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  1. Empire Style: The Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris

    by Jörg Ebeling, Ulrich Leben Photography by Francis Hammond Hardcover Illustrated 348 pages ISBN 9782080202727 This monograph dedicated to the most spectacular example of Parisian First Empire interior architecture retraces the history of the building and the lives of its residents. The Hôtel de Beauharnais, constructed in 1713, gained renown during the Consulate period. In 1803, Josephine Bonaparte acquired the property for her son, Eugène de Beauharnais, and had the building renovated and decorated at great expense. At the fall of the Napoleonic Empire, it was sold to the King of Prussia and became an embassy during the nineteenth century. With its unique Consulate and Empire decor, the palace is an invaluable specimen of Parisian interior architecture. The result of more than ten years of research and restoration work, this book recounts three centuries of European political history through the lives of the Hôtel’s successive owners.

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    $135.00
  2. Esther Mahlangu 80

    Hardcover 62 pages 9 3/4" W x 9" H ISBN 9780620670319 In 2014, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts commissioned Esther Mahlangu to create two nine-by-fifteen foot (2.75 x 4.57m) paintings for the collection. These wonderful works provide a transformative Ndebele intervention in an Italianate-style court where they shine like a beacon on the walls leading to the African gallery. Given their large format, the obvious choice was for Esther to paint these works in-situ at the museum. Each painting is titled Ibala leSindebele (Ndebele Design). They are stretched canvases and so can be moved to another gallery or included in an exhibition, and future building renovations wi l l not spell the end of these unique works. Indeed, some of Esther’s most significant international mural projects now exist only through photographic documentation. In view of her abiding desire to continue and to preserve Ndebele culture, permanence was an important consideration. The works extend our representation of Ndebele design, make an important addition to the museum’s representation of global contemporary art, and bear relationship with other murals at VMFA, including Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #541 and Ryan McGinness’ Art History Is Not Linear. LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #541 is painted directly on the walls at the entrance to the museum’s late 20th century galleries. When those murals were destroyed during a building renovation, they were not lost, but were repainted afterwards because LeWitt’s work consists of instructions that can be repl icated. Designed for a space heralding entry to the museum, the McGinness commission, like that of Mahlangu’s, is not painted on the wall; its sixteen panels were created in the studio. It is well known that Mahlangu’s international career was doubly propel led by the 1 989 invitation to participate in the landmark Magiciens de la Terre exhibition in Paris and the 1 991 BMW commission to paint a car for their Art Car Co lection. Esther’s adventurousness and agility in taking her art to new locales and formats set the stage for broadening her approaches to painting. What movements and developments in the history of art worldwide have not been enriched by new contacts, situational changes, or patronage leading to transitions in form and format? Painting on canvas and on a variety of objects offered Esther the means to rea ize her objective of making her art more widely accessible. As an important component of our global mission, VMFA has a strong collection of the arts of Africa, broadly spanning the continent over 6,000 years from pre-dynastic Egypt now to Esther’s 201 4 paintings. We are actively collecting contemporary works, and in 201 0, we organized the exhibition Darkroom: Photography and New media in South Africa since 1 950. The decision to commission Esther Mahlangu, which was facilitated by a network of friendships, was made because her work compellingly moves Ndebele design, through her distinctive style and innovation, to an international contemporary art context. Teacher that she is, Esther painted daily for a month in view of a highly interested and appreciative audience – among them painters, beadwork artists, street artists, and art teachers – and she took time to meet and talk with people as work permitted. Even while Esther and her granddaughter Miriam were bringing the two paintings into being, teachers in regional elementary and middle schools commenced student projects based on Ndebele designs. In this way she reached young people in Virginia, albeit by example rather than direct instruction. Given Esther’s strong wi l l to paint as a very young girl , perhaps the way her art has stimulated students in their takes on Ndebele-style is a fitting tribute to the artist on her 80 th birthday. Richard B. Woodward Curator of African Art Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Richmond, Virginia, USA

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    $39.95
  3. Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection

    by Dorie Reents-Budet Hardcover 256 pages 9 1/2" W x 11 1/4" H ISBN: 9781907804052 This stunning new volume presents full-colour plates, details, groupings and comparative images of approximately 147 Pre-Columbian works (spanning 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1530) from the collection assembled by John G. Bourne in the 1950s and 1960s. It features fine examples of painted earthenware vessels and figures, carved basalt effigies, jewellery and vessels from Mesoamerica, Central America and Andean America covering a host of civilizations, including Teotihuac n, Olmec, Maya, Andean,Aztec and Mixtec. In addition to John Bourne's fascinating account of his first expedition to Chiapas in 1945 and 1946, which started his passion for collecting, there is an extensive essay on authentication, a significant part of the study of pre-Columbian art. Each of the three geographical sections of the main catalogue opens with an introductory text on the art, culture and ceremonial features of that region, followed by discursive entries accompanying each work.

