On Artists and Their Making

Selected Writings of Maurice de Sausmarez

Maurice de Sausmarez

On Artists and Their Making

Maurice de Sausmarez

Distributed for Unicorn Publishing Group

Edited by Hilary Diaper
192 pages | 40 color plates | 6 x 8 | © 2016
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781910065846 Published February 2016 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Maurice de Sausmarez founded the Department of Fine Art at the University of Leeds in the 1960’s and served as its chair, after which he moved on to become head of fine art at Hornsey College of Art, then principal of the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting in London. What linked his work in all these posts was a fierce commitment to standards in teaching, an unflinching criticism of postwar art education, and a shrewd understanding of art and its creation. In 1964 he published Basic Design: The Dynamics of Visual Form, a book that has remained an important and influential part of art and design curricula for more than half a century. This volume gathers a number of reviews and essays by Sausmarez that offer a clear view of his aesthetic and pedagogical principles; together, they serve as a powerful statement about art and its making, one that is as valid today as in the early days of Sausmarez’s storied career.



1. The Nature and Values of Art
Introduction by Hilary Diaper
1.1 The Artist in a Scientific Society (1950)
1.2 Art and Criticism (1949)
1.3 The Painter and the Analytical Attitude (1955)
1.4 How to Visit and Art Gallery (1967)
1.5 The Artist and Public Today (1960)
1.6 Artist and Public (1959)
1.7 The Arts of Design (1956)

2. The Painter’s Eye
Introduction by Hilary Diaper
2.1 Colour and Light in Painting (no date)
2.2 The Mechanics of Perception (1962)
2.3 The Value of Workbooks (1969)
2.4 The Pen Drawings of Thomas Hennell (1947)
2.5 The Camden Town Group (1950)
2.6 L.S. Lowry (1959)
2.7 Georges Seurat (1959)
2.8 Recent Figurative Painting (1960)
2.9 Dubuffet in Paris (1961)
2.10 Paint and Matter (no date)
2.11 Contemporary Sculpture (1060)
2.12 William Culbert (1965)
2.13 Carel Weight and Roger De Grey (1966)
2.14 1968 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (1968)
2.15 Margaret Benyon (1969)
2.16 A Conversation with Peter Sedgley (1967)
2.17 Poussin’s Orpheus and Eurydice (1969)
2.18 Four Drawings by Ben Nicholson (1963)
2.19 Ben Nicholson (1969)
2.20 Naum Gabo talking to Maurice de Sausmarez (1969)
2.21 Henry Moore talking to Maurice de Sausmarez (1969)
2.22 Letters from Ben Nicholson to Maurice de Sausmarez (1967-8)
2.23 Bridget Riley (1962)
2.24 Bridget Riley’s Working Drawings (1969)
2.25 Introductory Observations on Optical Painting (1969)

3. The Art of Maurice de Sausmarez
Introduction by Hilary Diaper

4. Fostering the Creative Impulse
Introduction by Beth Williamson
4.1 Dissipated Octopuses: On the Teaching of Art to Adolescent s (1959)
4.2 Innovation and Continuity in Art Education (1969)
4.3 Adolescent Art Education
4.4 Art in Higher Education
4.5 Basic Design & The Visual Gammar of Form
4.6 The Byam Shaw School of Art (1963-4)

5. Homage to Maurice de Sausmarez 

Appendix 1 The Maurice de Sausmarez Memorial Lectures 1971-1990
Appendix 2 Maurice de Sausmarez Exhibitions

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