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  • Mondrianby Jp. A. Calosse

    Parkstone International 2011; US$ 3.50

    Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), who can be assigned to the school of classical modernism, was born in Amersfort, Netherlands. After studying in Amsterdam, he started his artistīs career in the impressionist style as a figure and landscape painter. His works from these years showed the influence of Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) and of Fauvism, a French school... more...

  • But Is It Art?by Cynthia Freeland

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 9.99

    In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this book, Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, clarifying contemporary and historical... more...

  • Imaging Wisdomby Jacob N Kinnard

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    This book contributes to the history of religions and Buddhist studies fields by focussing on what is a far too frequently ignored aspect of religious experience: visual images. more...

  • Picturing Chinatownby Anthony W. Lee

    University of California Press 2001; US$ 12.95

    This visually and intellectually exciting book brings the history of San Francisco's Chinatown alive by taking a close look at images of the quarter created during its first hundred years, from 1850 to 1950. Picturing Chinatown contains more than 160 photographs and paintings, some well known and many never reproduced before, to illustrate how this... more...

  • Seven Discourses on Artby Sir Joshua Reynolds

    The Floating Press 1901; US$ 6.95

    Sir Joshua Reynolds laid down principles of art from the point of view of a man of genius who had made his power felt, and with the clear good sense which is the foundation of all work that looks upward and may hope to live. The truths here expressed concerning Art may, with slight adjustment of the way of thought, be applied to Literature or to any... more...

  • Art, Psychoanalysis, and Adrian Stokesby Janet Sayers

    Karnac Books 2015; US$ 29.95

    Illustrated with Barbara Hepworth's abstract stone carving, with other works of art, and with fascinating vignettes from Adrian Stokes's writing, this biography highlights his revolutionary emphasis on the materials-led inspiration of architecture, sculpture, painting, and the avant-garde creations of the Ballets Russes. In also detailing... more...

  • Concerning the Spiritual in Artby Wassily Kandinsky; Michael T. H. Sadler

    The Floating Press 1911; US$ 7.99

    Kandinsky sees the spiritual life of humanity as a pyramid. The artist must lead the layman to the top of this pyramid through the soulful exercise of art. Kandinsky differentiates between the superficial pleasure art inspires and the inner resonance created when art is considered attentively and allowed to touch the soul. The artist is allowed absolute... more...

  • On the Decay of the Art of Lyingby Mark Twain

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    On the Decay of the Art of Lying is a short essay by Mark Twain from 1885. In it he deplores that way man's "most faithful friend" is being used and indeed misused, declaring that "the wise thing is for us diligently to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully, judiciously; to lie with a good object, and not an evil one; to lie for others'... more...

  • Portrait of the Artist as a Landscapeby Dario Gamboni

    Amsterdam University Press 2002; US$ 10.50

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  • The Beautifulby Vernon Lee

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 5.99

    This book takes Beauty as already existing and enjoyed, and seeks to analyze and account for Beauty's existence and enjoyment. More strictly speaking, it analyzes and accounts for Beauty not inasmuch as existing in certain objects and processes, but rather as calling forth (and being called forth by) a particular group of mental activities and... more...