Mad Enchantment

Mad Enchantment
Author: Ross King
Publsiher: Bond Street Books
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2016-09-20
ISBN 10: 0385684630
ISBN 13: 9780385684637
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mad Enchantment Book Review:

Acclaimed historian Ross King paints the most nuanced, riveting and humane portrait yet of Claude Monet, arguably the most famous artist of the 20th century. We have all seen—live, in photographs, on postcards—some of Claude Monet's legendary water lily paintings. They are in museums all over the world, and are among the most admired paintings of our time. Yet nobody knows the extraordinarily dramatic story behind their creation. Telling that story is the brilliant historian, Ross King—and in the process, he presents a compelling and original portrait of perhaps the most beloved artist in history. As World War I exploded within hearing distance of his house at Giverny, Monet was facing his own personal crucible. In 1911, his adored wife, Alice, had died, plunging him into deep mourning at age 71. A year later he began going blind. Then, his eldest son, Jean, fell ill and died of syphilis, and his other son was sent to the front to fight for France. Within months, a violent storm destroyed much of the garden that had been his inspiration for some 20 years. At the same time, his reputation was under attack, as a new generation of artists, led by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, were dazzling the art world and expressing disgust with Impressionism. Against all this, fighting his own self-doubt, depression and age, Monet found the wherewithal to construct a massive new studio, 70 feet long and 50 feet high, to accommodate the gigantic canvases that would, he hoped, revive him. Using letters, memoirs and other sources not employed by other biographers, and focusing on this remarkable period in the artist's life, Ross King reveals a more complex, more human, more intimate Claude Monet than has ever been portrayed, and firmly places his water lily project among the greatest achievements in the history of art.

Mad Enchantment

Mad Enchantment
Author: Ross King
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2016-09-06
ISBN 10: 1632860147
ISBN 13: 9781632860149
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mad Enchantment Book Review:

From bestselling author Ross King, a brilliant portrait of the legendary artist and the story of his most memorable achievement. Claude Monet is perhaps the world's most beloved artist, and among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are most famous. Monet intended the water lilies to provide "an asylum of peaceful meditation." Yet, as Ross King reveals in his magisterial chronicle of both artist and masterpiece, these beautiful canvases belie the intense frustration Monet experienced in trying to capture the fugitive effects of light, water, and color. They also reflect the terrible personal torments Monet suffered in the last dozen years of his life. Mad Enchantment tells the full story behind the creation of the Water Lilies, as the horrors of World War I came ever closer to Paris and Giverny and a new generation of younger artists, led by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, were challenging the achievements of Impressionism. By early 1914, French newspapers were reporting that Monet, by then seventy-three, had retired his brushes. He had lost his beloved wife, Alice, and his eldest son, Jean. His famously acute vision--what Paul Cezanne called "the most prodigious eye in the history of painting†?--was threatened by cataracts. And yet, despite ill health, self-doubt, and advancing age, Monet began painting again on a more ambitious scale than ever before. Linking great artistic achievement to the personal and historical dramas unfolding around it, Ross King presents the most intimate and revealing portrait of an iconic figure in world culture.

Mad Enchantment

Mad Enchantment
Author: Ross King
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2016-09-08
ISBN 10: 1408861968
ISBN 13: 9781408861967
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mad Enchantment Book Review:

