In the Studio: Artists of the 20th Century In Private and at Work by Jean-FranCois Chaigneau, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
In the Studio: Artists of the 20th Century In Private and at Work

In the Studio: Artists of the 20th Century In Private and at Work

by Jean-FranCois Chaigneau
     
 

Interviews with and photos of some of the major 20th century artists in intimate settings
 
Some of the greatest 20th-century artists are pictured and interviewed in this lovely large-format gift book. Paris Match magazine has followed, photographed, and interviewed them exclusively over a period of more than 60 years, and now their

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Interviews with and photos of some of the major 20th century artists in intimate settings
 
Some of the greatest 20th-century artists are pictured and interviewed in this lovely large-format gift book. Paris Match magazine has followed, photographed, and interviewed them exclusively over a period of more than 60 years, and now their exceptional archives are opened in this book. These photos reveal rare moments at the heart of artistic creation—artists at work—in the intimacy of their studios and their secret gardens, surrounded by their families and friends. Take a unique look at Chagall's opera ceiling, Dali's awakened dreams, Miro's suns, and Francis Bacon's studies: beyond these incredible works, an inside view of the lives of these geniuses is provided.

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Publishers Weekly
Delving into the photo archives of French magazine, Paris Match, where Chaigneau is an editor, and accompanied by several of the interviews and articles the magazine published, the author offers a glimpse into the working processes and personal lives of some of the 20th century's canonical visual artists . Focused mostly on European masters such as Pablo Picasso, Bernard Buffet, René Magritte, Marc Chagall, and Joan Miró, the book's highly accessible, if minimal, commentary and anecdotes allow the photos to take center stage. Georg Baselitz, for example, is pictured perched on a chair with his head in his arms, as if "haunted by invisible demons," with several large scale paintings in the background. In contrast, Salvador Dalí, ever the "wily publicist," seems to relish the camera's presence: in one shot dressed as a Spanish nobleman with an expression of faux-seriousness. Elsewhere, as a testament to his creative drive, Henri Matisse is pictured in 1954, bedridden but still painting with a specially devised long brush mere months before his death. Moving beyond the studio, some attention is given to the private lives of the artists, adding a human element to these creative giants. Photographer Willy Rizzo captures Picasso in a rare candid and intimate moment, reading the comics of a newspaper while his boxer, Yan, looks on. But perhaps the most illuminating moments are when the artists, in interviews, talk about their creative process; there is something humble and brave, for instance, in Jacques Villon's quip, "I don't know what I've discovered… but I know that I'm still looking". Color and b&w photos. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"The book's highly accessible, if minimal, commentary and anecdotes allow the photos to take center stage."  —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783283012151
Publisher:
Olms, Georg Verlag AG
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,273,679
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 13.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jean-François Chaigneau is an editor for the renowned magazine Paris MatchOlivier Royant is the chief editor for Paris Match. Joseph Laredo has translated many titles from French to English, including several books by Albert Camus.

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