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  4. Expressionism

    Norbert Wolf Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.2 in., 96 pages ISBN 978-3-8365-0528-4 Through panoramas of mood, ideas, and emotions, Expressionism stands as one of the most reactionary and influential movements of the early twentieth century. This introduction assesses the group’s stylistic tendencies, influences, and pursuit of authenticity. Sharp angles, strange forms, lurid colors, and distorted perspectives are classic hallmarks of Expressionism, the twentieth century movement that prioritized emotion over objective reality. Though particularly present in Germany and Austria, the movement’s approach flourished internationally and is today hailed as one of the most influential shifts in art history. With leading groups Die Brücke (The Bridge) and Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), and key players such as Wassily Kandinsky, Egon Schiele, and Emil Nolde, the Expressionists disowned Impressionism, which they regarded as “man lowered to the position of a gramophone record of the outer world”, to depict instead a raw and visceral experience of life as it was felt, rather than seen on the surface. Their paintings brim with emotive force, conveyed in particular through intense and non-naturalistic color palettes, loose brushwork, and thick textures. Covering the group’s stylistic tendencies, influences, and most important protagonists, this introductory book explores the Expressionist panorama of moods, ideas, and emotions and their abiding quest for deep authenticity. The author Norbert Wolf graduated in art history, linguistics, and medieval studies at the Universities of Regensburg and Munich, and earned his PhD in 1983. He held visiting professorships in Marburg, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Nuremberg-Erlangen, and Innsbruck. His extensive writings on art history include many TASCHEN titles, such as Diego Velázquez, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Caspar David Friedrich, Expressionism, Romanesque, Landscape Painting, and Symbolism.

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  5. Fabergé Rediscovered

    by Wilfried Zeisler, Jennifer Levy (Contribution by), Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm (Contribution by), Anna and Vincent Palmade (Contribution by), Galina Korneva (Contribution by) Hardcover 224 pages 9 3/4" x 10 3/4" ISBN-13: 9781911282167 The firm of Fabergé, jeweler to the Russian court, was founded in St. Petersburg in 1842. Expanded by the founder’s son, Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), the firm became one of the most famous jewelers of the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. Major American collectors, such as Marjorie Merriweather Post, played a significant role in Fabergé’s success after the fall of the imperial regime, and her mansion at Hillwood in Washington, DC now has a collection of about ninety pieces, including two imperial Easter eggs, various works of art of imperial provenance, silver, jewelry, hardstone, and religious items. Recent research on Fabergé, revelations from the Russian public archives, and the discovery of objects thought to be lost have brought to light new information about Fabergé’s career and his creations, including material on several of Hillwood’s Fabergé items. With fabulous new photography, exquisite works of art, and illuminating focus spreads by Fabergé experts, this new volume presents the firm in the broader history of nineteenth to twentieth century jewelry and goldsmithing, documents new attributions and provenances, and examines our continuing fascination with Fabergé’s remarkable work.

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  6. Fabergé: His Masters and Artisans

    by ULLA TILLANDER-GODENHIELM 272 pages | 150 color plates | 10 1/2 x 9 | © 2018 ISBN: 9781911604204 Few artists are as well-known as Carl Fabergé (1846–1920)—his name alone conjures up images of his brilliantly ornate egg artworks. Wherever his works are shown, whether at exhibitions or in auction rooms, they delight and awe viewers. ​ This book tells the story of Fabergé and his work as jeweler to the Russian imperial court—but it goes beyond that. To make his incredibly ornate creations, Fabergé required support—lots of it. Without countless other people working behind the scenes, including designers, master goldsmiths, and silversmiths, Fabergé’s business could not have flourished. Fabergé: His Masters and Artisans lifts these craftsmen into the limelight, not only because their work deserves our attention, but because the captivating stories of their lives and careers add appreciably to what is known of the working processes at Fabergé’s studio. Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm also explores jewelry manufacturing methods, touches on the company’s well known and influential customers, and, of course, showcases Fabergé’s very recognizable style and creativity. The book offers much that will be new even to well-read aficionados, interweaving images of the works with reminiscences, letters, and personal photographs. No fan of Fabergé should miss it.

