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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

Enfants de Paris 1939-1945 - Philippe Apeloig

Enfants de Paris 1939-1945

Philippe Apeloig

It looks like a huge book. It is grey, heavy, and massive. Inside we find stone, white, green or black marble, travertine, and some copper. There are names, hundreds of them, some famous ones such as Guy Môquet, Jean Moulin, colonel Fabien or Robert Desnos; other forgotten ones such as Louis Duriez or André Barraud, who died on 28 August 1944, three days after [...]

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La face cachée du marché de l’art - Georgina Adam

La face cachée du marché de l’art

Georgina Adam

When we take a look at the sky-high prices certain works of art go for these days – the famous Salvator Mundi at $450 million in November 2017, dozens of Picasso works at millions each, Cezanne’s Joueurs de cartes or the work by Basquiat that went from $19 000 to over $100 million in thirty years-, one can honestly ask whether the art market has any logic. [...]

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Le portrait d’un jeune homme de Rembrandt - Jan Six

Le portrait d’un jeune homme de Rembrandt

Jan Six

It is quite amazing to be Dutch, to be an art historian, and to unearth an authentic portrait by Rembrandt in an auction when the said painting was mistakenly written into the catalogue as being from “the school of Rembrandt”. But when your name is Jan Six, that you come from a famous family in Amsterdam, and that you discover that the model for the painting [...]

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Rivages - Harry Gruyaert

Rivages

Harry Gruyaert

A member of the Magnum agency since 1981, and known in particular for his images of Morocco, Harry Gruyaert (born in 1941), has another passion, shores. That includes shores on the ocean, the sea or rivers. This anthology was first published in 2003 and has been enriched since. It presents the quintessence in a minimal form: a small introduction by Richard Nonas, [...]

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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
  • 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
  • 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 face cachée du marché de l’art - Georgina Adam
  • 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’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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