John Golding (1929–2012) was a British painter and art historian. He taught at the Courtauld Institute and the Royal College of Art. Among his many books was Cubism: A History and an Analysis, which refuted the notion that Cubism represented a break with the realist tradition. Golding also curated exhibitions on both sides of the Atlantic, including Picasso: Painter/Sculpter and Matisse Picasso.

IN THE REVIEW

The Greatest French Artist of His Century

Jean-Antoine Watteau: Studies of a Standing Woman and a Seated Boy Holding a Key

Watteau: The Drawings

an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 12–June 5, 2011

Watteau at the Wallace Collection

an exhibition at the Wallace Collection, London, March 12–June 5, 2011
The recent and remarkable exhibition “Watteau: The Drawings” was housed in the Sackler Wing, completed in 1991 to expand the exhibition space of London’s Royal Academy of Art. The galleries suited Jean-Antoine Watteau’s drawings to perfection. The walls were painted a pale French gray and each drawing was given space …

The Born Rebel Artist

Gustave Courbet

Catalog of the exhibition by Sylvain Amic, Kathryn Calley Galitz, Laurence des Cars, Dominique de Font-Réaulx, Thomas Galifot, Michel Hilaire, Dominique Lobstein, Bruno Mottin, and Bertrand Tillier

The Most Arrogant Man in France: Gustave Courbet and the Nineteenth-Century Media Culture

by Petra ten-Doesschate Chu
In 1854 Gustave Courbet sent his patron and friend the rich philanthropist Alfred Bruyas a self-portrait, accompanying it with a letter: It is the portrait of a fanatic, an ascetic. It is the portrait of a man who, disillusioned by the nonsense that made up his education, seeks to live …

In Braque’s Studio

Georges Braque: A Life

by Alex Danchev
After Henri Matisse’s death in 1954, Georges Braque came to be recognized generally as the greatest living French painter. Picasso as a Spaniard was hors concours; and indeed in a very real way this is what he had been since he had ridden so quickly to fame in the first …

The Artist in Search of Himself

The Artist's Reality: Philosophies of Art

by Mark Rothko
The publication of an ambitious, hitherto unknown manuscript by one of the greatest painters of his age can only be a cause for celebration, although in the case of Mark Rothko’s The Artist’s Reality: Philosophies of Art the celebration can only be muted, and qualified. As early as 1936 Milton …

Always in Exile

Arshile Gorky: His Life and Work

by Hayden Herrera
Arshile Gorky became a legend during his lifetime. No less a figure than André Breton had declared him to be “the most important painter in American history.” Clement Greenberg, the most influential American art critic of his age, though originally grudging in his praise, in 1948, the year of Gorky’s …

Divide and Conquer

Barnett Newman

Catalog of the exhibition edited by Ann Temkin, with essays by Ann Temkin and Richard Shiff, and contributions by Suzanne Penn and Melissa Ho
Although Barnett Newman, through his writings, did as much as any other single figure to create the climate in which Abstract Expressionism was to be born and subsequently to flourish, he was the least expressionistic of the Abstract Expressionists. Alfred Barr was until the last moment doubtful about including him …

Renoir the Irregular

Nature's Workshop: Renoir's Writings on the Decorative Arts

by Robert L. Herbert
Think of Impressionism and the two names most likely to come first to mind are those of Monet and Renoir. And of all the Impressionist painters Renoir is the most seductive. He painted many of Impressionism’s most popular and memorable canvases. To name only three: The Theater Box (La Loge) …