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
Late & Post Modern
In Celebration of Cecil Collins: Visionary Artist and Educator
320 pages, paperback, 285 x 245 mm, over 170 illustrations
ISBN: 978 1 872468 99 0
Compiled and edited by Nomi Rowe, who studied with Cecil Collins for five years at the City Literary Institute.
Cecil Collins (1908–1989) is arguably one of the greatest English visionary artists since Blake and Palmer. With emblematic figures such as the Fool, the Angel, the Pilgrim and the Sibyl in extraordinary landscapes, Collins portrayed an original and inspiring philosophy of life. He has been recognized as belonging to the Neo-Romantic movement of poetical art which flourished in the post-war period, but his dedication to depicting his mystic understanding made his work highly distinctive. His lyrical art is in some ways closer in spirit to the French Symbolists, especially Odilon Redon, and he has some affinities with Paul Klee and Georges Rouault.
In Celebration of Cecil Collins creates a centenary portrait of the artist, a mosaic in word form, through the reflections and memories of his friends, admirers and students. Occasional pieces are drawn from his essays and formulations about the creative process. Also included are the previously unpublished transcript of a talk he gave at the Tate Gallery, a fairy story written for his god-daughter and his commentary to the film about him The Eye of the Heart as well as his notes for a talk to his students on the classic film Elektra. The vitality of his charismatic presence is recreated through the many people whose lives he affected so profoundly. The influences which shaped Collins’ art and philosophy, are considered, as well as the wider historical and political context.
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
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