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
William Orpen: An Onlooker in France
240 pages, hardback, 254 x 190 mm, 100 illustrations
ISBN: 978 1 903470 67 1
Commentary by Angela Weight and Robert Upstone
"...a memorable and beautiful reminder of the outstanding abilities of this truly great Irish artist".
(Bruce Arnold, Irish Independent)
"The book is beautifully produced … a lovely edition of a flawed and partial, but engaginng and fascinating book".
(Times Literary Supplement)
The best known of the Official War Artists sent to France, Orpen was the only one to publish an extensive memoir of his experiences and observations. He was a talented writer, and his accounts of the last two years of the Great War and the Peace Conference that followed it are vivid, lucid and shrewd. The book ends with a passionate indictment of politicians and their mismanagement of the War, and the rapidity with which the ordinary soldier was forgotten. This compelling book was first published in 1921.
This new edition contains a critical essay by Robert Upstone which assesses Orpen’s career as a War Artist and the pivotal impact the war had upon him. It investigates the major controversies that marked this period of his life and is set against the wider ambiguity of Irish soldiers supporting the British war effort, while at home in 1916 the Irish Republican Brotherhood proclaimed an independent Ireland. Orpen’s portraits of generals, politicians, ordinary soldiers and airmen and evocative battlefield landscapes and bitter allegories on the waste of life and futility of war accompany the text. Also included is a catalogue of the Imperial War Museum’s definitive collection of Orpen’s war paintings and drawings.
Robert Upstone is Curator of Modern British Art at Tate Britain. He has written catalogues for several major exhibitions at Tate and curated the exhibition William Orpen: Politics, Sex and Death at the Imperial War Museum and National Gallery of Ireland in 2005. Angela Weight was until 2005 Keeper of the Department of Art at the Imperial War Musuem, where she organized the art exhibition programme for many years. She is now a writer and independent curator.
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