A haunting evocation of the ruined country estates of the Russian aristocracy of the 18th and 19th centuries. Revolution, civil war, invasion, anarchy and casual indifference have conspired against many of the grand buildings of Russia’s rich and complex past. While the architectural riches of Moscow and St Petersburg still exist for everyone to see, when the photographer Simon Marsden and author Duncan McLaren entered the Russian countryside, away from the obvious tourist trails, they encountered a very different world... More
Late & Post Modern
De László: A Brush with Grandeur PAPERBACK
208 pages, paperback, 280 x 245 mm, 130 illustrations
ISBN: 978 1 903470 18 3
Catalogue by Sandra de Laszlo. Essays by Gábor Bellák, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Ormond, Christopher Wood and Suzanne Bailey. Revised and updated by Christopher Wentworth-Stanley.
Philip de László, following a meteoric rise to recognition in his native Hungary, settled in Britain in 1907 and became the leading portrait-painter in the country – taking over from Sargent. Marrying into the Guiness family, he painted members of almost every royal family in Europe and very many more of its Who’s Who. He painted the present Queen Elizabeth as a girl, as well as the late Queen Mother and George VI. He is known especially as a portraitist of beautiful women (including Elinor Glyn), but his male portraits are very forceful and his talent was universal – including landscape, animal subjects and children, and drawings and sketches as well as oil paintings.
This book, the previous edition of which accompanied the first retrospective exhibition of de László since his death in 1937, illustrates a rich and representative selection of his work, drawn from a range of private collections, and, aided by stunning colour plates, re-introduces this well-known but little studied artist to a wider public. Its distinguished contributors include Christopher Lloyd, formerly Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, Gábor Bellák, Curator of 19th-century Paintings and Drawings at the Hungarian National Gallery, Richard Ormond, formerly Director of the National Maritime Museum and a recognised authority on Sargent, and Christopher Wood, well known for his books on 19th-century art. The catalogue entries, by Sandra de Laszlo, contain fascinating biographical as well as art historical information.
This book is first published to accompany the major exhibition at Compton Verney, ‘The Artist’s Studio’, staged at this great Adam-designed country house in Warwickshire. This rarely studied subject is covered in expert essays based upon new research from the late sixteenth century to the present day, focusing upon artists from Rembrandt and Courbet, via Rossetti and Cézanne to Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. More
OUT OF PRINT In the early nineteenth century Paris was an irresistible attraction for thousands of British tourists, among whom were many painters. There was an unprecedented interest in views of the city, and artists responded to this excitement with an extraordinary range of works, from simple pencil views to the most elaborate watercolours. It is this remarkable contribution of the British to the iconography of Paris, and the fact that it was in the early nineteenth century that the French capital became the major destination for mass middle-class tourism that it has remained ever since, that justifies the title of this publication – The Discovery of Paris. More