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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

Philippe Comar. Dessin contre nature -

Philippe Comar. Dessin contre nature

His drawings of wood veins are almost as remarkable as those by Asher B. Durant, the American, 19th century landscape artist. But Philippe Comar, a professor at the school of Fine Arts in Paris, knows how to apply that same piercing look and that affirmed hand to subjects that were a lot more tortured, such as the guts and the monsters of the Dupuytren museum. [...]


Histoire de la critique d’art - Gérard-Georges Lemaire

Histoire de la critique d’art

Gérard-Georges Lemaire

The ancient Greeks never practiced art criticism, but simply described paintings and admired their natural aspect. Vasari and his colleagues set the bases with their lives of the artists. But the golden age of art criticism can be found in Paris Salons, with Diderot, and Baudelaire, and the Goncourt brothers. The renewal was very obvious at the beginning of the 20th [...]


Raoul Hausmann, photographies, 1927-1936 - Texts by Cécile Bargues

Raoul Hausmann, photographies, 1927-1936

Texts by Cécile Bargues

He was born in one of Europe’s capital, Vienna, in 1886. He was one of the stars of the Dada movement in Berlin, the inventor of photomontage, the great friend of Moholy-Nagy, who would have loved to have him come to the New Bauhaus in Chicago to have him discover the new world and have the latter discover his value to this New World. Yet, when Raoul Hausmann [...]


Le mystère Clouzot - Under the direction of Noël Herpe

Le mystère Clouzot

Under the direction of Noël Herpe

"But you yourself are a painter?", André Parinaud asked him in 1956. He answered, with false modesty, "Hardly, proof of this is the fact that I like the paintings of others." That was of comon knowledge, simply based on his Mystère Picasso, which became a reference film, shot in 1955 at the studios de la Victorine in Nice under a scorching sun that exhausted [...]



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

  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Monet collectionneur - Marianne Mathieu and Dominique Lobstein
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • This Brutal World - Peter Chadwick
  • 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
  • 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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