have consistently used the image of the Virgin Mary to reflect our own sufferings and joys. The author Kyra Belán leads us on a comprehensive tour analysing the profound meaning to be found in the images of the Virgin - from personal interpretations to spiritual reflections on a universal level. These works of art present a fascinating visual commentary on the evolution of Western art as well as a striking record of the rise in status of women in society. With more than 200 illustrations, two thousand years of human history are expressed in a single image; that of the Blessed Virgin, Mother of Christ.

  • The Virgin and the Child are amongst the most favourite artistic themes since the Middle Ages. Mary was frequently depicted with the Christ Child.This religious scene showcases a mother and her son, sometimes accompanied by other protagonists. Originally distant and formal, the relationship between the two figures was expressed with tendernessat the end of the Middle Ages and became more human. Amongst the famous artists who have treated the subject of the Virgin and the Child are, most notably, Cimabue, Jean Fouquet, Quentin Metsys, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rubens, and many others. 300 pictures and more than 500 pages including detailed captions, offer a thorough insider view on the subject.

  • The watercolour technique was for a long time the great companion to drawing. A mixture of water and pigments permitting great artistic freedom, it was often employed for preparatory sketches. Albrecht Dürer was one of the first to take advantage of all that watercolour offered. In the 18th century, English artists created of it an autonomous medium freed from academic constraints, an evolution which would have a considerable impact for following generations. Amongst the most famous artists to have produced watercolours, we find Turner, Whistler, Constable, Sargent, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Klee, and Schiele.

  • The Post-Impressionist period was one of solitary painters; Gauguin, Sisley, Cézanne, Van Gogh etc... "There is no longer a unique school. There are a few groups, but even they break up constantly. All these movements remind me of moving geometrical pieces in a kaleidoscope, which separate suddenly only to better come together again. They move apart then get together, but, nevertheless, stay in the same circle - the circle of the new art." (Emile Verhaeren). Nathalia Brodskaïa, curator at the State Hermitage Museum, describes with her own unsurpassed talent the different paths taken by the heirs of Impressionism towards Modern Art.

  • Universally celebrated for his rosy and concupiscent nudes, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was an artist whose first concern was sensuality in all its forms. This Baroque master devoted himself to a lifelong celebration of the joys and wonders of the physical realm. He felt that the human body was as lovely and natural as the many natural landscapes he painted as a young man. In a lushly illustrated text, María Varshavskaya and Xenia Yegorova explore the master at work, bringing a unique focus to Ruben's life and work

  • Condemned by the Nazis as a degenerate artist, Franz Marc (1880-1916) was a German painter whose stark linearity and emotive use of color eloquently expressed the pain and trauma of war. In work such as his celebrated Fate of the Animals, Marc created a raw emotional expression of primitive violence which he called a premonition of the war which would eventually be the cause of his own untimely death at the age of 36.

  • Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Sydney Hart was kicked out of the prestigious Burke Academy when her mother could no longer afford the tuition. She lost a promising future in the arts, as well as her best friend, who didn't want to be seen with an art-academy reject. But now, without Burke's rigid structure, Sydney has found her true passion in performance painting and is busking on Halifax's boardwalk to earn enough money to go to art camp. After the police shut her down, Sydney learns her old school is hosting a "brush-off" speed-painting contest with a cash prize. Entering would mean facing her painful past, not to mention her former friend, who's also competing.

  • Ley lines mark alignments of sacred sites such as ridgetops and ancient megaliths and create pathways between them. This book too marks alignments and creates pathways, but its sacred sites are not monuments, they're artworks and poems. Its various forms of exchange between writers and artists offer unique access to contemporary art, poetry, and the creative process.  In this unique anthology, working poets respond to questions about their recent books, painters and other artists offer statements about their work, and writers respond to artworks. These offerings and exchanges are juxtaposed so as to speak to one another in a capacious, resonant dialogue. The result is a broad-minded and inclusive poetics, a vision of creative work as a constituent of personal and civic life.  Anyone who nurtures the creative impulse will enjoy Ley Lines and return to it again and again. Writing students, art students, and any reader engaged in artistic practice will find in Ley Lines not a how-to manual or step-by-step instruction but an inexhaustible vein of instructive reflection on imaginative work and the creative life. 

  • The art of Siberia is a fascinating subject, and the artifacts discovered in the hidden archives of the Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg are nothing less than extraordinary. Artwork, day-to-day subjects and photos dating from the turn of the century all represent the testimonies of the Siberian people who refused to yield to the hegemony of a modern world.

  • Das 20. Jahrhundert lste eine Revolution in der Kunstgeschichte aus. Innerhalb weniger Jahre brach sich die Moderne Bahn und scheute nicht davor zurück, sich über die jahrhundertelange Tradition gegenständlicher Darstellung hinwegzusetzen, um etwas radikal Neues zu schaffen.
    Dieses umfassende Überblickswerk der Moderne stellt alle wichtigen künstlerischen Strmungen des 20. Jahrhunderts vor, vom Fauvismus bis hin zur Pop Art. Die instruktiven, von Experten der Kunstgeschichte verfassten Beiträge sind mit zahlreichen Bildbeispielen der einflussreichsten Werke jener Ära illustriert. Kunst und Architektur des 20. Jahrhunderts gibt einen einzigartigen Einblick in das Innenleben der grßten Künstler der Moderne und ist ein Muss für jeden Liebhaber zeitgenssischer Kunst.

  • Paris after the Second World War:
    the Left Bank, Montmartre and Picasso's dove.
    Wanlaya is a Thai music student
    with challenging ideas and challenged friends,
    all engaged in their own ways
    in a search for the true values of life.

