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Every Thursday, ArtoftheDay weekly reviews an art book recently published in French. All subjects are covered, whether it is primitive arts or design or even the most contemporary works.

The books we present are not necessarily best sellers or beautiful coffee table objects. Our critics may sometimes be scathing in their comments and if need be will point out any flaw or deficiency. But they only review works which by their originality, novelty and seriousness deserve your attention. Of course this small list is far from being exhaustive.

 We do not sell books… In fact, some of the ones we mention are already out of print and only available in second hand copies. But if one of these books should tempt you, we provide whenever possible, a link to an online bookshop that has indicated they can supply it, new or second hand.

Here are the books reviewed for you during the last weeks

Les pyramides imaginaires de René Burri -

Les pyramides imaginaires de René Burri

Next to the photography books that simply show a series of images or properly unreel a biography, her we have a surprising one. It starts with the fascination René Burri (1933-2014) had for the triangle motif – born it seems from the Swiss peaks of his childhood and consolidated by the vision of Egypt’s pyramids in 1958. A few notes in German on Magnum header [...]

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Né(e)s de l’écume et des rêves, les artistes et la mer - Collective

Né(e)s de l’écume et des rêves, les artistes et la mer

Collective

The sea, an endless beginning: this is a beautiful subject for those artists who studied it throughout the ages. During a “Summer in the Havre”, a nice selection has been brought together at the MuMA, until 9 September, and this book is the corresponding catalogue. The cover, with a pretty, nude muse in the waves by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl, sets the tone: we will [...]

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Daniel Boudinet. Le temps de la couleur - Collective

Daniel Boudinet. Le temps de la couleur

Collective

The name of this photographer has long been forgotten, for he died very young in 1990, at the age of 45. An exhibition at the Jeu de paume in Tours and this catalogue now pay tribute to him. This native of Chamonix married reports for the art press and decoration (L’Objet d’art, Décoration internationale) with special links with exceptional persons such as art critic [...]

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The Train, June 8, 1968 - Paul Fusco, Rein Jelle Terpstra and Philippe Parreno

The Train, June 8, 1968

Paul Fusco, Rein Jelle Terpstra and Philippe Parreno

In the night from 5 to 6 June 1968, 50 years ago, Robert Kennedy, the younger brother of JFK, was in turn murdered just when he was gaining momentum to become the next democrat candidate to the USA presidency. On 8 June, a special train carried his body from New York to Washington. Paul Fusco, a reporter at Look magazine, was ordered by his chief editor to hop on board. [...]

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And the list, organised by subjects, of all those we have reviewed since March 2006