Claude Monet's water lily paintings are among the most iconic and beloved works of art of the past century. Yet these entrancing images were created at a time of terrible private turmoil and sadness for the artist. The dramatic history behind these paintings is little known; Ross King's Mad Enchantment tells the full story for the first time and, in the process, presents a compelling and original portrait of one of our most popular and cherished artists. By the outbreak of war in 1914, Monet, then in his mid-seventies, was one of the world's most famous and successful painters, with a large house in the country, a fleet of automobiles and a colossal reputation. However, he had virtually given up painting following the death of his wife Alice in 1911 and the onset of blindness a year later. Nonetheless, it was during this period of sorrow, ill health and creative uncertainty that – as the guns roared on the Western Front – he began the most demanding and innovative paintings he had ever attempted. Encouraged by close friends such as Georges Clemenceau, France's dauntless prime minister, Monet would work on these magnificent paintings throughout the war years and then for the rest of his life. So obsessed with his monumental task that the village barber was summoned to clip his hair as he worked beside his pond, he covered hundreds of yards of canvas with shimmering layers of pigment. As his ambitions expanded with his paintings, he began planning what he intended to be his legacy to the world: the 'Musée Claude Monet' in the Orangerie in Paris. Drawing on letters and memoirs and focusing on this remarkable period in the artist's life, Mad Enchantment gives an intimate portrayal of Claude Monet in all his tumultuous complexity, and firmly places his water lily paintings among the greatest achievements in the history of art.

The Judgment of Paris

The Judgment of Paris
Author: Ross King
Publsiher: Anchor Canada
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2012-01-11
ISBN 10: 0307374963
ISBN 13: 9780307374967
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Judgment of Paris Book Review:

The fascinating new book by the author of Brunelleschi’s Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling: a saga of artistic rivalry and cultural upheaval in the decade leading to the birth of Impressionism. If there were two men who were absolutely central to artistic life in France in the second half of the nineteenth century, they were Edouard Manet and Ernest Meissonier. While the former has been labelled the “Father of Impressionism” and is today a household name, the latter has sunk into obscurity. It is difficult now to believe that in 1864, when this story begins, it was Meissonier who was considered the greatest French artist alive and who received astronomical sums for his work, while Manet was derided for his messy paintings of ordinary people and had great difficulty getting any of his work accepted at the all-important annual Paris Salon. Manet and Meissonier were the Mozart and Salieri of their day, one a dangerous challenge to the establishment, the other beloved by rulers and the public alike for his painstakingly meticulous oil paintings of historical subjects. Out of the fascinating story of their parallel careers, Ross King creates a lens through which to view the political tensions that dogged Louis-Napoleon during the Second Empire, his ignominious downfall, and the bloody Paris Commune of 1871. At the same time, King paints a wonderfully detailed and vivid portrait of life in an era of radical social change: on the streets of Paris, at the new seaside resorts of Boulogne and Trouville, and at the race courses and picnic spots where the new bourgeoisie relaxed. When Manet painted Dejeuner sur l’herbe or Olympia, he shocked not only with his casual brushstrokes (described by some as applied by a ‘floor mop’ ) but with his subject matter: top-hatted white-collar workers (and their mistresses) were not considered suitable subjects for ‘Art’. Ross King shows how, benign as they might seem today, these paintings changed the course of history. The struggle between Meissonier and Manet to see their paintings achieve pride of place at the Salon was not just about artistic competitiveness, it was about how to see the world. Full of fantastic tidbits of information (such as the use of carrier pigeons and hot-air balloons during the siege of Paris), and a colourful cast of characters that includes Baudelaire, Courbet, and Zola, with walk-on parts for Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Cezanne, The Judgment of Paris casts new light on the birth of Impressionism and takes us to the heart of a time in which the modern French identity was being forged.

Defiant Spirits

Defiant Spirits
Author: Ross King
Publsiher: D & M Publishers
Total Pages: 504
Release: 2010-09-25
ISBN 10: 9781553658078
ISBN 13: 1553658078
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Defiant Spirits Book Review:

Beginning in 1912, Defiant Spirits traces the artistic development of Tom Thomson and the future members of the Group of Seven, Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald, and Frederick Varley, over a dozen years in Canadian history. Working in an eclectic and sometimes controversial blend of modernist styles, they produced what an English critic celebrated in the 1920s as the “most vital group of paintings” of the 20th century. Inspired by Cézanne, Van Gogh and other modernist artists, they tried to interpret the Ontario landscape in light of the strategies of the international avant-garde. Based after 1914 in the purpose-built Studio Building for Canadian Art, the young artists embarked on what Lawren Harris called “an all-engrossing adventure”: travelling north into the anadian Shield and forging a style of painting appropriate to what they regarded as the unique features of Canada’s northern landscape. Rigorously researched and drawn from archival documents and letters, Defiant Spirits constitutes a “group biography,” reconstructing the men’s aspirations, frustrations and achievements. It details not only the lives of Tom Thomson and the members of the Group of Seven but also the political and social history of Canada

