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 ..
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..
Lonely arts: A distinct eye for alienationEdward Hopper (1882–1967) is something of an American success story, if only his success had come swifter. At the age of 40, he was a failing artist who struggled to sell a single painting. As he approached 80, Time magazine featured him on its cover. Today,..
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..
A fresh look: Pivotal paintings of modernityLampooned during his lifetime for his style as much as his subject matter, French painter Édouard Manet (1832–1883) is now considered a crucial figure in the history of art, bridging the transition from Realism to Impressionism.Manet’s work combined a pain..
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..
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..
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 ..