  • • André Gide et André Malraux. L’amitié à l’œuvre (1922-1951) - Jean-Pierre Prévost
  • 100 chefs-d’œuvre du Louvre - Adrien Goetz
  • Air in Time - Collective
  • Alexandre Séon, la beauté idéale
  • Alexandre Zinoview, un peintre russe sur le front français - Directed by Cécile Pichon-Bonin and Alexandre Sumpf
  • André Robillard, la fleur au fusil - Interviews with Françoise Monnin
  • Antoni Clavé, printed work - Collective
  • Art et liberté. Rupture, War and Surrealism in Egypt 1938-1948 - Directed by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath
  • Art et religion - de Chauvet à Lascaux - Alain Testart
  • Art for All - Directed by Tobias G. Natter, Max Hollein, Klaus Albrecht-Schröder
  • Arthur Cravan. Maintenant ? - Directed by Emmanuel Guigon
  • Aurès, 1935 - Photographs by Thérèse Rivière and Germaine Tillion, text by Christian Phéline
  • Autophoto - Under the direction of Xavier Barral and Philippe Séclier
  • Beat Generation New York San Francisco Paris - Directed by Philippe Alain Michaud
  • Bernard Pras - Colin Lemoine
  • Bibliothèques insolites - Alex Johnson
  • Bistrot ! De Baudelaire à Picasso - Directed by Stéphane Guégan
  • Bruno Moinard, du trait à la lumière - Serge Gleizes
  • Color Line - Directed by Daniel Soutif,
  • Daniel Boudinet. Le temps de la couleur - Collective
  • Daniel Templon, une histoire d’art contemporain - Julie Verlaine
  • Des voyageurs à l’épreuve du terrain - Collective
  • Des(t)ins de guerre - Véronique Koehler
  • Dufy, le bonheur de vivre - Directed by Olivier Le Bihan
  • Édouard Pignon, Ostende (1946-1953) - Under the direction of Philippe Bouchet
  • Egon Schiele. The Complete Paintings 1909-1918 - Directed by Tobias G. Natter
  • Entre art des fous et art brut. La Collection Sainte-Anne - Anne-Marie Dubois
  • Fernell Franco, Cali clair-obscur
  • Fromanger, de toutes les couleurs - Laurent Greilsamer
  • Gauguin, voyage au bout de la terre - Stéphane Guégan
  • George Desvallières, catalogue raisonné of the complete work - Directed by Catherine Ambroselli de Bayser
  • Guillaume Apollinaire/Paul Guillaume, Correspondance (1913-1918) - Directed by Laurence Campa and Peter Read
  • Hans Hartung, peintre et légionnaire
  • Helmar Lerski, pionnier de la lumière - Directed by Nicolas Feuille
  • Histoire de la critique d’art - Gérard-Georges Lemaire
  • Histoires d’œils - Philippe Costamagna
  • Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection - Directed by Anne Baldassari
  • Jacques-Henri Lartigue, un dandy à la plage - Bernard Toulier
  • Kandinsky, 1933-1944, les années parisiennes - Collective
  • Kiefer Rodin - Collective
  • La photographie, histoire et contre-histoire - François Brunet
  • La Phrase, une expérience de poésie urbaine - Karelle Ménine and Ruedi Baur
  • La valse des arbres et du ciel - Jean-Michel Guenassia
  • Le catalogue Goering - Archives diplomatiques and Jean-Marc Dreyfus
  • Le droit à la beauté, chroniques de L’Express (1960-1992) - Pierre Schneider
  • Le Louvre de Clara Baum
  • Le Louvre de Clara Baum
  • Le monde selon Topor - Collective
  • Le musée de maquettes Claude-Nicolas Ledoux - Dominique Massounie
  • Le musée intime de Monet à Giverny - Sylvie Patin
  • Le mystère Clouzot - Under the direction of Noël Herpe
  • Les cafés littéraires - Gérard-Georges Lemaire
  • Les Pionnières, dans les ateliers de femmes artistes du XXe siècle - Texts by Elisabeth Védrenne and Valérie de Maulmin, photos by Catherine Panchout
  • Les pyramides imaginaires de René Burri
  • Les théoriciens de l’art - Directed by Carole Talon-Hugon
  • Liberty in Italia - Directed by Francesco Parisi and Anna Villari
  • Lumière, rire du ciel, Yahne Le Toumelin - Matthieu Ricard
  • L’art du canard - Interduck Collective
  • L’école enchantée de Raylambert - Daniel Durandet et Yves Frémion
  • L’Expressionnisme - Itzhak Goldberg
  • L’Histoire de France expliquée par la peinture - Guillaume Picon
  • L’univers comme alphabet - Florian Rodari
  • Masterworks of Industrial Photography
  • Michel-Ange - Hector Obalk
  • Millet - Collective work
  • Mondes tsiganes - Directed by Ilsen About, Mathieu Pernot, and Adèle Sutre
  • Monet collectionneur - Marianne Mathieu and Dominique Lobstein
  • Né(e)s de l’écume et des rêves, les artistes et la mer - Collective
  • Nicolas Régnier, l’homme libre - Directed by Annick Lemoine and Adeline Collange-Perugi
  • Night Games - Photo Stefano Cerio, texts by Gabriel Bauret and Angela Madesani
  • No Photo - Pierrick Bourgault
  • Pastels du 16e au 21e siècle - Directed by Sylvie Wuhrmann and Aurélie Couvreur
  • Petite anthologie du dessin politique - Honoré
  • Philippe Comar. Dessin contre nature
  • Philippe Prost, leçon inaugurale de l’école de Chaillot
  • Picasso primitif - Directed by Yves Le Fur
  • Picasso, ce volcan jamais éteint - Conversations between Roland Dumas and Thierry Savatier
  • Pierre et Gilles, 40
  • Plant - Collective
  • Polyphonies - Alain Rey and Fabienne Verdier
  • Qui veut la peau de Vénus ? - Bruno Nassim Aboudrar
  • Ralph Gibson, Trilogie - Directed by Gilles Mora
  • Raoul Hausmann, photographies, 1927-1936 - Texts by Cécile Bargues
  • Roue libre - Pierre Alechinsky
  • Splendeurs & misères, Images de la prostitution, 1850-1910 - Collective
  • Temps suspendu, exploration urbaine - Under the direction of Céline Neveux
  • The Dutch in Paris, 1789-1914 - Collective
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God - Douglas Preston
  • The Train, June 8, 1968 - Paul Fusco, Rein Jelle Terpstra and Philippe Parreno
  • This Brutal World - Peter Chadwick
  • Tout sur l’archéologie - Directed by Paul Bahn
  • Un musée révolutionnaire, le musée des Monuments français d’Alexandre Lenoir - Directed by Geneviève Bresc-Bautier and Béatrice de Chancel-Bardelot
  • Universe - Collective
  • Vanished Spain - Carlos Saura
  • Vermeer - Karl Schütz
  • Victor Hugo, choses nocturnes - Gérard Pouchain
  • Visiteurs de Versailles - Directed by Danielle Kisluk-Grosheide and Bertrand Rondot
  • Vitamin P3. New Perspectives in Painting, - Collective
  • Walter Sickert - Delphine Lévy
  • Wim Delvoye - Directed by Enrico Lunghi
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