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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

Vitamin P3. New Perspectives in Painting,  - Collective

Vitamin P3. New Perspectives in Painting,


The month of September is always an ideal period for drawing up a statement or to start everything all over again. When one sees the unlimited number of new exhibitions, which is almost as long as that of new books, one can not refrain from wondering about the nature of painting. Does it still exist, after its demise was announced given the new media and performances? [...]


Egon Schiele. The Complete Paintings 1909-1918 - Directed by Tobias G. Natter

Egon Schiele. The Complete Paintings 1909-1918

Directed by Tobias G. Natter

He died at the age of 28 from the Spanish flu, which carried him without a doubt to the pantheon of the cursed artists. What would he have produced, had he lived longer? The work of Egon Schiele (1890-1918) is so abundant and, most of all, so audacious, that one wonders if he had not already said it all. Whether we consider his surprising landscapes that resemble [...]


L’Expressionnisme - Itzhak Goldberg


Itzhak Goldberg

Among the long list of “isms”, expressionism holds a large place. But what does it refer to, exactly? As expressed in this remarkable book -which hurts our wrists as we hold it too long-, there was a time when Matisse and the fauvist artists were put together under the label of French expressionism. Today though the term is almost monopolized by the Austro-German [...]


Alexandre Zinoview, un peintre russe sur le front français - Directed by Cécile Pichon-Bonin and Alexandre Sumpf

Alexandre Zinoview, un peintre russe sur le front français

Directed by Cécile Pichon-Bonin and Alexandre Sumpf

A few months ago we discovered the surprising war drawings by Ossip Zadkine, presented in his museum. Here is another interpretation of the same Champagne front between 1914 and 1917, by a Russian compatriot. Zinoview, his espionage name for the Okhrana, the Czar’s police, worked in ambulances, lived in trenches, went through the mutinies of 1917, and left behind [...]



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
  • 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
  • Autophoto - Under the direction of Xavier Barral and Philippe Séclier
  • Beat Generation New York San Francisco Paris - Directed by Philippe Alain Michaud
  • 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
  • Fernell Franco, Cali clair-obscur
  • 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
  • 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 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 intime de Monet à Giverny - Sylvie Patin
  • 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
  • Night Games - Photo Stefano Cerio, texts by Gabriel Bauret and Angela Madesani
  • Petite anthologie du dessin politique - Honoré
  • Philippe Prost, leçon inaugurale de l’école de Chaillot
  • Picasso primitif - Directed by Yves Le Fur
  • Pierre et Gilles, 40
  • Plant - Collective
  • Qui veut la peau de Vénus ? - Bruno Nassim Aboudrar
  • Splendeurs & misères, Images de la prostitution, 1850-1910 - Collective
  • Temps suspendu, exploration urbaine - Under the direction of Céline Neveux
  • 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
  • Vanished Spain - Carlos Saura
  • Vermeer - Karl Schütz
  • Vitamin P3. New Perspectives in Painting, - Collective
  • Walter Sickert - Delphine Lévy
  • Wim Delvoye - Directed by Enrico Lunghi
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