Enchantments

Enchantments
Author: Kathryn Harrison
Publsiher: Random House Incorporated
Total Pages: 314
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 1400063477
ISBN 13: 9781400063475
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Enchantments Book Review:

Masha, the eighteen-year-old daughter of Rasputin, is sent to live in the imperial palace with Tsar Nicholas's family, where she tends the ailing Prince Alyosha, with whom she exchanges comforting family stories when the royal family is arrested.

Leonardo and the Last Supper

Leonardo and the Last Supper
Author: Ross King
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2012-01-01
ISBN 10: 0747599475
ISBN 13: 9780747599470
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leonardo and the Last Supper Book Review:

Milan, 1496 and forty-four-year-old Leonardo da Vinci has a reputation for taking on commissions and failing to complete them. He is in a state of professional uncertainty and financial difficulty. For eighteen months he has been painting murals in both the Sforza Castle in Milan and the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The latter project will become the Last Supper, a complex mural that took a full three years to complete on a surface fifteen feet high by twenty feet wide. Not only had he never attempted a painting of such size, but he had no experience whatsoever in painting in the physically demanding medium of fresco.For more than five centuries the Last Supper has been an artistic, religious and cultural icon. The art historian Kenneth Clark has called it 'the keystone of European art', and for a century after its creation it was regarded as nothing less than a miraculous image. Even today, according to Clark, we regard the painting as 'more a work of nature than a work of man'. And yet there is a very human story behind this artistic 'miracle', which was created against the backdrop of momentous events both in Milan and in the life of Leonardo himself.In Leonardo and the Last Supper, Ross King tells the complete story of this creation of this mural: the adversities suffered by the artist during its execution; the experimental techniques he employed; the models for Christ and the Apostles that he used; and the numerous personalities involved - everyone from the Leonardo's young assistants to Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan who commissioned the work. Ross King's new book is both a record of Leonardo da Vinci's last five years in Milan and a 'biography' of one of the most famous works of art ever painted.

Michelangelo And The Pope s Ceiling

Michelangelo And The Pope s Ceiling
Author: Ross King
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2012-10-31
ISBN 10: 1446418839
ISBN 13: 9781446418833
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Michelangelo And The Pope s Ceiling Book Review:

In 1508, Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The thirty-three-year-old Michelangelo had very little experience of the physically and technically taxing art of fresco; and, at twelve thousand square feet, the ceiling represented one of the largest such projects ever attempted. Nevertheless, for the next four years he and a hand-picked team of assistants laboured over the vast ceiling, making thousands of drawings and spending back-breaking hours on a scaffold fifty feet above the floor. The result was one of the greatest masterpieces of all time. This fascinating book tells the story of those four extraordinary years and paints a magnificent picture of day-to-day life on the Sistine scaffolding - and outside, in the upheaval of early sixteenth-century Rome.

Trolled

Trolled
Author: Bruce Coville
Publsiher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2017
ISBN 10: 0385392591
ISBN 13: 9780385392594
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Trolled Book Review:

Ned Thump is a seven-foot troll who is made fun of for his love of words so he escapes from the Enchanted Realm to the human world and secretly becomes a night watchman at Grand Central Terminal.

The New Girl An Up2U Character Education Adventure

The New Girl  An Up2U Character Education Adventure
Author: Anastasia Suen
Publsiher: ABDO
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2014-09-01
ISBN 10: 1616419687
ISBN 13: 9781616419684
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Girl An Up2U Character Education Adventure Book Review:

Up2U Adventures�where the ending is Up2U! When Vanessa starts school in the middle of the year, she is teased and ignored. Sara has gone through this before, and she doesn�t like what is happening. But, she doesn�t want to cause trouble with Courtney, the most popular girl in the class. What will Sara do? The ending is Up2U. Calico Chapter Books is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades 2-5.

