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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

Visiteurs de Versailles - Directed by Danielle Kisluk-Grosheide and Bertrand Rondot

Visiteurs de Versailles

Directed by Danielle Kisluk-Grosheide and Bertrand Rondot

On 5 October 1789, the Parisian mob, led by the fishmongers’ wives, headed to Versailles to seek out “the baker, the baker’s wife, and the little helper”. It was a very rare case of intrusion by the crowds in the castle of the kings of France. But, as shown in this book – and in the exhibition it accompanies that will run until 25 February 2018 -, visitors have [...]

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Antoni Clavé, printed work - Collective

Antoni Clavé, printed work

Collective

A Spaniard who was born in 1913, and died in 2005, Antoni Clavé has many other points in common with Picasso, whom he met in 1944, such as the hate of Franco, the love of bull fights, the fascination for some of the great old masters, such as Velázquez and Rembrandt, the taste for poor materials such as ropes, nails or cardboard. And they both had a passion for engravings. [...]

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Arthur Cravan. Maintenant ? - Directed by Emmanuel Guigon

Arthur Cravan. Maintenant ?

Directed by Emmanuel Guigon

A few elements have contributed to build the legend of Arthur Cravan. His life as a journalist, writer as well as painter and boxer make him into a character of a novel to begin with. Add to that the fact that he was the cousin of Oscar Wilde, which the media lapped up. And then put a dab of mystery by questioning his death somewhere on the Rio Grande, on the border [...]

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The Dutch in Paris, 1789-1914 - Collective

The Dutch in Paris, 1789-1914

Collective

We all know Van Gogh, Van Dongen and Mondrian well, Scheffer and Jongkind a little less, while Maris and Breitner are practically unknown to us. They have on thing in common though, that is that all were Dutch and all lived at a given moment in their careers in Paris. They all lived sometime between the French Revolution and the First World War. And as the catalogue [...]

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Polyphonies - Alain Rey and Fabienne Verdier
  • Qui veut la peau de Vénus ? - Bruno Nassim Aboudrar
  • Ralph Gibson, Trilogie - Directed by Gilles Mora
  • 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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