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50 Women Artists You Should Know

By Christiane WeidemannPetra Larass and Melanie Klier.

This beautifully produced, richly detailed and comprehensive survey of fifty influential women artists from the Renaissance to the Post-Modern era details their vast contributions to the art world. From the Early Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi and the seventeenth-century illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian to Impressionists Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, and to modern icons such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O Keefe and Louise Bourgeois, the most important female artists are profiled in this book in chronologically arranged double-page spreads.

£14.99

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Laura Knight: A Panoramic View Catalogue

By Anthony Spira and Fay Blanchard.

This beautifully illustrated book, which accompanies a major exhibition at MK Gallery, provides an overview of Knight’s illustrious career: from her training at Nottingham Art School at the age of 13, her time in North Yorkshire and Cornwall to her visits to traveller communities and a segregated American hospital. It also features her circus, ballet and theatre scenes, paintings of women during the war and her late paintings of nature.

£25.00

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Ettore Sottsass and the Poetry of Things

By Deyan Sudjic.

Ettore Sottsass and the Poetry of Things chronicles the life and times of one of the most important, prolific and innovative designers of the 20th century.

£19.95

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The Short Story of Modern Art

By Susie Hodge.

The Short Story of Art is a pocket guide to key movements, works, themes and techniques – a new and innovative introduction to the subject of art. Simply constructed, the book explores 50 key works, from the wall paintings of Lascaux to Damien Hirst installations, and then links these to sections on art movements, themes and techniques.

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Art Essentials: Women Artists

By Flavia Frigeri.

Focusing on fifty diverse women artists, from Lavinia Fontana and Artemisia Gentileschi through Judy Chicago, Ana Mendieta and the Guerrilla Girls to Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman and Louise Bourgeois, this book equips the reader with a general understanding of the history of art by women, as well as an appreciation of its most outstanding figures.

£10.95

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Art Essentials: Key Moments in Art

By Lee Cheshire.

Art lovers can list history's most important art objects, but what many don't know are the dramatic, funny, and sometimes bizarre stories behind these most famous works. Spanning the last 500 years of art history, this book revisits fifty momentous events that changed the course of art--days when now world-famous works like Michelangelo's David or Marcel Duchamp's urinal were unveiled for the first time.

£10.95

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Art Essentials: Pop Art

By Flavia Frigeri.

Pop Art refers to a post-war movement connecting art with popular culture. Billboard signs, comic books, and movie stars were just some of the subjects chosen by pop artists, such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenburg, to name a few, to illustrate the contemporary world in which they lived. Largely characterised by bold and strident colors combined with a cool-eyed appropriation of contemporary imagery, pop art sought to highlight both the negative and positive facets of modern culture.

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Art Essentials: Modern Art

By Amy Dempsey.

The first in a new series of essential introductions to art, Modern Art guides the reader through individual movements from Impressionism to Conceptual Art, situated within five broader chronological eras. Starting with Impressionism in 1860, art historian Amy Dempsey explains the essentials of Modernism, the postwar New Disorder, and beyond.

£10.95

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Art Essentials: Impressionism

By Ralph Skea.

It is often forgotten just how provocative and unsettling impressionist canvases seemed when they were first exhibited in 1874. Critics, professional artists, and gallery visitors alike were shocked to encounter the unorthodox paintings on display, with their seemingly unfinished surfaces and lack of any elements of traditional composition. The advocates of this new approach rejected nearly all the established principles and practices of oil painting prevalent at that time in France.

£10.95

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Why is Art Full of Naked People?

By Susie Hodge.

Why is Art Full of Naked People? is an irreverent and informative primer that asks tricky questions about what makes art art. What is with all the fruit? Why is art so weird nowadays? There are questions about how art views the world, from cave paintings through to Cubism, from the Renaissance to contemporary art, questions about different genres, including still-life painting, landscapes and portraits, and questions about the role and value of art in the past and today.

£12.95

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Art Essentials: Looking at Pictures

By Susan Woodford.

Beautifully illustrated with some of the world's greatest pictures, from cave paintings and Roman mosaics to Picasso and Damien Hirst, this affordable guide explains the art of looking at and understanding pictures, equipping the reader with the vision and tools to approach any museum picture with confidence.

£10.95

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642 Awesome Things to Draw

By Root Division.

This spirited addition to the 642 series encourages young artists to let their imaginations run wild. Filled with hilarious, wacky, and over-the-top drawing prompts, this outrageously awesome sketchbook will inspire budding artists to reach new creative heights—the stranger and sillier, the better!

£14.99

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