100 artists who epitomize the contemporary art scene: Key figures on the avant-garde horizon This special two-volume edition features 100 of the most exciting artists from TASCHEN’s seminal Art at the Turn of the Millennium and the renowned Art Now! series - gathered in a comprehensive survey of con..
Forms of feeling: The human body in distressLargely self-taught as an artist, Francis Bacon (1909–1992) developed a unique ability to transform interior and unconscious impulses into figurative forms and intensely claustrophobic compositions.Emerging into notoriety in the period following World War ..
Life lines: The 80s art star who put poverty, power, and racism on the wallAn icon of 1980s New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) first made his name under the graffiti tag "SAMO", before establishing his studio practice and catapulting to fast fame at the age of 20. Although his career lasted ..
Maverick master: An enigmatic world of masks and the macabreAn expressionist before the term was coined, James Ensor (1860–1949) was the classic insider-outsider enigma. He knew all the right art-world figures but loathed most of them. His style lurched from the Gothic fantastical to the Christian v..
The art of pleasure: An erotic history of humanityFrom the dawn of time, ever since Adam and Eve, all artists of every age—whether the Egyptian, Greek, or Roman artists of Antiquity, or more recent famous names as Rembrandt, Courbet, Degas, or Picasso—have succumbed to their fantasies, obsessions, a..
This visceral life: Seeing the world through Expressionist eyesSharp angles, strange forms, lurid colors, and distorted perspectives are classic hallmarks of Expressionism, the twentieth century movement that prioritized emotion over objective reality. Though particularly present in Germany and Aust..
Orient expressed: The master of Japanese ukiyo-eUtagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) was one of the last great artists in the ukiyo-e tradition. Literally meaning “pictures of the floating world,” ukiyo-e was a particular woodblock print genre of art that flourished between the 17th and 19th centuries. Sub..
Man with an oil paint brush: Vermeer’s incomparable world on canvasHis works have prompted a New York Times bestseller; a film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth; record visitor numbers at art institutions from Amsterdam to Washington, DC; and special crowd-control measures at the Mauritshu..
Art inflation: The king of blow-ups, puppies, and popThe creations of Jeff Koons (born 1955) are at once immediately accessible and eloquently art historical. From basketball tanks to flower puppies, his instantly recognizable work frolics with banal imagery as much as it integrates cultural referen..
This is not a book: Everyday enigma from Belgium's leading SurrealistFrom men in bowler hats, floating in the sky, to a painting of a pipe above the caption "this is not a pipe", René Magritte (1898–1967) created an echo-chamber of object and image, name and thing, reality and representation.Like ot..
Along came Amedeo: A unique type of beautyIn endless odes to the female form, Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) traced elongated bodies, almond eyes, and his own name into art history. His languid female subjects are as instantly recognizable as they are startling, sensual, and swan-necked.Modigliani's ..
Abstract pioneer: Harmonies in red, yellow, and blueA key figure in the international avant-garde, Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) was at once an extraordinary painter and leading art theoretician whose influence resonate to this day. Coining the term “Neo-plasticism’, he pursued a style of painting compo..
Secret society: The Victorian rebelsFounded in 1848 as a secret society, the Pre-Raphaelites rejected classical ideals and the dominant artistic genre painting of their era for what they saw as a more spiritual, sincere, and naturalistic approach. Inaugurated by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Mil..
Pictures as Drama: Tragedy, ecstasy, and doomResisting interpretation or classification, Mark Rothko (1903–1970) was a prominent advocate for the artist's consummate freedom of expression. Although identified as a key protagonist of the Abstract Expressionist movement, first formed in New York City,..
Anguished art: The tortured talents of a post-Impressionist masterToday, the works of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) are among the most well-known and celebrated in the world. InSunflowers, The Starry Night, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, and many, many paintings and drawings beyond, we recognize an..
The painter's painter: Light, color and penetrating portraits from Spain's Golden Age luminaryManet called him “the greatest painter of all.” Picasso was so inspired by his masterpiece Las Meninas that he painted 44 variations of it. Francis Bacon painted a study of his portrait of Pope Innocent X. ..
Surfaces and secrets: A spellbinding realism and intrigueThough numbering just 35 known works, the oeuvre of Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) is hailed as one of the most important and inspiring portfolios in art history. His paintings have prompted a New York Times bestseller; a film starring Scarlett ..