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    $45.00
  7. Fragments of the Invisible: The René and Odette Delenne Collection of Congo Sculpture

    Editor Constantine Petridis Trim Size: 8 1⁄2 x 12 ISBN: 978-88-7439-656-6 EAN: 9788874396566 Page Count: 120 Illustrations: 141 color illustrations Format: Paperback Fragments of the Invisible celebrates the acquisition by the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2010 of 35 stellar works of 19th- and 20th-century Congolese art from the collection of René and Odette Delenne of Brussels. The book, which accompanies an exhibition at the museum, explores the fragmentary nature of African works in Western collections and sheds light on how, in their original settings, many works connected with the invisible world of spirits and deities. Many of the objects have never been published or exhibited before. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Constantine Petridis, a member of the Belgian Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences, is curator of African Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art and adjunct professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

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    $30.00
  8. French Chateau Living: The Château du Lude

    French Chateau Living: The Château du Lude Written by Barbara de Nicolay, Foreword by Stéphane Bern, Contribution by Christine Toulier and Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery, Photographed by Éric Sander Pub Date: September 19, 2017 Format: Hardcover Category: House & Home - Decorating Publisher: Flammarion Trim Size: 9-3/4 x 12 ISBN: 978-2-08-020310-6 Providing intimate insight into life in a French château, this volume takes readers on an insider’s tour of the Château du Lude, a private residence that features its original decorative interiors. Nestled in the idyllic Loire Valley, the Château du Lude is one of the most historic châteaus in France; Bluebeard besieged the castle on his way to join Joan of Arc’s crusade, and it earned the rare distinction of having survived the French Revolution intact. Today, the Lude is inhabited and impeccably maintained by the Count and Countess Louis-Jean de Nicolay, whose family has owned the property for over 250 years. They invite readers to discover the château’s well-preserved interiors and gardens, which feature a medieval kitchen, an Italian Renaissance studiolo, and exceptional horse stables, offering a glimpse into the lifestyle of the château’s inhabitants, past and present. Newly commissioned photographs offer unprecedented access into the hidden corners of the estate otherwise closed to the general public.

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    $75.00
  9. From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art

    Ortrud Westheider (Editor), Michael Philipp (Editor) Hardcover with jacket, 248 pages, 24,0 x 30,0 cm, 219 color illustrations ISBN: 978-3-7913-5693-8 Rarely seen outside the United States, The Phillips Collection’s American masterworks trace the development and diversity of modern art in America from the end of the nineteenth century through the post-war decades after World War II. Organized into thematic sections, the story unfolds chronologically from the great romantic realist painters, like Thomas Eakins and Winslow Homer, to the psychological insights of Edward Hopper, the abstract landscapes of Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe, and, finally, to the heroic triumphs of the abstract expressionists, like Adolph Gottlieb and Mark Rothko. Assembled over half a century by Duncan Phillips, the collection is not only a reflection of one’s man’s personal taste, but also a continuous snapshot of the changing character of American art in the twentieth century. Including essays by European and American scholars, this publication of 68 works by 50 artists tells the story of nearly a century of dynamic vision and innovation in American modern art.

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    $49.95
  10. Great French Paintings From The Barnes Foundation: Impressionist, Post-impressionist, and Early Modern

    The pictures that made history as they traveled around the world on their only exhibition tour: more than a hundred masterpieces of modern French painting from one of the world's fabled repositories of great art—The Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania—are here published in trade paperback for the first time. These paintings are the crowning glory of the extraordinary collection assembled in the early twentieth century by Dr. Albert C. Barnes, the bold and original collector who established the Foundation in 1922 as a school for the study of art and philosophy. Now, after six decades of limited access to visitors and a ban on color reproduction, the Barnes Foundation welcomes a wider audience both on its premises and through the publication of this magnificent volume, containing the most eagerly awaited set of reproductions in art-book history. Manet, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rousseau, Soutine, La Fresnaye, Modigliani, Picasso, Braque, and Matisse—the list of artists gives only a hint of the splendors this book contains. Here are major landmarks of modern art, including twenty-four Renoirs encompassing the entire span of his career . . . thirty monumental Cézannes, including bather groups, landscapes, still lifes, and portraits . . . Matisse's pivotal Bonheur de vivre, Three Sisters Triptych, and world-famous Dance mural (and eighteen other paintings and oil studies) . . . the finest of van Gogh's six paintings of Joseph-Etienne Roulin . . . Seurat's celebrated Models . . . The Douanier Rousseau's strange, unsettling Unpleasant Surprise . . . the tender portrait of young M. Loulou by Gauguin . . . a spectacular cluster of seven early Picassos. And this is only a sampling of the exhilarating visual banquet offered in these pages. To describe the paintings and relate the achievements of Dr. Barnes as a collector and educator, commentaries and essays have been provided by a dozen notable American and French art historians and curators. Together they provide the historical and aesthetic setting for these glowing jewels of modern art. For everyone to whom the paintings in the Barnes Foundation have been a legend—unattainable—and for every devotee of great art and beautiful books, this volume will be a joy and a treasure.

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    $65.00

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