The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers [EPUB]
30 June 2017, 01:57
2017 | EPUB | 192.56MB
From T.J. Clark comes this provocative study of the origins of modern art in the painting of Parisian life by Edouard Manet and his followers.
The Paris of the 1860s and 1870s was a brand-new city, recently adorned with boulevards, cafés, parks, Great Exhibitions, and suburban pleasure grounds—the birthplace of the habits of commerce and leisure that we ourselves know as "modern life." A new kind of culture quickly developed in this remade metropolis, sights and spectacles avidly appropriated by a new kind of "consumer": clerks and shopgirls, neither working class nor bourgeois, inventing their own social position in a system profoundly altered by their very existence. Emancipated and rootless, these men and women flocked to the bars and nightclubs of Paris, went boating on the Seine at Argenteuil, strolled the island of La Grande-Jatte—enacting a charade of community that was to be captured and scrutinized by Manet, Degas, and Seurat.
It is Clark's cogently argued (and profusely illustrated) thesis that modern art emerged from these painters' attempts to represent this new city and its inhabitants. Concentrating on three of Manet's greatest works and Seurat's masterpiece, Clark traces the appearance and development of the artists' favorite themes and subjects, and the technical innovations that they employed to depict a way of life which, under its liberated, pleasure-seeking surface, was often awkward and anxious.
Through their paintings, Manet and the Impressionists ask us, and force us to ask ourselves: Is the freedom offered by modernity a myth? Is modern life heroic or monotonous, glittering or tawdry, spectacular or dull? The Painting of Modern Life illuminates for us the ways, both forceful and subtle, in which Manet and his followers raised these questions and doubts, which are as valid for our time as for the age they portrayed.
Amplified Art: Dynamic Techniques for High-Impact Pages [EPUB]
29 June 2017, 14:01
2016 | EPUB | 64.36MB
Create art with a visual impact!
Discover how to express yourself loud and proud with the help of Amplified Art. In this fiercely fun technique book, you'll learn to create art journal pages that pop, using step-by-step instruction for adding arresting color, high contrast graphic elements and dynamic hand-lettering!
- Learn an easy method for creating your own collage papers using the Gelli Plate, stencils, paint, stamps and more
- Develop visually-grabbing handwritten fonts
- Create whimsical faces (even if you think you can't draw a face!)
- Experiment with processes for working in both black and white as well as limited color palettes and more
Experiment, play and express yourself boldly with Amplified Art!
The Practice of Art: A Classic Victorian Treatise [EPUB]
24 June 2017, 16:10
2016 | EPUB | 22.98MB
Originally published in 1845 as The Principles & Practice of Art: With Illustrations Drawn and Engraved by the Author, this enduring guide is the work of an English painter and lithographer. J. D. Harding wrote several popular books on art instruction, and this volume constitutes one of his finest. A comprehensive manual geared toward practicing artists, the book features 24 black-and-white plates of illustrations by Harding that elucidate his observations and instructions. Topics include:
- Imitation as Applied to Art
- The Distinction Between the Judgment and the Feelings with Respect to Art
- Beauty and Form
- Light and Shade
- Drawing from Nature
Art historians and students—especially those of nineteenth–century art—will prize this book for its philosophical theory of beauty and its abundant supply of illustrative examples, rendered in various styles of engraving and lithography.