On the Road Again

On the Road Again
Author: Marie-Louise Gay,David Homel
Publsiher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2012-01-04
ISBN 10: 1554983037
ISBN 13: 9781554983032
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On the Road Again Book Review:

In the sequel to Travels With My Family, the family is on the road again -- this time to spend a year in a tiny village in southern France. They experiences the spring migration of sheep up to the mountain pastures, the annual running of the bulls (in which Charlie's father is trapped in a phone booth by a raging bull), and other adventures large and small. Most of all, though, Charlie and his little brother, Max, grow fond of their new neighbors -- the man who steals ducks from the local river, the neighbor's dog who sleeps right in the middle of the street and their new friends Rachid and Ahmed, who teach them how to play soccer in the village square.

Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Painting
Author: Tom Hoffmann
Publsiher: Watson-Guptill
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2012-12-11
ISBN 10: 0823006743
ISBN 13: 9780823006748
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Watercolor Painting Book Review:

The beauty of a watercolor painting lies in its diaphanous layers, delicate strokes, and luminous washes. However, the very features that define the beauty of the medium can make it difficult to master. This complete guide to understanding the relationships between color, value, wetness, and composition unravels the mysteries of watercolor to help your practice evolve. Experienced teacher and acclaimed artist Tom Hoffmann offers a unique, inquiry-based approach that shows you how to translate any subject into the language of watercolor. With Hoffmann as your guide, you’ll learn the key questions to ask yourself at every turn and time-tested methods to help you reach solutions. Hoffmann’s thorough explanations and step-by-step demonstrations delineate the process of composing a painting in watercolor, while art from more than thirty-five past and present masters, including John Singer Sargent, Ogden Pleissner, George Post, Emil Kosa, Jr., Mary Whyte, Trevor Chamberlain, Lars Lerin, Torgeir Schjølberg, Piet Lap, Leslie Frontz, and Alvaro Castagnet serve to illustrate and inspire. Whether you’re a serious beginner or a seasoned practitioner, this book will guide you toward the all-important balance between restraint and risk-taking that every watercolorist seeks.

The Bookseller of Florence

The Bookseller of Florence
Author: Ross King
Publsiher: Bond Street Books
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2021-04-13
ISBN 10: 0385692986
ISBN 13: 9780385692984
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bookseller of Florence Book Review:

Award-winning and bestselling author Ross King is back with another rich, gripping history--a story of rivalry, new technology and the finest illuminated manuscripts known to history, all set against a Renaissance Florence backdrop. Against the endlessly rich and fascinating backdrop of Renaissance Florence, The Bookseller of Florence brings to light an extraordinary story about the city and its culture--that of Vespasiano da Bisticci, the "king of the world's booksellers," Florence's most indispensable and prolific merchant of knowledge. His bookshop in the heart of Florence was a gathering place for the city's most prominent poets and philosophers, and it was there that Vespasiano and his team of scribes created beautiful illuminated manuscripts for their clients, a cast of powerful popes and wealthy European princes. But in 1476, as Vespasiano began working on one of his most famed and gorgeous works, the Urbino Bible, the printing press came to Florence and threatened his life's work. The Bookseller of Florence tells the story of the people at the forefront of the world's greatest cultural and technological revolution. It explores the clash between old and new and the way it can produce an explosion of fresh ideas, and is the definitive tome on one of the world's most transformative moments in time.

At My Door

At My Door
Author: Deb Fitzpatrick
Publsiher: Fremantle Press
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2015-10-01
ISBN 10: 1925163253
ISBN 13: 9781925163254
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

At My Door Book Review:

Deliveries do not come late on a school night. They don't come in a speeding car. And they don't cry. When Poppy Campbell's dad opens the front door to find a small, very distressed child clinging to a green blanket, the family try their hardest to do the right thing. They make the little girl comfortable, call the police, and look after her while the authorities search for her family.

