Books: A Shelf of Holiday Treats and Treasures

Fifteen richly illustrated volumes celebrate art, faith, nature and entertainment


Intense, erotic, opulently colorful, the flower paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe provide a heady mixture of sheer sensory shock and austere formalism, of extreme close-up scale and bold monumentality. In this 100th anniversary year of the artist's birth, a selection has been beautifully reproduced in Georgia O'Keeffe: One Hundred Flowers (Knopf; $100). Their richness and vibrancy seem to leave nothing to say, and Editor Nicholas Callaway, except in a brief afterword, presents the plates without comment. The effect is magnificently simple, and simply magnificent.

The Old Testament injunction against graven images did not apply to the work of Jewish...

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