At fifteen, Turner was already exhibiting View of Lambeth. He soon acquired the reputation of an immensely clever watercolourist. A disciple of Girtin and Cozens, he showed in his choice and presentation of theme a picturesque imagination which seemed to mark him out for a brilliant career as an illustrator. He travelled, first in his native land and then on several occasions in France, the Rhine Valley, Switzerland and Italy. He soon began to look beyond illustration. However, even in works in which we are tempted to see only picturesque imagination, there appears his dominant and guiding ideal of lyric landscape. His choice of a single master from the past is an eloquent witness for he studied profoundly such canvases of Claude as he could find in England, copying and imitating them with a marvellous degree of perfection. His cult for the great painter never failed. He desired his Sun Rising through Vapour and Dido Building Carthage to be placed in the National Gallery side by side with two of Claude’s masterpieces. And, there, we may still see them and judge how legitimate was this proud and splendid homage. It was only in 1819 that Turner went to Italy, to go again in 1829 and 1840. Certainly Turner experienced emotions and found subjects for reverie which he later translated in terms of his own genius into symphonies of light and colour. Ardour is tempered with melancholy, as shadow strives with light. Melancholy, even as it appears in the enigmatic and profound creation of Albrecht Dürer, finds no home in Turner’s protean fairyland – what place could it have in a cosmic dream? Humanity does not appear there, except perhaps as stage characters at whom we hardly glance. Turner’s pictures fascinate us and yet we think of nothing precise, nothing human, only unforgettable colours and phantoms that lay hold on our imaginations. Humanity really only inspires him when linked with the idea of death – a strange death, more a lyrical dissolution – like the finale of an opera.
The Top Ten series has been specially designed to help pianists of all levels. The Top Ten Pop Songs Every Beginner Pianist Should Learn contains ten of the very best pop songs of all time, specially selected for beginning pianists. Each piece is accompanied by brief, illustrated background notes to familiarise yourself with the context and grant you extra insight into its creation.
The digital edition features a link to stream each of the songs in this collection for reference, so that you can hear them before you play them.
The songs included are:
Chasing Cars [Snow Patrol] Feeling Good [Simone, Nina] He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother [Hollies, The] Hello [Adele] Kingston Town [UB40] Lean On Me [Withers, Bill] Mad World [Andrews, Michael] [Jules, Gary] She's The One [Williams, Robbie] Stay With Me [Smith, Sam] The Scientist [Coldplay]
Following the remarkable success of the 50th year anniversary edition, we're pleased to present Playboy: Centerfolds, 60th Anniversary Edition. The content remains the same—every Centerfold from every issue. That's over 600 beauties with additional Centerfolds through the present to make this Playboy's most complete photographic volume to date. Hefner introduces the book and literary luminaries including Paul Theroux, Jay McInerney, and Daphne Merkin comment on the social mores and cultural climate of each decade. This chronological collection provides an unparalleled view of our evolving appreciation of the female form: from the fifties fantasy of voluptuous blondes to the tawny beach girls of the seventies to the groomed and toned women of today. Playboy: Centerfolds, 60th Anniversary Edition is a breathtaking tour de force.
Drawing is all about learning to really see the world around you and to translate it on to paper. In this book, author Vivienne Coleman shows how you can use just a few simple strokes, shapes and shades to draw almost any subject you like, from a piece of fruit to a detailed landscape. Each exercise is broken down into easy steps so that, even if you are new to drawing, you will be amazed at the results you can achieve. As you gain in confidence you can tackle still life objects around the home, then larger outdoor objects and landscapes, and finally living subjects: animals and people. From your first marks on paper to your most ambitious portrait, you will find your journey enjoyable and, above all, rewarding.
Learn or improve your pointed pen calligraphy with this easy-to-use workbook. This workbook is a great way to practice muscle memory of this script. Copperplate Calligraphy, a traditional pointed pen script developed in 16th century England, is what modern calligraphy is based on. This workbook contains traditional calligraphy guidelines that includes; ascender lines, waistlines, baselines, X-height, descender depth lines and slant lines. Each letter is illustrated with stroke by stroke examples. Students are encouraged to letter over the gray letters and then practice them free-hand on the blank guideline spaces and sheets provided.
This workbook was created by Laura Di Piazza, a professional calligrapher since 1999 and calligraphy teacher since 2007. Di Piazza teaches calligraphy classes for Society of Scribes in NYC, Dartmouth College and many other art centers and schools in and around New England.
The 15th century saw the evolution of a distinct and powerfully influential European culture. But what does the familiar phrase Renaissance Art” actually describe? Through engaging discussion of timeless works by artists such as Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo, Nichols produces a masterpiece of his own as he explores the truly original and diverse character of the artistic Renaissance. Tom Nichols is a lecturer in Renaissance Art History at the University of Aberdeen, UK.
Today still considered a “Bad Boy”, Pascin was a brilliant artist who lived and worked in the shadow of contemporaries such as Picasso, Modigliani, and several others. A specialist of the feminine form, his canvasses are as tormented as his party lifestyle. The artist, considered scandalous for the erotic character of his works, exhibited in numerous Salons, notably in Berlin, Paris, and New York.