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted
Author: Gail Carson Levine
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2012-12-26
ISBN 10: 0062253484
ISBN 13: 9780062253484
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ella Enchanted Book Review:

This beloved Newbery Honor-winning story about a feisty heroine is sure to enchant readers new and old. At her birth, Ella of Frell receives a foolish fairy's gift—the “gift” of obedience. Ella must obey any order, whether it's to hop on one foot for a day and a half, or to chop off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not accept her fate... Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse forever.

Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee
Author: Jerry Spinelli
Publsiher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2014-01-28
ISBN 10: 0316333506
ISBN 13: 9780316333504
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Maniac Magee Book Review:

A Newbery Medal winning modern classic about a racially divided small town and a boy who runs. Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run--and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.

Traces of Vermeer

Traces of Vermeer
Author: Jane Jelley
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-07-14
ISBN 10: 0192506900
ISBN 13: 9780192506900
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Traces of Vermeer Book Review:

Johannes Vermeer's luminous paintings are loved and admired around the world, yet we do not understand how they were made. We see sunlit spaces; the glimmer of satin, silver, and linen; we see the softness of a hand on a lute string or letter. We recognise the distilled impression of a moment of time; and we feel it to be real. We might hope for some answers from the experts, but they are confounded too. Even with the modern technology available, they do not know why there is an absence of any preliminary drawing; why there are shifts in focus; and why his pictures are unusually blurred. Some wonder if he might possibly have used a camera obscura to capture what he saw before him. The few traces Vermeer has left behind tell us little: there are no letters or diaries; and no reports of him at work. Jane Jelley has taken a new path in this detective story. A painter herself, she has worked with the materials of his time: the cochineal insect and lapis lazuli; the sheep bones, soot, earth and rust. She shows us how painters made their pictures layer by layer; she investigates old secrets; and hears travellers' tales. She explores how Vermeer could have used a lens in the creation of his masterpieces. The clues were there all along. After all this time, now we can unlock the studio door, and catch a glimpse of Vermeer inside, painting light.

Monet at Giverny

Monet at Giverny
Author: Karin Sagner-Düchting,Claude Monet
Publsiher: Prestel Pub
Total Pages: 118
Release: 1999
ISBN 10: 9783791320069
ISBN 13: 3791320068
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Monet at Giverny Book Review:

In May 1883 the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet settled with his family in Giverny, a small village on the Seine northwest of Paris. There, amidst the romantic garden landscape that Monet himself helped to design - including his own house and studio, greenhouses, ponds, and a Japanese-style bridge - the most fascinating and mature works of his last forty years came into being. In this volume Sagner-Duchting examines three important series that Monet painted in the immediate vicinity of Giverny: the Grain Stacks, the Poplars, and the Early Morning on the Seine series. In addition to providing a fascinating look at the influence of Giverny and its surroundings on his work, the author discusses Monet's innovative "open form, " exemplified by the paintings in his famous Waterlilies series. With these late works, Monet diverged from traditional pictorial ideas and came to be recognized as a pioneer of modern art.

Brunelleschi s Dome

Brunelleschi s Dome
Author: Ross King
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 194
Release: 2013-08-13
ISBN 10: 1620401932
ISBN 13: 9781620401934
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brunelleschi s Dome Book Review:

Describes how a fifteenth-century goldsmith and clockmaker, Filippo Brunelleschi, came up with a unique design for the dome to crown Florence's magnificent new cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, in a dramatic study set against the turbulent backdrop of Renaissance Italy.

Oscar Claude Monet the Paintings

Oscar Claude Monet   the Paintings
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 88
Release: 2017-02-01
ISBN 10: 9781520502977
ISBN 13: 1520502974
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Oscar Claude Monet the Paintings Book Review:

The works of French Impressionist painter Oscar Claude Monet (14 November 1840 - 5 December 1926)