Artists Bookworks

Artists Bookworks

Artists Bookworks specialises in artists’ books and writings of the early 20th century, and titles on Russian-Avant-Garde modernism. In 2017 they launch a series on historical pigments, 1st century B.C. to the 19th century based on contemporary treatises, complemented by the first documentary dictionary of pigments.

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  • 18th Century Colour Palettes

    • 18the century palettes used in France and England described by a pigment maker (Constant de Missoula), an artist's colourman (Jean Felix Watin) and a scientist (Robert Dossie).

    Pigments described by the English chemist, Robert Dossie, the French artists' colourman, Jean Félix Watin, and the London-based pigment maker, Constant de Massoul. 18th century European painting saw the introduction of new pigments to the painters' palettes, from Prussian Blue to the early synthetics such as Patent Yellow. It was a century rich in pigments, the authors of the treatises... Learn More

    Starting at: £12.00

  • 14th Century Colour Palettes - Volume 1

    • 14th century pigments for use in manuscript illumination, on panel and in fresco are described in Italian treatisses, with plates by Giotto.

    A companion volume to 14th Century Colour Palettes -Volume 2, this book covers painting on the wall and on
    wood panel from Cennino Cennini, The Book of Art, of the late 1390s (extracts). The pigments
    and methods are drawn from the practice of Giotto, as Cennino writes. Learn More

    Starting at: £12.50

  • 14th Century Colour Palettes - Volume 1 and 2

    • 14th century pigments for use in manuscript illumination, on panel and in fresco are described in Italian treatisses, with plates by Giotto.

    From Italy to France to Flanders, the arts of painting in the 14th century were practised in manuscript illumination, on panel, and in fresco. Recipes for pigments appropriate to all these arts are included in this collection. "Experiments upon Colours" were dictated by painters to a Frenchman, Jehan Alcherius, while the Italian artist, Cennino Cennini, was especially attentive to the practice and the pigments to be used in fresco painting... Learn More

    Starting at: £25.00

  • 14th Century Colour Palettes - Volume 2

    • 14th century pigments for use in manuscript illumination, on panel and in fresco are described in Italian treatisses, with plates by Giotto.

    From Italy to France to Flanders, the arts of painting in the 14th century were practised in manuscript illumination, on panel, and in fresco. Recipes for pigments appropriate to all these arts are included in this collection. "Experiments upon Colours" were dictated by painters to a Frenchman, Jehan Alcherius, while the Italian artist, Cennino Cennini, was especially attentive to the practice and the pigments to be used in fresco painting... Learn More

    Starting at: £12.50

  • 15th Century Colour Palettes

    • Many recipes from 15th century Italian treatises for painting in fresco and oil on panel are included in this handbook.

    15th century Italian painting mastered the art of painting light in the world. As Leon Battista Alberti wrote in On Painting (1435), "light has the power to vary colour", hence a rich palette of pigments and how to mix colours was necessary to capture every nuance. Countless recipes are provided by the anonymous author of "Secrets for Colours" (c. 1450), called the Bolognese Manuscript, intended for use in fresco and in oil on panel, accompanied by instruction... Learn More

    Starting at: £12.50

  • 1st-19th Century Pigments

    • A Documentary Dictionary of Historical Pigments bringing together all the pigments included in the series of Colour Palettes, by century
    • Entries define the pigment, its source and its name, with historical remarks tracing it through the centuries

    A collection of all the historical pigments mentioned in the treatises included in the series Colour Palettes, by century, complemented by recipes from other contemporary sources. The entries define the pigment - colour, its source (animal, plant, mineral) and its name - and describe its method of preparation, with historical... Learn More

    Starting at: £25.00

  • 12th Century Colour Palettes

    • Three 12th century treatises bring together pigments used since late Roman times
    • They include the earliest known recipes or vermilion, many flower pigments, and the first known mention of oil pigments

    Treatises on painting between the 1st and the 12th centuries A.D. may have been many but those preserved are found in two manuscripts from the 10th and 12th centuries: the Mappae Clavicula and Eraclius, On the Arts and Colours of the Romans - both of which probably date from c. 8th century. Of the 12th century itself there is On Divers Arts by Theophilus. All the passages... Learn More

    Starting at: £12.00

  • 13th Century Colour Palettes

    • A 13th century French collection of pigments for manuscript painting. Notable is the reference to painting in oil on panel

    A French collection of recipes for painting on parchment, On Making Colours, by a painter, Peter of St. Audemar, possibly of the Benedictine Abbey of St Bertin at St. Omer in northern France. St. Omer was an active centre of painters and scribes from the end of the 12th century and from it probably came The Aviary / De avibus by Hugo de Fouilloy (c. 1140) in the so-called Gloucester copy which is dated 1277. Plates and illustrations have been included in... Learn More

    Starting at: £12.00

  • 19th Century Colour Palettes

    The 19th century was a century of new pigments. They were derived from recently recognised metals -cadmium, chrome, zinc and others - as well as from the discovery of the chemical colouring substances of plants. From indigo the aniline dyes were manufactured, and from madder came the alizarin red pigments - there were hundreds of these coal tar pigments. The English chemist, George Field, published his Chromatography in 1835, a comprehensive collection which included many of the new pigments and, as the century wore on so new pigments were added to up-dated editions of his book in 1869 and... Learn More

    Starting at: £12.00

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