New Art Books from This is… series, by Laurence King Publishing Company
1. This is Gauguin, written by George Roddam and illustrated by Slawa Harasymowicz, is a new instalment in a major new art series that rethinks art history in a more engaging and stimulating way. Paul Gauguin was a member of a generation of artists who struggled against the stifling conformity of the late 19th century’s artistic mainstream.
Naive and rustic culture is an endless source of inspiration for his colourful and primitive canvas.
From his childhood in Peru to his experiences in Tahiti, Gauguin’s art is mainly presented by his most relevant and well renowned works such as Sleeping Child (1884), Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers (1888), Christ in the Garden of Olives (1889), Manao tupapau (The Spirit of the Dead Watching) (1892) and Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (1897-98).
His choice to escape European civilization and “everything that is artificial and conventional” inevitably marked the life and the whole career of the French Parisian painter.
2. This is Bacon, by Kitty Hauser with illustrations by Christina Christoforou, is based on one of the giants dominating the artistic landscape of the mid-twentieth century. Source of inspiration for abstract art that came after him, the Irish artist is depicted through vivid and stunning illustrations.
The major periods of Bacon’s life on the edge, such as his time spent in Berlin, Paris and the seedy milieu of post-war London, are portrayed, along with the influential figures, such as Peter Lacey and George Dyer, who shaped both his personal life and his art.
Francis Bacon’s works featured in the book include: Three Studies for a Crucifixion (1962), Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne (1966), Lying Figure (1969), Triptych, May-June (1973) and Sand Dune (1983).