John-Paul Stonard is an art historian and curator who has written widely on twentieth-century art. He was most recently the co-curator of ‘Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation’ (Tate Britain 2014). His book Germany Divided: Baselitz and his Generation, was published alongside an exhibition at the British Museum in 2014. He was the editor and contributed to The Books that Shaped Art History (Thames & Hudson, 2013). His book Fault Lines. Art in Germany 1945-55 was published by Ridinghouse, London, in 2007. He is a regular contributor to The Burlington MagazineThe Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books. He is currently writing ‘A New Story of Art’, an introductory survey of art from ancient to modern times.


Selected Publications


Germany Divided: Baselitz and his Generation

(British Museum, 6 February to 31 August 2014)



Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation

Edited by Chris Stephens and John-Paul Stonard

(Tate Britain 20 May – 14 August 2014)





The Books that Shaped Art History

Richard Shone (editor); John-Paul Stonard (editor and contributor)

This volume reassesses the impact of sixteen of the most important books published in the field of art history during the twentieth century. Each chapter is written by a leading art historian, curator, or one of the promising scholars of today. In bringing these cross-generational contributions together, the book presents a varied and invaluable overview of the history of art, told through its seminal texts.


‘…this thrilling account of the history of art in the 20th century’ — The Guardian

‘Path-breaking … a heroic account of how writing battles not to be reduced to helplessness by great art’ — The Financial Times

‘An invaluable and stimulating resource’ — Apollo

‘the essays are models of intelligent compression and lively instruction’ — Royal Academy Magazine

‘Points towards wide vistas of knowledge’ — The Literary Review

‘…a thought-provoking reflection on a century of brilliant Art Historical scholarship… sets the bar for the next generation’ — Daily Telegraph

Published by Thames & Hudson, March 2013




Ernst Wilhelm Nay

‘This book offers the first English language overview of Ernst Wilhelm Nay’s life and work. It features a detailed survey by John-Paul Stonard, who looks at the development of Nay’s art and his relationship to the culture and politics of his time, from the Weimar Republic through the Third Reich to the postwar division of Germany. Pamela Kort introduces Nay’s rise to fame in Germany followed by a comprehensive overview of Nay’s reception outside of Germany, specifically in America and Britain. The two texts are accompanied by full colour illustrations of Nay’s paintings and archival imagery of the artist’s life’

With an introduction by Norman Rosenthal

Published by Ridinghouse, December 2012



Fault Lines: Art in Germany 1945-55

This book examines the arts in Germany in the wake of the destruction of War, and in the context of political division.


 ‘..a well-researched and lucidly written book, which transcends its apparently rather narrow subject to become a fascinating piece of modern European history’ — Times Literary Supplement, March 2008

Published by Ridinghouse 2007



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  1. Lee Sorensen

    “Books that Shaped Art History” is truly an important contribution to not only art historiographic literature but art history in general. My pleasure over the past years in reading the “Art History Reviewed” series in the Burlington Magazine was multiplied by reading their collection in this book. For such an important topic, historiography gets scant treatment in the English-speaking world. Students of art method and scholars of culture in general have a series of essays which are balanced and yet intellectually diverse. Your work on Lord Clark is highly anticipated. Thank you.


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