Thomas Negovan has written numerous books on art history, primarily Symbolist Art, Art Nouveau, Austrian Modernism, and contemporary art inspired by these movements. He has also edited and curated a number of exhibition catalogs and artist monographs, including his massive 2019 volume LE PATER: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Symbolism, coming in an expanded
softcover edition in November of 2022.
“I am honestly in awe of this book. I am almost afraid to open it, let alone write about it. It is profound and beautiful, and is amongst the very few of its kind I cherish; it is a source of beauty and intellectual inspiration...”
— Michael Moorcock, legendary author and creator of the term "multiverse" (from his introduction)
"Alphonse Mucha is an astonishing genius. I love his work, and have half a dozen books about him (plus probably twenty more where he is featured). He was a supreme craftsman enjoying incredible technical facility, a unique sense of design, and a sublime aesthetic judgement– yet his masterful illustrations and decorations for The Lord’s Prayer remain relatively unknown. Hopefully this book will change that. Thomas Negovan’s beautiful book is probably my
all-time favourite exploration of an artist who brought joy and beauty into the world and– simply put–
played his part in making the world a better place."
— Roger Dean, legendary artist and designer (painter of album covers for the band Yes and creator of countless iconic logos)
"There's a whole lot of talk about magick and the occult these days, but very few recognize just how much work and artistry go into development of a true sigil. This stunning homage to Le Pater not only reveals the intricacies and depth of Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece, it also demonstrates the sort of research, decoding, dedication, and precision required to embark on a mystical journey of this magnitude."
— Douglas Rushkoff, author of Team Human, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus
"After a misspent youth hanging around esoteric bookshops I bloody well wish this book had been available before. It's got it all really. All that stuff
I wanted to know about plus all that stuff I wanted to (ahem) recontextualise into lyrics for my songs.
Yes it's all here: magic, masons, theosophy, heaven and hell, monsters and mirages, metaphysical diagrams, illustrated prayers, fantastical poems and of course marvellous paintings plus pithy commentaries.
Dive deep and apprehend these mysteries my friends, this book is essential stuff."
— Steve Kilbey, singer-songwriter and bassist for The Church
A selection of his literary work can be seen here.
Printer's proofs for LE PATER.