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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

François Pinault, artiste, by José Alvarez - José Alvarez

François Pinault, artiste, by José Alvarez

José Alvarez

The title is somewhat misleading. It not only deals with the relations between the captain of industry and art – he owns one of the most beautiful collections in the world – but is also a laudatory and critical portrait of a Gallo speaking Breton from Trévérien who built his career with the sweat off his brow. When the American jury of the Executive Life case [...]

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Jean Jacques Lequeu. Dessinateur en architecture - Philippe Duboÿ

Jean Jacques Lequeu. Dessinateur en architecture

Philippe Duboÿ

Here is an enigmatic man, who will become even more so after reading this book. The author, who has followed and studied this Utopist drawer and architect of the level of Ledoux for decades, kept his promise! To introduce Jean Jacques Lequeu (1757-1826), who will be the object of an exhibition to open next week at the Petit Palais, Duboÿ has called in his contemporaries [...]

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Katarzyna Kobro, Wladyslaw Strzeminski, une avant-garde polonaise -

Katarzyna Kobro, Wladyslaw Strzeminski, une avant-garde polonaise

Wladyslaw Strzeminski was born in Minsk in 1893, Katarzyna Kobro was born in Moscow in 1898; But they developed the greater part of their careers in Poland, first in the avant-guard groups of the 20’s, then in the most progressive art schools, in particular in Lodz. Their last decade was the most terrifying, as they underwent the German invasion, and then, after [...]

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L’Opéra de Charles Garnier, une œuvre d’art total - Gérard Fontaine, photographs by Jean-Pierre Delagarde

L’Opéra de Charles Garnier, une œuvre d’art total

Gérard Fontaine, photographs by Jean-Pierre Delagarde

« The style I use is my own », Charles Garnier used to say, even if his famous Opéra house has been described as being in the style of Napoleon III. This book, written by a fine connoisseur, Gérard Fontaine, reviews this work of “total art” as enhanced by the adjective one could deem incorrectly adapted. The façade, the large staircase, the grotto of Pythia, [...]

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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
  • A l’Est, la guerre sans fin. 1918-1923
  • 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
  • Dictionnaire du cubisme - Brigitte Leal
  • 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
  • Enfants de Paris 1939-1945 - Philippe Apeloig
  • Entre art des fous et art brut. La Collection Sainte-Anne - Anne-Marie Dubois
  • Fernell Franco, Cali clair-obscur
  • François Pinault, artiste, by José Alvarez - José Alvarez
  • 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
  • Jean Jacques Lequeu. Dessinateur en architecture - Philippe Duboÿ
  • Kandinsky, 1933-1944, les années parisiennes - Collective
  • Katarzyna Kobro, Wladyslaw Strzeminski, une avant-garde polonaise
  • Kiefer Rodin - Collective
  • La face cachée du marché de l’art - Georgina Adam
  • La Manufacture du meurtre - Alexandra Midal
  • 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 corps tatoué au Japon - Philippe Pons
  • 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
  • Le portrait d’un jeune homme de Rembrandt - Jan Six
  • 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’Opéra de Charles Garnier, une œuvre d’art total - Gérard Fontaine, photographs by Jean-Pierre Delagarde
  • 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
  • Rivages - Harry Gruyaert
  • 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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