Other Portrait Masters of the Past ca. 1800 to Present

(also see Ashcan School, The Ten, Boston School, Impressionism-American,
Impressionism-French
, Individual Impressionists and others)
Orpen: Mirror to an Age by Bruce Arnold – Hardcover: 448 pages; Jonathan Cape; 1st edition (Oct 1, 1982)


The Golden Twenties: Portraits & Figure Paintings by Joseph Kleitsch (Artist), Patricia Trenton, James Irvine Swinden, Jenkins Shannon – Hardcover: 140 pages; Pasadena Museum of California Art; 1st edition (2017)

The career of Joseph Kleitsch (1882-1931) is often categorized into two parts: his early work as a portraitist in his native Hungary and in Chicago and his impressionist landscapes painted in California during his later years. However, Kleitsch continued to paint figurative works after his move to California in 1920 and was considered the premiere portrait painter in the artist's haven of Laguna Beach until his untimely death in 1931.

The Golden Twenties is the first museum exhibition to assemble Kleitsch's remarkable portraits and figure paintings. With a jewel-toned palette influenced by his native Hungary and a lighter, golden palette developed after his arrival in California, the works demonstrate the artist's exceptional ability to reveal the unique personality, demeanor, and essence of each subject. Over 60 large and very high-quality reproductions of Kleitsch works afford reader to study the brush works of this master painter. This book is a must for both fine art collectors and painters.

Pietro Annigoni: An Artist's Life by Pietro Annigoni, Robert Wraight – Hardcover: 224 pages; Allen; 1st edition (1977)

Reader review: Fascinating rendition of an artist's life. Well interpreted by the author, an incite into the painters life which is both charming and interesting.

G.F. Watts Fame & Beauty in Victorian Society by Barbara Bryant – Paperback: 176 pages; National Portrait Gallery (Jan 25, 2007)

Accompanied a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from October 14, 2004 - January 9, 2005.

Paintings With Annigoni: A Halcyon Decade As a Student in Florence 1958-68 – Paperback: 128 pages; Unicorn Press (Apr 2000)

Dawn Cookson recounts interesting experiences about her life in Florence, whilst studying with Annigonni. The book has several fine reproductions and is well written. Unfortunately the author spends more time recounting "her" experiences and diffuculty finding apartments in Florence than she does talking about Annigoni. I would still highly recommend this book to any one interested in Pietro Annigoni. Just don't expect to learn anything about how the artist painted (other than a recipe for egg tempera paints).

FDR's Unfinished Portrait: A Memoir by Elizabeth Shoumatoff – Hardcover: 137 pages; University of Pittsburgh Press (Txt) (May 1991)

Note: Shown below is the unfinished portrait.

Self-taught portrait painter Shoumatoff (1888-1980) captured more than 2000 sitters, including FDR, LBJ, Lady Bird Johnson, Rabindranath Tagore, Liberian president William Tubman and generations of Fricks, Mellons and DuPonts. Born in Russia, she moved to New York in 1917 with her husband Leo, then a representative of Alexander Kerensky's provisional government. The prosaic memoir, consisting mostly of Shoumatoff's informal, chatty impressions of the subjects she painted, intersperses reproductions of her art. The focus is on FDR;his second sitting for her, on April 12, 1945, was cut short by a seizure, and he died later that day of a cerebral hemorrhage. Her Unfinished Portrait hangs in the "Little White House" museum in Warm Springs, Ga. Shoumatoff's recollections of FDR's last hours will interest history buffs. -Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Millais: Portraits by John Everett Millais (Editor), Malcolm Warner, Kate Flint (Contributor), H. Matthew, Peter Funnell – Paperback: 224 pages; Princeton University Press; 1st edition (Feb 22, 1999)

John Everett Millais is still thought of mostly as a Pre-Raphaelite painter, but a much longer portion of his career was devoted to painting the portraits of the Victorian rich and famous. Not only did this prove extraordinarily lucrative-Millais earned what by today's standards would be millions from his portraits-it offered one of the most talented 19th-century painters the chance to fashion powerful and memorable images of the people of his age. This book is the catalog to the 1999 Millais Portrait exhibition debuting at the National Gallery in London and traveling around the United States. It is a much more handsome production than most catalogs.

