Series - Books in Art

To start this book and art series, Vincent van Gogh.

Auguste Renoir, “The Reader”, 1876.

Jean-Jacques Henner, “The reader”, circa 1880.

Vincent van Gogh, “The Arlesian Woman”, 1888.

Vincent van Gogh, “The Arlesian Woman”, 1888.
This Arlesian, Mrs. Joseph-Michel Ginoux, is the owner of the Café de la Gare d'Arles. She loves artists, Vincent van Gogh stayed with her when he arrived in Arles, he remained close to her throughout his stay. Ms. Ginoux took care of van Gogh during his hospitalization in December 1888.

Paul Cézanne, “The portrait of Gustave Geffroy”, 1895.

Edouard Vuillard, “Woman reading in the trees”, 1909. Very early on, Vuillard's art took an intimate and autobiographical orientation which marked all his work. The subjects seem surprised in their everyday life thanks to the photographic framing.

"The Library", 1921.

Félix Vallotton, “The library”, 1921.
We are at the same time in a Mondrian, a cubist, a photograph… Vallotton is undoubtedly still to be discovered, he is out of his time and deserves more consideration.

Fernand Léger, “Reading”, 1924.

Fernand Léger, “Reading”, 1924.

Pablo Picasso, “La Lecture” which represents Marie-Thérèse Walter, dozing, a book on her knees.
On June 15, 1932, Picasso opened up in the interview he gave to Tériade for L'Intransigeant: "Deep down, there is only love. Whatever it is. And we should die eyes to painters as we do to goldfinches so that they sing better.

Nothing can be done without solitude. I have created a solitude for myself that no one suspects."

Louis le Brocquy, "Girl in Grey", 1939.

One of the major Irish painters of the 20th century and yet unknown to many.
My grandfather was a fan of him and his work. He published magnificent lithos and engravings of him from series of portraits of literary figures and artists, including William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, his friends Samuel Beckett, Francis Bacon and Seamus Heaney, but also Bono, the singer of rock group U2.
Louis le Brocquy belongs to the small circle of the most renowned painters in Ireland and Great Britain, alongside Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Francis Bacon.

Henri Matisse, “Reader at the Yellow Table”, 1944.

Henri Matisse, “Reader at the Yellow Table”, 1944.

Lithograph by Pablo Picasso, "Jacqueline reading", 1957.

Lithograph by Pablo Picasso, "Jacqueline reading", 1957.
Of course, on the litho, the date is reversed, because it is inscribed on the litho stone and transferred to the paper by printing.

Pablo Picasso immersed in reading Juan Gyenes' photo book "Spanish Ballet" photographed by the same Juan Gyenes in 1954.

Roy Lichtenstein, “Naked e-reader”.

A magnificent work by Sylvie Selig. Artist whose works I love and his extraordinary poetic universe which is sometimes very disturbing!

A magnificent work by Sylvie Selig. Artist whose works I love and his extraordinary poetic universe, yet sometimes very disturbing!

Do you know Jonathan Wolstenholme?
Illustrator artist born in London in 1950, he studied at Croydon Art College from 1969 to 1972. He is fascinated by the world of old books and all the paraphernalia of a bygone era when craftsmanship was highly prized. He works in watercolor with great detail so that it is possible to read every word in the books he paints. Inspired by surrealism, “Books on Books” is a series of paintings in which the world of books is described by… books.

The book La Saga Maeght by Yoyo Maeght, with dedication. Link here