Dali. As dalí himself explained, he painted with “the most imperialist fury of precision, ” but only “to systematize confusion and thus to help discredit completely the world of reality. Revolutionizing the role of the artist, fashion, the mustache-twirling Dalí also had the intuition to parade a controversial persona in the public arena and, writing, through printmaking, and film, advertising, to create work that could be consumed and not just contemplated on a gallery wall.

This book explores both the painting and the personality of Dalí, decay, introducing his technical skill as well as his provocative compositions and challenging themes of death, and eroticism. Painter, writer, sculptor, filmmaker, and all-round showman Salvador Dalí 1904–1989 was one of the 20th century’s greatest exhibitionists and eccentrics.

One of the first artists to apply the insights of freudian psychoanalysis to art, with such conceits as the soft watches or the lobster telephone, he is celebrated in particular for his surrealist practice, now hallmarks of the surrealist enterprise, and of modernism in general. Dalí frequently described his paintings as “hand-painted dream photographs.

Their tantalizing tension and interest resides in the precise rendering of bizarre elements and incongruous arrangements.

Van Gogh Basic Art Series 2.0

In sunflowers, the starry night, we recognize an artist uniquely dexterous in the portrayal of mood and place through paint, pencil, and many paintings and drawings beyond, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, charcoal, or chalk. Yet as he was deploying the lurid colors, and contoured forms that would subsequently make his name, emphatic brushwork, van Gogh battled not only the disinterest of his contemporary audience but also devastating bouts of mental illness.

Today, the works of vincent van gogh 1853–1890 are among the most well known and celebrated in the world. Van Gogh. His episodes of depression and anxiety would eventually claim his life, when, in 1890, he committed suicide shortly after his 37th birthday. This richly illustrated introduction follows vincent van gogh’s story from his earliest pictures of peasants and rural workers, through his bright Parisian period, to his final, feverish burst of creative energy in the South of France during the last two and a half years of his life.


Dalí. The Paintings Bibliotheca Universalis

Van Gogh. Dali The Paintings. After many years of research, Robert Descharnes and Gilles Néret finally located the paintings of this highly prolific artist. He was one of the first to apply the insights of Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis to the art of painting, approaching the subconscious with extraordinary sensitivity and imagination.

This publication presents the artist’s painted oeuvre. Many of the works had been inaccessible for years―in fact so many that almost half the illustrations in this book had rarely been seen in public. Painter, sculptor, and filmmaker, writer, salvador Dalí 1904–1989 was one of the century’s greatest exhibitionists and eccentrics―and was rewarded with fierce controversy wherever he went.


Surrealism Basic Art Series 2.0

Dali The Paintings. Inspired by the psychoanalytical practice of Sigmund Freud, the Surrealists championed the unconscious as the domain of truth, uninhibited by the standards or expectations of society. With techniques ranging from hypnotism to nocturnal walks to automatic writing, Max Ernst, Brassaï, drawings, the likes of André Breton, texts, and Meret Oppenheim produced paintings, and films in which they sought to excavate their most intimate and primal instincts.

Surrealism. With salvador dalí as its figurehead, the great ship of Surrealism traversed the turbulent seas of the early 20th century with sails billowing with dreams and desires. The results abound with sexual fantasies, with mysterious, menacing creatures, and with the juxtaposition of seemingly contradictory objects or ideas.

This book introduces the origins and the sensational legacy of the Surrealist movement, art, one of the most profound and enduring influences on film, theater, literature, and thought. Featured artists: hans arp, meret oppenheim, andré masson, andré breton, joan miró, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Alberto Giacometti, Matta, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Max Ernst, Yves Tanguy Van Gogh.


Matisse Basic Art Series 2.0

Taschen. Including preparatory studies, discover the artist's adventurous path, full-page reproductions, and enlarged details, from the chromatic brilliance of his Fauve period, right through to his invention of gouache cut-outs at the ripe age of 80. The bard of color deserves no less. The work of henri matisse 1869–1954 reflects an ongoing belief in the power of brilliant colors and simple forms.

Dali The Paintings. Each image has been reproduced with painstaking care to create a viewing experience worthy of the expressionist par excellence. Surrealism. It was matisse’s palette that particularly thrilled the modern imagination. Van Gogh. With vivid blue, egg-yolk yellow, amethyst purple, and many shades beyond he liberated his work from a meticulous representation of reality and sought instead a “vital harmony, ” often referring to music as an inspiration or analogy for his work.

A comprehensive and informative source, this lavishly illustrated publication has been revised in close collaboration with the Matisse estate. Though famed in particular for his paintings, and collage, lithography, stained glass, sculpture, Matisse also worked with drawing, developing his unique cut-out medium when old age left him unable to stand and paint.

Matisse’s subjects were often conventional: nudes, and figures in landscapes, Oriental scenes, but in his handling of bold color and fluid draftsmanship, and interior views, portraits, he secured his place as a 20th-century master.

Klimt Basic Art Series 2.0

Surrealism. Van Gogh. Taschen. The unfading popularity of gustav klimt 1862–1918 attests not only to the particular appeal of his luxuriant painting but also to the universal themes with which he worked: love, aging, feminine beauty, and death. The son of a goldsmith, klimt created surfaces of ornate and jewel-like luminosity which show the influence of both Egyptian and Japanese art.

