Fine Art - Exhibitions

Russia and the Arts

This book highlights some of the extraordinary developments that took place in Russian culture between 1867 and 1914, a time of vibrant creativity and political change. Beautifully illustrated with key works from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, it features portraits of writers, composers, musicians and actors, together with their more flamboyant patrons, and explores the rich relationships that these cultural trailblazers forged.

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500 Portraits

The BP Portrait Award is the world’s leading showcase for painters working in portraiture. This revised and updated edition of 500 Portraits brings together more than 500 portraits from twenty-five years of the Award. Featuring works by the world’s leading figurative artists, this book celebrates our enduring fascination with the human face.

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BP Portrait Award 2016

Featuring works from an international list of artists, the BP Portrait Award highlights the vitality of portrait painting today. This book presents the diverse range of styles in contemporary portraiture and the variety of techniques used by artists working in the field today.

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BP Portrait Award 2015

Featuring works from an international list of artists, the BP Portrait Award highlights the vitality of portrait painting today. This book presents the diverse range of styles in contemporary portraiture and the variety of techniques used by artists working in the field today.

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Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was the leading American portrait painter of his generation. This book showcases his portraits of artists, writers, actors and musicians, many of whom he knew well.

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BP Portrait Award 2014

The definitive guide to costume in the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection, examining the fundamental importance of fashion in portraiture in fascinating detail, with expert insight and over 250 full-colour images.

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Elizabeth I & Her People

Elizabeth I & Her People explores the achievements and developments of the Elizabethan period through portraits of those who brought them about. For the first time, merchants, lawyers, physicians, poets and artisans from across the middle classes were represented in portraiture.

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Laura Knight Portraits

A long overdue reappraisal of an outstanding and pioneering female artist, featuring over 35 of her finest works from across her vast and prolific career, demonstrating both the remarkable variety of her subjects and her consummate skills as an artist.

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The Lost Prince Henry, Prince of Wales (1594–1612)

Brave, handsome, clever, athletic, noble and cultured, Henry, Prince of Wales embodied all princely virtues, or so his contemporaries would have us believe. In his short life he was the focus of great hope and expectation in Europe, and his court was the centre of a revival of chivalry and a renaissance in the arts.

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Lucian Freud: Painting People

The National Portrait Gallery’s series of compact, fully illustrated, historical guides to literary and artistic personalities and themes. Written by well-known contemporary authors, they examine the lives, thoughts and relationships within each selected group through works from the Gallery’s Collection.

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Lucian Freud: Portraits

Lucian Freud was one of the world’s greatest realist painters. This new, authoritative survey of Freud’s portraits and figure paintings explores his work across seven decades, from the early 1940s to his death in 2011. The book features over 130 paintings, drawings and etchings selected in close collaboration with the artist.

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