William Orpen, an Outsider in France by Caroline Gallois – Hardcover: 230 pages; Cambridge Scholars Publishing; 1st edition (May 1, 2018)

This art-historical study is a companion to this attempt. It examines, within the context of the global crisis that WWI was, and from various theoretical, philosophical and literary angles, his singular and at times provocative work. Orpen set out to provide a textual and visual record of life on the Western Front, as well as behind the linesof what was supposed to be the War to End all Wars. For want of being a fighting man, the non-combatant artist-writer determined to fight with his own arms, his pens and brushes.

John Everett Millais: Drawings & Paintings by Raya Yotova – Paperback: 108 pages; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (Apr 2, 2018)

Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Baronet, PRA (1829 – 1896) was an English painter and illustrator who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. A child prodigy, at the age of eleven Millais became the youngest student to enter the Royal Academy Schools. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded at his family home in London, at 83 Gower Street. Millais became the most famous exponent of the style, his painting Christ in the House of His Parents (1850) generating considerable controversy.

William Orpen: Politics, Sex & Death – Hardcover: 160 pages; Philip Wilson Publishers (May 6, 2005)

This book, which accompanies a retrospective exhibition at the Imperial War Museum London in January 2005, reappraises an artist who, at the time of his death in 1931, was probably the best-known painter in Britain. The book reveals the full variety of William Orpen's work from his highly accomplished portraits, his revitalization of the nude and the conversation piece, to his extraordinary allegories and war paintings. It analyzes the series of self-portraits, many mocking his own character with a mixture of humor and bitterness, that are a particular feature of his oeuvre. His experiences as an official war artist in France from 1917 to 1919 made him cynical of politicians. Although he painted brilliant portraits of these very men, and of generals and war heroes, he also produced some bitter allegories of war. The war years form the climax of both the book and the exhibition.

G. F. Watts: The Last Great Victorian by Veronica Franklin Gould – Hardcover: 508 pages; Paul Mellon Center BA (Dec 11, 2004)

George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) was a titanic figure in nineteenth-century British art. The father of British Symbolism and portrait painter of his age, he forged a controversial career that spanned the reign of Queen Victoria. This book, the first in-depth biography of Watts, sheds new light on the pioneering spirit and breadth of mind of the artist.
Drawing on Watts's abundant personal correspondence and diaries and an array of other contemporary documents, the book chronicles the artist's career and personal life, including his friendships with Edward Burne-Jones, Frederic Leighton, William Gladstone, and Alfred Tennyson and his relationships with a series of singular women. The book also examines Watts's wide reforming zeal and political agenda as well as his role and dealings in the Victorian art world.

Unsuspected Genius: The Art and Life of Frank Duveneck by Robert Neuhaus – Hardcover: 155 pages; Chronicle Books (Dec 1, 1991)

Duveneck (1848-1919), most famous for his "vigorous brushwork and bravura technique," received high praise as a portrait and landscape painter, etcher, and teacher, yet his reputation suffered greatly after his death. Some prominent American critics considered him little more than an able technician. Also, a number of his dark, opaque paintings proved physically unstable. Neuhaus weighs the artist's strengths and limitations and presents a more balanced view. The volume's format allows for the comfortable arrangement of the text, 53 black-and-white illustrations, 45 handsome color plates, and research aids. Recommended for American art history collections. -Kathleen Eagen Johnson, Sleepy Hollow Restorations, Tarrytown, N.Y. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Vision of G.F. Watts by Veronica Franklin Gould – Paperback: 96 pages; The Watts Gallery (Jan 25, 2007)

Accompanies a survey of his visionary works at the Watts Gallery, July 2-October 31, 2004, Coincides with his Symbolist display at the Tate Britian, August 2004- July 2005.

Paul Delaroche: History Painted by Stephen Bann – Hardcover: 336 pages; Princeton University Press (Oct 1997)

Paul Delaroche was one of the most celebrated artists of the first half of the nineteenth century. His major paintings, which include Lady Jane Grey, The Princes in the Tower, Young Christian Martyr, and other works based on historical events, achieved widespread recognition throughout Europe. Although Delaroche's major works continue to be popular when they are exhibited, his name is little known among many museum goers today. This is the first fully illustrated book to be devoted to Delaroche since the publication of a small catalogue raisonne after the artist's death in 1856. This is a unique study that surveys the whole spectrum of visual representation including paintings, drawings, refined reproductive engravings, lithographs, photographs, and popular prints.


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