Lover: Portraits by 40 Great Artists

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Juliet Heslewood, art historian and author of Mother: Portraits by 40 Great Artists, brings together a collection of portraits of artists' lovers, through history to the present day.

The evolution of such a portrait begins with a unique and intimate relationship. These lovers were important to the artists, each one making an appearance upon canvas or paper, in plaster or stone. Exploring notions of forbidden love, lover as muse, as spouse, as life-long friend, the author tells the stories behind each of the works featured, and what they tell us about the artist, their relationships and their place in history.

From Raphael, Rubens and Rossetti to Klimt and Hockney, over forty portraits make up this collection of artists' lovers. A fascinating combination of biographical anecdote and art history, it is also a celebration of relationships, partnership and love.

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Juliet Heslewood studied the History of Art at London University and later gained an MA in English Literature at Toulouse. For over twenty-five years she lived in France where she devised and led study tours on art and architecture. Her books include The History of Western Painting for young people which was translated into twelve languages. She also wrote its companion on sculpture and Introducing Picasso. Juliet lives in Oxfordshire.

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The art of romance might be a tricky thing to master but one author has at least been trying to get a grasp on what constitutes good romantic art. Artists & Illustrators A lovely hardbound collection that shines a light on the tradition of the artist and his muse. Cotswold Life A book that will leave you wondering anew what the Mona Lisa is really smiling about... The Dubliner The universal subject of love which informs so many works of art, literature and music, touches us all and nowhere more than in these pictures is it brought into such sharp focus. Manchester Evening News A collection of exquisite portraits which explore, describe and capture the complex quintessence of love through paint ad photography. As artists including Goya, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Schiele, Freida Kahlo and David Hockney immortalise their mistresses, muses, spouses and objects of obsession, so their emotions are expressed in a language beyond words. Easy Living What a delightful book. Yorkshire Gazette This beautifully produced, yet elegantly slim, volume proves you can introduce art to people without manufacturing something the size of the proverbial cofee-table book. Good Book Guide

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