He married twice, and kept working through it all, had an uncountable number of children, painting everyone from close friend and rival Francis Bacon to Kate Moss and Queen Elizabeth. He led a dissolute life in Soho after the war, gambling and womanizing with fierce energy. Lucian freud: eyes wide open is the first biography to assess Freud’s work and life, showing how the two converge.
Lucian Freud: Eyes Wide Open Icons #ad - He sometimes spent years on a single painting, which could require hundreds of hours of sittings. Phoebe hoban, author of definitive biographies of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Alice Neel, now turns her attention to Lucian Freud, the grandson of Sigmund and one of the greatest painters England has produced.
In hoban’s dramatic and fast-paced narrative, we follow Freud from his birthplace in Berlin to London, where he fled with his family in the 1930s, and then to Paris, where he mixed with Picasso and Giacometti. He painted his wives nude, his children nude, himself nude.
Van Gogh: A Power Seething IconsAmazon Publishing #ad - I have written this book out of my love for Vincent van Gogh, and Vincent van Gogh, the letter writer of heart-piercing eloquence, the uniquely exciting painter, ” he declares. Julian bell’s passion for his subject brings the painter to life. In his brief and explosively creative life—he committed suicide a few years later at the age of thirty-seven—Van Gogh made us see the world in a new way.
And if we work in that faith, it seems to me that there’s a chance that our hopes won’t be in vain. His prediction would come true. I believe in the absolute necessity of a new art of colour, of drawing and—of the artistic life, ” Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in 1888. Shading this dark story is the artist’s acquaintance with prostitutes and penury, stormy scenes with his friend Paul Gauguin, and dissipated Parisian nights with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Van Gogh: A Power Seething Icons #ad - His shining landscapes of provence and somber portraits of workers shattered the relationship between light and dark, and his hallucinatory visions were so bright they nearly blinded the world. He was a great writer as well. In his six hundred–plus letters to theo he chronicled with heartbreaking urgency his mental breakdowns, acrimonious family relations, and struggles with art dealers, who largely ignored him until the last years of his life.
For bell, van gogh was an artistic genius and more: he was a wonder of the world. Bell writes with slashing intensity, at once scholarly and defiantly partisan.
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Including interviews with key figures who knew bhutto and have never before spoken on the record, Benazir Bhutto: Favored Daughter illuminates Bhutto’s tragic life as well as the role she played as the first female prime minister of Pakistan. Born to privilege as the daughter of one of pakistan’s great feudal families, Pakistan's charismatic and controversial prime minister, she was groomed for a diplomatic career and was thrust into the political arena when her father, was executed.
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The story of benazir bhutto, the first woman to lead a Muslim nation, seems lifted straight from Greek tragedy.
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In hitchcock, wood has found his ideal subject—an artist for whom explicit statement was anathema, who made conventional plot a hiding place rather than a source of revelation. Michael wood describes this journey with the wit and erudition that are the trademarks of his work, showcasing his singular ability to detect hidden patterns within apparently disparate forms.
Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much Icons #ad - . Whether he is writing about henry James or Hollywood in the 1920s, he is alert to the fundamental truth lurking behind the stated meaning. A master of intricate storytelling, Hitchcock was one of the first directors whose films belonged to both popular culture and high art. His film career, is studded with classics from the 39 steps to Psycho, spanning more than half a century, North by Northwest to Vertigo which in 2012 unseated Citizen Kane as the best movie of all time according to Sight and Sound.
Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian FreudThames & Hudson #ad - An extraordinary record of a great artist in his studio, it also describes what it feels like to be transformed into a work of art. Artnewslucian freud 1922-2011, widely regarded as the greatest figurative painter of our time, spent seven months painting a portrait of the art critic Martin Gayford. The daily narrative of their encounters takes the reader into that most private place, the artist’s studio, and to the heart of the working methods of this modern master—both technical and subtly psychological.
It takes one into the company of the painter for whom Picasso, and Francis Bacon were friends and contemporaries, Giacometti, as were writers such as George Orwell and W. Auden. The book is illustrated with many of lucian freud’s other works, telling photographs taken by David Dawson of Freud in his studio, and images by such great artists of the past as van Gogh and Titian who are discussed by Freud and Gayford.
Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud #ad - Full of wry observations, the book reveals the inside story of how it feels to pose for a remarkable artist and become a work of art. This is not a biography, but a series of close-ups: the artist at work and in conversation at restaurants, in taxis, and in his studio. From this emerges an understanding of what a portrait is, in words, but something else is also created: a portrait, of Freud himself.
