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Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud

by Martin Gayford

"An extraordinary record of a great artist in his studio, it also describes what it feels like to be transformed into a work of art." --ARTnews Lucian Freud (1922-2011), widely regarded as the greatest figurative painter of our time, spent seven months painting a portrait of the art critic Martin Gayford. The daily narrative of their encounters takes the reader into that most private place, the artist's studio, and to the heart of the working methods of this modern master--both technical and subtly psychological. From this emerges an understanding of what a portrait is, but something else is also created: a portrait, in words, of Freud himself. This is not a biography, but a series of close-ups: the artist at work and in conversation at restaurants, in taxis, and in his studio. It takes one into the company of the painter for whom Picasso, Giacometti, and Francis Bacon were friends and contemporaries, as were writers such as George Orwell and W. H. Auden. The book is illustrated with many of Lucian Freud's other works, telling photographs taken by David Dawson of Freud in his studio, and images by such great artists of the past as van Gogh and Titian who are discussed by Freud and Gayford. Full of wry observations, the book reveals the inside story of how it feels to pose for a remarkable artist and become a work of art.

Miguel Ángel

by Martin Gayford

La biografía definitiva de Miguel ÁngelA los treinta y un años ya se le consideraba el mejor artista de Italia, y probablemente del mundo; pero para sus enemigos Miguel Ángel era arrogante, zafio y extravagante. Durante décadas, se movió en el centro de la vorágine en la que la historia de Europa se vio sumida durante el paso del Renacimiento a la Contrarreforma.Como un héroe de la mitología clásica #similar al Hércules que esculpió en su juventud#, fue sometido a constantes pruebas. Esta biografía, fruto de una investigación minuciosa y capaz de englobarlo todo #desde las cartas de la época y aquellas primeras biografías repletas de chismes, hasta las últimas investigaciones acerca de Miguel Ángel# tiene también, en sí misma, algo de epopeya.Para Martin Gayford , el mayor logro de Miguel Ángel no estriba tanto en sus mejores obras como en su inmensa personalidad, que transformó para siempre nuestra noción de lo que puede llegar a ser un artista. La crítica ha dicho...«Una muestra de la magnitud del personaje, y de la habilidad de Gayford a la hora de captarla, es que uno termina este libro deseando que Miguel Ángel hubiera vivido más tiempo y creado más.»Financial Times «Un libro cautivador, increíblemente bien contado y con un gran escritor al mando de un inmenso cuerpo de investigación.» Mail on Sunday«Sólo el más ambicioso biógrafo puede aceptar el desafío de reflejar el talento de Miguel Ángel Buonarroti.»The Times«Gayford capta el acto sutil y efímero de la creación artística con una habilidad y sensibilidad que pocos escritores poseen.»The Guardian«Una biografía perspicaz y finamente matizada, cuya lectura es tan irresistible como la de los anteriores libros de Gayford. A pesar de su tamaño, la obra es maravillosamente sintética y se precipita con elegancia a través de décadas repletas de acción que vieron a Miguel Ángel ir y venir de Florencia a Roma, pasando por las canteras de mármol de Carrara.»The Spectator«Es muy difícil abrirse paso en la espesura de años de estudios y decir algo nuevo sobre David, la Capilla Sixtina, El Juicio Final o muchas otras obras maestras de Miguel Ángel, pero Martin Gayford lo consigue, y nos invita a pensar y ver más allá de lo obvio.»Sunday Telegraph

Rendez-vous with Art

by Martin Gayford Philippe De Montebello

The fruits of a lifetime of experience by a cultural colossus, Philippe de Montebello, the longest-serving director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in its history, distilled in conversations with an acclaimed critic Beginning with a fragment of yellow jasper--all that is left of the face of an Egyptian woman who lived 3,500 years ago--this book confronts the elusive questions: how, and why, do we look at art? Philippe de Montebello and Martin Gayford talked in art galleries or churches or their own homes, and this book is structured around their journeys. But whether they were in the Louvre or the Prado, the Mauritshuis of the Palazzo Pitti, they reveal the pleasures of truly looking. De Montebello shares the sense of excitement recorded by Goethe in his autobiography--"akin to the emotion experienced on entering a House of God"--but also reflects on why these secular temples might nevertheless be the "worst possible places to look at art." But in the end both men convey, with subtlety and brilliance, the delights and significance of their subject matter and some of the intense creations of human beings throughout our long history.

The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles

by Martin Gayford

This chronicle of the two months in 1888 when Paul Gauguin shared a house in France with Vincent Van Gogh describes not only how these two hallowed artists painted and exchanged ideas, but also the texture of their everyday lives. Includes 60 B&W reproductions of the artists' paintings and drawings from the period.

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