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By Patrick Marnham, Diego Rivera. 1998
Vast in scope, this biography details the life of the late Mexican painter, best known for his complex, highly symbolic… and politically charged murals. Descriptions of his early life, participation in the Communist party of the 1920s and his marriage to artistic giant, Frida Kahlo help to bring understanding to this complex man. 1998.
By James Raffan. 2014
Over the course of three years, James Raffan circumnavigated the globe at 66.5 degrees latitude: the Arctic Circle. Armed with… passion for the north, interest in diverse cultures and an unquenchable sense of adventure, he set out to put a human face on climate change. In “Circling the Midnight Sun” he presents a warm-hearted, engaging portrait of the circumpolar world, but also a deeply affecting story of societies and landscapes in the throes of enormous change. c2014.
By Desmond Seward. 1998
Biography of the Italian painter Michelangelo da Caravaggio, born in 1571. Explores what is known about his life; investigates his… world, his acclaim as an artist, the fatal duel that made him an outlaw, and his untimely death in 1610. Presents a portrait of a tortured soul. c1998.
By Maria Tippett. 2003
Bill Reid was at the forefront of the modern-day renaissance of Northwest Coast Native art, but his art, and his… life, was not without controversy. Born to a partly Haida mother and a father of German and Scottish descent, his public persona as a Haida Indian seems to have been as much a product of journalists, art patrons, museum curators, and others in the non-Native establishment as of Bill Reid himself. Reid's art also arose from the tension that existed between his Native and white artistic perceptions. 2003.
By Nancy Wilson Ross. 1980
A long-time student of Asian life and thought offers a guide for both the uninitiated and the practitioner. She explores… Buddhist history and philosophy and the schools of Hinayana, Tibetan, and Zen. 1980.
By Jacques Poitras. 2007
From humble beginnings, Max Aitken, later Lord Beaverbrook, rose to the heights of politics and business, as well as philanthropy.… In the late 1950s, he built the Beaverbrook Art Gallery as a gift to the people of New Brunswick, stocking it with a large collection of masterworks that form the core of the Gallery's prestigious collection. Today, the paintings are at the centre of a bitter battle between the Gallery and the two charitable Beaverbrook foundations - a battle that has rocked the art world on both sides of the Atlantic. Some strong language. c2007.
By Constance Helmericks. 1971
By Jan Morris. 1985
During three decades of more or less constant travel Jan Morris has probably described more of the world, and especially… the urban world, than almost any other writer. This is a retrospective selection of travel pieces, ranging from the 1950s to the 1980s and including such diverse places as Berlin, Shanghai and Swaziland. 1985.
By Peter Harvey. 1990
Harvey's account of the 2,500-year history of Buddhism describes its development from origins in India, its expansion throughout Asia, and… its introduction into Europe and America. He discusses the practices of ethics, devotion, monasticism, and meditation, pointing out the diversity within Buddhist traditions as well as the beliefs and rites common throughout the Buddhist world. 1990.
By Anthony Bailey. 1983
An intrepid British traveler records his journey through West Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Austria. Bailey begins his trip in… the medieval city of Lubeck, driving a 1973 Saab along roadways that parallel the intra-German border of watchtowers. 1983.
By David Adams Leeming. 1998
Biography of the African American modernist painter who was born in 1901 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and died in Paris in… 1979. Describes his family's religious background, his upbringing in the segregated South, and his later problems with alcoholism and mental illness. Traces his artistic career through Boston, New York, and Paris, where his friends included James Baldwin and Henry Miller. 1998.
By David Lessels. 2006
Follow the trails of the Scottish explorer, David Lessels, fulfilling a dream to travel the length of Africa, confronting serious… challenges to his freedom as he walked and hitch-hiked through history, in the early 1950s. This traveller's tale is studded with gems and facts - some of which may be the only written accounts of the early development of unique African cultures. 2006.
By Allen J Abel. 2001
For many years, as a news correspondent, television host, and journalist, Allen Abel has travelled to some of the world's… most fascinating, remote, or newsworthy spots to bring back his stories. This is a collection of travel pieces about his adventures on all six continents over a ten-year period. 2001.
By Eric Newby. 1982
World traveller Eric Newby shares the most memorable episodes from his varied careers, and takes the reader from the remote… interior of Afghanistan to a tour of the London sewer system. 1982.
By John Richardson, Marilyn McCully. 1991
Spans the years before cubism, from 1881 when Picasso was born in southern Spain, to 1906 when he was about… to begin work on "Les demoiselles d'Avignon", the canvas that Richardson sees as a breakthrough of historical significance. Bestseller. 1991.
By John Richardson, Marilyn McCully. 1996
Depicts the artist's life and work during the crucial decade of 1907-17, a period during which Picasso and Georges Braque… devised cubism, and in doing so engendered modernism. Portrays Picasso as a revolutionary, but also as a compassionate man who experienced disappointments in love, as well as horror at the outbreak of World War I and the wounds it inflicted on his closest friends, Braque and Apollinaire. Sequel to "A Life of Picasso: The Prodigy, 1881-1906" (DC09677). Followed by "A life of Picasso: the Triumphant Years, 1917-1932" (DC32873). Some descriptions of sex, some strong language. c1996. The prodigy, 1881-1906 -- The cubist rebel, 1907-1916 -- Triumphant years, 1917-1932.
By John Richardson, Marilyn McCully. 1991
A life of Picasso, the Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 Covers Picasso's diverse artistic enterprises before age fifty, from his adventures with… Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and marriage to ballerina Olga Khokhlova to his welded sculptures and Surrealism. Describes Picasso's interactions with other artists and affair with young Marie-Thérèse Walter. Some descriptions of sex. Sequel to "A Life of Picasso: Volume 2, 1907-1916" (DC32872). 2007, c1991. The prodigy, 1881-1906 -- The cubist rebel, 1907-1916 -- Triumphant years, 1917-1932.
By Doris McCarthy. 1990
Doris McCarthy, a distinguished Canadian landscape artist, describes her early years. At the age of 15, she won a scholarship… to study at the Ontario College of Art. Upon graduation, she became a teacher and pioneered imaginative approaches to teaching art.
By Michel Onfray. 2006
By Eric Newby. 1985
Excerpts from travel-related works of more than 300 writers, from antiquity to the present. Hannibal, Henry Fielding, Mark Twain and… D.H. Lawrence show Europe to the reader while Marco Polo, T.E. Lawrence and Alexander the Great lead the trail through Asia. c1985.