Compton Verney

Creating the Countryside: The Rural Idyll Past and Present

Paperback, 260 x 216 mm, 120 pages, 60 colour illus.
PRICE: £20.00
ISBN: 978 1 911300 10 6

 

The rural idyll occupies a deeply rooted place in the collective imagination. This highly original and vibrant study examines how key moments in art history have shaped our understanding of the British countryside and how contemporary artists continue to access and often challenge this concept. Read more


Celebrating Britain: Canaletto, Hogarth and Patriotism

Canaletto’s time in mid-Georgian Britain has received much scholarly attention in the past. But this book places his work in a broader political and social context, linking his fascinating paintings and drawings with the growing sense of assurance and mission which the British nation was then beginning to display. More

Stanley Spencer and the English Garden

Stanley Spencer (1891–1959) is perhaps best known for his mystical biblical scenes and candid self-portraits, but it was his magnificent paintings of gardens, houses and landscapes, set in the small alleys and overgrown backyards of his home village of Cookham, which proved more popular during his lifetime. Published to accompany an exhibition at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, this book is the first to focus specifically on Spencer’s landscape paintings, and to consider them as a group, rather than as punctuation marks between the figure paintings. More

Flight and the Artistic Imagination

Accompanying a major exhibition at Compton Verney, this book examines the innate human desire to transcend the limitations of physiology and gravity – and to fly. Through an intriguing combination of paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings, prints and video, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Paul Nash, Peter Lanyon and Hiraki Sawa, the reader will be provided with a unique overview of artists' creative responses to flight, from the earliest imaginings to an era in which space travel has allowed us to glimpse other worlds. More