Breakfast with Lucian: The Astounding Life and Outrageous Times of Britain's Great Modern PainterFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - 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, and some of the artist's children who have never before spoken publicly about their relationships with the painter, lovers, this is a deeply personal memoir that is illuminated by a keen appreciation of Freud's art.
Greig, who has studied his subject's work at length, unravels the tangled thread of a life lived on Freud's own uncompromising terms. 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.
Breakfast with Lucian: The Astounding Life and Outrageous Times of Britain's Great Modern Painter #ad - Fresh, and ultimately profound, funny, Breakfast with Lucian is an essential portrait—one worthy of one of the greatest painters of our time. An npr best book of 2013. In breakfast with lucian, geordie greig, revealing—of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating, engaging, enigmatic, tells an insider's account—accessible, one of a few close friends who regularly had breakfast with the painter during the last years of his life, and controversial artists.
An insider's account—the first of its kind—of the thoroughly unconventional life of one of the twentieth century's most shockingly original paintersLucian Freud's paintings are instantly recognizable: often shocking and disturbing, his portraits convey a profound yet compelling sense of discomfort.
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.
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His father abandoned the family, and his mother died when he was three. Looming large in the popular imagination as a serious poet and lively drunk who died in penury, Edgar Allan Poe was also the most celebrated and notorious writer of his day. Poe was thrown out of west Point, and married his beloved thirteen-year-old cousin, who died of tuberculosis at twenty-four.
Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living Icons #ad - He was so poor that he burned furniture to stay warm. He was a scourge to other poets, but more so to himself. In the hands of paul collins, one of our liveliest historians, this mysteriously conflicted figure emerges as a genius both driven and undone by his artistic ambitions. Clear-eyed and sympathetic, edgar Allan Poe is a spellbinding story about the man once hailed as “the Shakespeare of America.
”. Collins illuminates poe’s huge successes and greatest flop a 143-page prose poem titled Eureka, and even tracks down what may be Poe’s first published fiction, long hidden under an enigmatic byline.
Modernists and Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London PaintersThames & Hudson #ad - But martin gayford also teases out the thread weaving these individual lives together and demonstrates how and why, long after it was officially declared dead, painting lived and thrived in London. Kitaj’s proposal, that there was a “substantial school of london” was essentially correct but it caused confusion because it implied that there was a movement or stylistic group at work, made in 1976, when in reality no one style could cover the likes of Francis Bacon and also Bridget Riley.
Modernists and mavericks explores this period based on an exceptionally deep well of firsthand interviews, John Craxton, Frank Auerbach, Allen Jones, Lucian Freud, with such artists as Victor Pasmore, often unpublished, R. Kitaj, howard hodgkin, leon kossoff, frank bowling, david Hockney, John Hoyland, Bridget Riley, Euan Uglow, Terry Frost, Gillian Ayres, and Patrick Caulfield.
Modernists and Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters #ad - . R. Martin gayford’s masterful account of painting in london from the second World War to the 1970s, illustrated by documentary photographs and the works themselvesThe development of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s has never before been told before as a single narrative. B. Simultaneously aware of the influences of jackson pollock, and explored in their diverse ways, and through the teaching passed down at the major art school the traditions of Western art from Piero della Francesca to Picasso and Matisse, Giacometti, the postwar painters were bound by their confidence that this ancient medium could do fresh and marvelous things, the possibilities of paint.
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Her long career also took her to New York, where she was an art critic for the Saturday Review. Kuh focuses a sharp, the artists, and the small, critical eye on the art, extraordinary world in which they all struggled and triumphed. Artnews. In this “scintillating collection of incisive essays, ” Kuh takes you on a personal tour of the art world she loved.
A memoir of the twentieth-century art world, from the famed Art Institute of Chicago curator, critic, and historian. Katharine kuh made it her personal mission to bring modern art to the people of America. She went on to serve as the Art Institute of Chicago’s first curator of modern painting and sculpture.
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With her keen wit and insight, she shares personal remembrances of the artists she knew, from their personal lives to their creative influences and working methods.
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A legend in his own lifetime, Basquiat was a fixture of the downtown scene, a wild nexus of music, fashion, art, and drugs. A new york times notable book: this national bestseller is a vivid biography of the meteoric rise and tragic death of art star Jean-Michel Basquiat Painter Jean-Michel Basquiat was the Jimi Hendrix of the art world.
A definitive biography of this charismatic figure, basquiat: a quick killing in art is as much a portrait of the era as a portrait of the artist; an incisive exposé of the eighties art market that paints a vivid picture of the rise and fall of the graffiti movement, the East Village art scene, and the art galleries and auction houses that fueled his meteoric career.
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. Basquiat resurrects both the painter and his time. Nearly thirty years after his death, Basquiat’s story—and his art—continue to resonate and inspire.