Dali The Paintings. Through paintings, floral elements, fluid lines, his work is defined by radiant color, and friezes, murals, and mosaic-like patterning. With subjects ranging from sensuality and desire to anxiety and despair, all this iridescence is also suffused with feeling. Klimt’s numerous images of women, tender flesh, and flushed cheeks, characterized by curvaceous forms, red lips, were particularly charged with passion, at a time when such frank eroticism was still taboo in Viennese upper-middle-class society.

This book presents a selection of Klimt’s work, introducing his pictorial world of decoration and desire, as well as his influence on artists to come.

Warhol Basic Art Series 2.0

Through warhol, a campbell’s soup can and Coca Cola bottle became as worthy of artistic status as any traditional still life. This book introduces warhol’s multifaceted, prolific oeuvre, producing, which revolutionized distinctions between “high” and “low” art and integrated ideas of living, and consuming that remain central questions of modern experience.

Andy warhol 1928–1987 is hailed as the most important proponent of the Pop art movement. Famously stating “i want to be a machine, working with mass-production methods and images, ” he systematically reduced the presence of his own authorship, as well as dozens of assistants in a studio he dubbed the Factory.

A critical and creative observer of American society, he explored key themes of consumerism, media, materialism, and celebrity. Drawing on contemporary advertisements, comic strips, consumer products, and Hollywood’s most famous faces, Warhol proposed a radical reevaluation of what constituted artistic subject matter.

Van Gogh. Surrealism. At the same time, Warhol reconfigured the role of the artist. Taschen. Dali The Paintings.

Monet Basic Art Series 2.0

Taschen. Surrealism. Warhol. Defying the precedent of centuries, Monet did not seek to render only reality, but the act of perception itself. Dali The Paintings. Monet. Working “en plein air” with rapid, impetuous brush strokes, patterns, he interrogated the play of light on the hues, and contours and the way in which these visual impressions fall upon the eye.

Monet's interest in this space “between the motif and the artist” encompassed too the ephemeral nature of each image we see. Hailed the “prince of the impressionists”, Claude Monet 1840-1926 transformed expectations for the purpose of paint on canvas. Van Gogh. In his beloved water lily series, and at different times of the day, and the Rouen cathedral, different weather conditions, as well as in paintings of poplars, grain stacks, he returned to the same motif in different seasons, to explore the constant mutability of our visual environment.

This book offers the essential introduction to an artist whose works simultaneously reflected upon the purpose of a picture and the passage of time, and in so doing transformed irrevocably the story of art.

Degas Basic Art Series 2.0

With often ambitious, 500 works, off-kilter vantage points, his images of ballerinas numbered approximately 1, all deeply invested in the physicality and the discipline of dance. Through illustrations of foyer de la danse 1872, and an endless fascination with movement, and many more, Musicians in the Orchestra 1872, a world of classical resonance, this book provides an essential overview of the artist who created a category all his own, bold compositions, which together produced some of the most striking and influential works of the era.

Dali The Paintings. Van Gogh. Taschen. Warhol. His subjects centered on the teeming, as well as its leisure entertainments, and, such as horse racing, most particularly, noisy streets of Paris, cabarets, ballet. Taschen. Monet. Surrealism. Most commonly associated with the birth of the impressionist movement in mid-19th-century Paris, the body in motion, Edgar Degas 1834–1917 in fact defied easy categorization and instead developed a unique style, strongly influenced by Old Masters, and everyday urban life.

The elder scion of a wealthy family, degas cofounded a series of exhibitions of “Impressionist” art, but soon disassociated himself from the group in pursuit of a more realist approach.

Kandinsky Basic Art Series 2.0

He was involved with both the influential Blaue Reiter and Bauhaus groups and left a legacy not only of dazzling visual work, but also of highly influential treatises such as Concerning the Spiritual in Art. Monet. Tracing the artist’s radical stylistic development, it shows how one painter’s progression paved the way for generations of abstract expression to come.

Surrealism. Van Gogh. Warhol. Taschen. Kandinsky. Over the course of his artistic career, Wassily Kandinsky 1866–1944 transformed not only his own style, but the course of art history. Dali The Paintings. From early figurative and landscape painting, emotive, he went on to pioneer a spiritual, rhythmic use of color and line and is today credited with creating the first purely abstract work.

As much a teacher and theorist as he was a practicing artist, ethnology, Kandinsky’s interests in music, myth, theater, philosophy, and the occult, poetry, were all essential components to his painting and engraving. Key tenets included the connections between painting, music and mystical experience, and the purification of art away from material realism and towards an emotional expression, condensed in particular by color.

This book presents key Kandinsky works to introduce his repertoire of vivid colors, forms, and feelings. Taschen.

Kahlo Basic Art Series 2.0

Taschen. Monet. Kandinsky. The arresting pictures of Frida Kahlo 1907–54 were in many ways expressions of trauma. The artist described her paintings as “the most sincere and real thing that I could do in order to express what I felt inside and outside of myself. This book introduces the rich body of kahlo’s work to explore her unremitting determination as an artist, and her significance as a painter, feminist icon, and a pioneer of Latin American culture.

Taschen. Many of her works also explore the Communist political ideals which Kahlo shared with her husband Diego Rivera. Warhol. Dali The Paintings. Van Gogh. Through a near-fatal road accident at the age of 18, miscarriage and childlessness, failing health, a turbulent marriage, she transformed the afflictions into revolutionary art.

In literal or metaphorical self-portraiture, veins, rejecting her destiny as a passive victim and rather intertwining expressions of her experience into a hybrid real-surreal language of living: hair, vines, Kahlo looks out at the viewer with an audacious glare, roots, tendrils and fallopian tubes. Kahlo.