    The meaning of art, the birth of music,
    the evil of elitist education,
    the value of work, women's liberation:
    this swinging, iconoclastic novel of ideas,
    published in the early 1950s
    but only read twenty years later,
    has inspired Thai progressive circles ever since,
    and remains a hymn to life clamouring for change
    and ringing with the hopes and generosity of youth.

    By the author of Ghosts (TMC 16)

  • Pionnier au Portugal, son pays d'origine, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (1887-1918), fut aussi bien in fluencé par l'impressionnisme que par le fauvisme, l'expressionnisme et le futurisme. C'est en côtoyant des artistes tels qu'Amedeo Modigliani, Diego Rivera et Gaudí avec qui il se lia d'amitié qu'il développa son propre style, mêlant tradition et modernité. Emporté prématurément par la maladie, cet artiste avant- gardiste encore peu connu laissa quelque cent-cinquante toiles et reste considéré comme l'un des plus grands artistes portugais de sa génération.

  • Die Kunst Sibiriens ist ein faszinierendes Studienobjekt und die Artefakte, die in den Archiven des Russischen Museums für Ethnografie in Sankt Petersburg entdeckt wurden, sind nicht weniger als atemberaubend. Kunst, Gegenstände des Alltags und Fotografien, die um die vorletzte Jahrhundertwende datieren, bezeugen die reiche Kultur eines Volkes, das sich seine Traditionen gegen alle Widerstände der modernen Welt bis heute bewahrt hat.

  • Not only was Leonardo da Vinci (1453-1519) an astonishing painter, but also a scientist, anatomist, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, inventor, and more. The question is rather, what was he not? During the Italian Renaissance, he mastered the most beautiful works of art for the Medicis' in Italy and for the King of France. He aroused admiration from his contemporaries, who depicted a universal genius, curious and virtuous. Even today, interest in da Vinci and his work does not fade; his works and writings are still studied by foremost experts hoping to decipher one of the numerous secrets of this visionary artist. Studying nature with passion, and all the independence proper to his character, he could not fail to combine precision with liberty, and truth with beauty. It is in this final emancipation, this perfect mastery of modelling, of illumination, and of expression, this breadth and freedom, that the master s raison d être and glory consist. Others may have struck out new paths also; but none travelled further or mounted higher than he.

  • "Studying nature with passion, and all the independence proper to his character, he could not fail to combine precision with liberty, and truth with beauty. It is in this final emancipation, this perfect mastery of modelling, of illumination, and of expression, this breadth and freedom, that the master's raison d'être and glory consist. Others may have struck out new paths also; but none travelled further or mounted higher than he." (Eugène Müntz)

  • Marc Chagall was born into a strict Jewish family for whom the ban on representations of the human figure had the weight of dogma. A failure in the entrance examination for the Stieglitz School did not stop Chagall from later joining that famous school founded by the Imperial Society for the Encouragement of the Arts and directed by Nicholas Roerich. Chagall moved to Paris in 1910. The city was his "second Vitebsk". At first, isolated in the little room on the Impasse du Maine at La Ruche, Chagall soon found numerous compatriots also attracted by the prestige of Paris: Lipchitz, Zadkine, Archipenko and Soutine, all of whom were to maintain the "smell" of his native land. From his very arrival Chagall wanted to "discover everything". And to his dazzled eyes painting did indeed reveal itself. Even the most attentive and partial observer is at times unable to distinguish the "Parisian", Chagall from the "Vitebskian". The artist was not full of contradictions, nor was he a split personality, but he always remained different; he looked around and within himself and at the surrounding world, and he used his present thoughts and recollections. He had an utterly poetical mode of thought that enabled him to pursue such a complex course. Chagall was endowed with a sort of stylistic immunity: he enriched himself without destroying anything of his own inner structure. Admiring the works of others he studied them ingenuously, ridding himself of his youthful awkwardness, yet never losing his authenticity for a moment.
    At times Chagall seemed to look at the world through magic crystal - overloaded with artistic experimentation - of the Ecole de Paris. In such cases he would embark on a subtle and serious play with the various discoveries of the turn of the century and turned his prophetic gaze like that of a biblical youth, to look at himself ironically and thoughtfully in the mirror. Naturally, it totally and uneclectically reflected the painterly discoveries of Cézanne, the delicate inspiration of Modigliani, and the complex surface rhythms recalling the experiments of the early Cubists (See-Portrait at the Easel, 1914). Despite the analyses which nowadays illuminate the painter's Judaeo-Russian sources, inherited or borrowed but always sublime, and his formal relationships, there is always some share of mystery in Chagall's art. The mystery perhaps lies in the very nature of his art, in which he uses his experiences and memories. Painting truly is life, and perhaps life is painting.

  • Qu'y-a-t-il de plus banal qu'une paire de chaussures ? Pourtant,
    aujourd'hui encore, la moitié de l'humanité n'en connaît pas l'usage.
    Dans un monde où la chaussure est devenue un objet de consommation,
    comment oublier que nos arrière-grands-parents ne l'utilisaient que pour
    les cérémonies et autres occasions exceptionnelles ? L'industrie a
    accompli son devoir : produire en grande quantité à des prix plus

  • Ce livre n'est pas un panégyrique surl'homosexualité. C'est une étude scientifique menée par James Smalls, professeur d'histoire de l'art.
    Spécialiste de l'art du XIXe siècle européen, il s'intéresse particulièrement à la représentation de l'homosexualité dans l'art pictural et la photographie. En effet, cet ouvrage analyse l'acte de création et permet d'appréhender, sans aucune complaisance, l'apport de l'homosexualité dans l'évolution de la perception des émotions. À une époque où les tabous sont tombés, cette démonstration conduit à une relecture et une nouvelle compréhension des chefs-d'oeuvre de notre civilisation.