Top 10 Books on Art

 

Art  can be defined as the wide range of human activities in the creation of visual, auditory or execution artifacts. These works of art express the imaginative or technical skill of the author. Art is meant to be appreciated for its beauty or emotional power. In its most general form, these activities include the production of works of art, the critique of art, the study of the history of art and the aesthetic dissemination of art.

 

Girl with a Pearl Earring

With exactly 35 canvases to his credit, the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer represents one of the great enigmas of 17th-century art. The few facts of his biography have been extracted from a handful of legal documents. However, the extraordinary paintings of the domestic life of Vermeer, with their subtle play of light and consistency, have come to define the golden age of Dutch. His portrait of the anonymous girl with a pearl earring has exerted a special charm for centuries, and it is this magnetic painting that is the heart of the second novel of the same name by Tracy Chevalier

Read it For:
A total joy to read. Really interesting, historically interesting, with strong characterization and beautiful writing.
Don't Read it For:
The description of the characters and the configuration is well written and facilitates the visualization. But the true story and the rhythm with which it moves tend to drag.
What makes this book stand out?:
The girl with a pearl earring focuses on Vermeer's prosperous house in Delft in the 1660s. When Griet, the discreetly perceptive heroine of the novel, is hired as a servant, the riot continues. First of all, the 16-year-old narrator becomes increasingly intimate with his teacher. Then Vermeer uses it as his assistant, and finally, Griet is sitting for him as a model.

The Art Book

A guide from A to Z directed to 500 great painters and sculptors from the Middle Ages to modern times, discredits the historical classifications of art by launching luminous examples of all periods, schools, visions and techniques. Each artist is represented by a full-colour colour plaque of a definitive work, accompanied by explanatory and illuminating information about the image and its creator. The glossaries of artistic movements and technical terms are included, so this is a valuable reference work and a feast for the eyes.

Read it For:
It was a good introduction to the artists. Around 500 artist work has been shown in this book.
Don't Read it For:
This is not a thorough exploration.
What makes this book stand out?:
Breaking with traditional classifications, The Art Book presents a new and original approach to art: an unparalleled visual reference book and a celebration of our rich and multiform culture.

The Artist’s Way

The Artist's Way is the fundamental book on the theme of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers, have discovered that it is an invaluable guide to living the life of the artist. Still vital today, or perhaps even more, than it was when it was first published ten years ago, it is a highly provocative and stimulating work.

Read it For:
The book is full of examples of cases; artists, novelists, poets, screenwriters, who benefited from Cameron's twelve-week recovery
Don't Read it For:
The hardest thing that the book challenges you to do is write at least 3 pages a day, write freely, by hand, immediately after you get up. Which was surprisingly difficult
What makes this book stand out?:
In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects on the impact of The Artist's Way and describes the work she has done over the last decade and the new knowledge about the creative process she has acquired. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reiterates The Artist's Way for a new century.

The Goldfinch

Start with a boy Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is welcomed by the family of a rich friend. Baffled by his strange new house on Park Avenue, disturbed by classmates who do not know how to talk to him, and tormented especially by his unbearable desire for his mother, clings to something that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that finally attracts Theo in the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves silently through the halls of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antique shop where he works. He is alienated, in love and at the centre of an increasingly narrow and increasingly dangerous circle.

Read it For:
The "Goldfinch" is a brilliant story with memorable characters and most of the book is incredibly well done and is fun to read.
Don't Read it For:
In "Goldfinch" you can see that talent is there, but something is drastically off in the narrative. The book drags and drags
What makes this book stand out?:
The Goldfinch combines lively characters, hypnotic and suspenseful language, and at the same time connects with the calm of a philosopher the deepest mysteries of love, identity and art. It is an antiquated history of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of destiny
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Seven Days in the Art World

The art market is booming. Assistance to the museum is on the rise. More people than ever are called artists. Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury, a description of work and, for some, a sort of alternative religion. In a series of wonderfully stimulated narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of an auction of Christie, the realization of studies Takashi Murakami, Elite Art Fair of Basel, the eccentricities of Artforum, competition behind an important art Prize, life in a well-known art school seminar and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. Reveals the new dynamic of creativity, taste, status, money and the search for meaning in life. judicious and juicy account of institutions that have the power to shape art history, based on hundreds of interviews with high-profile players, Thornton's entertaining ethnography will change the way you look at contemporary culture.

Read it For:
A fun tour in the world of contemporary art: from an auction to an artist, a museum, an art magazine or an art fair.
Don't Read it For:
The book is entitled Seven days in the art world, which clearly labelled as a tour guide.
What makes this book stand out?:
Named one of the best art books of 2008 by the New York Times and The Times Sunday [London]: "An indelible portrait of a particular society.”

The Power of Art

Great art has terrible manners, "Simon Schama observes ironically at the beginning of his epic and explosive exploration of power, and the whole point of art." The quiet reverence of the gallery can be deceived into believing masterpieces are educated things; visions that calm, enchant and deceive, but in reality they are bullies. Relentless and cunning, the larger paintings you grab in a hood, dry your composure, and then proceed quickly to rearrange your sense of reality.

Read it For:
Strong opinions of the author, is that the reader will agree or disagree, take the player very involved.
Don't Read it For:
The focus on one or two memorable pieces and select historical and biographical details prevent the work from becoming overwhelming.
What makes this book stand out?:
With vivid stories and powerfully suggestive descriptive passages, Schama explores the dynamic personality of the artists and the spirit of the era in which he lived, capturing the extravagant theatre of bourgeois life in Amsterdam, the passion and paranoia of revolutionary Paris, and the butchery and the pathos of civil war in Spain.

History of Beauty

Now, in an economical edition, the innovative illustrated book by Umberto Eco and the first illustrated book have had a critical success since its first publication in 2004. What is beauty? Umberto Eco, one of Italy's most important and important contemporary thinkers, explores the nature, meaning and history of the idea of ​​beauty in Western culture. The deep and subtle text is abundantly illustrated with abundant examples of sublime painting and sculpture and extensive quotations from writers and philosophers.

Read it For:
It is a reference dictionary, it should open people's minds to investigate and investigate more thoroughly.
Don't Read it For:
It is a book that is not based on artistic criteria of beauty, but on a beauty marked by time, by concepts, by what was and was considered beautiful in every season.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is the first pocket edition of History of Beauty, making this intellectual and philosophical journey with one of the most acclaimed thinkers in the world available in a more compact and economical format

The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

During the last decade, Dr Edwards perfected her material by teaching hundreds of workshops and seminars. Really the new design on the right side of the brain, this edition includes: the latest advances in brain research new material on the use of drawing techniques in the corporate world and in education education on self-expression through drawing an updated section on the use of colour detailed information on using the five basic troubleshooting skills

Read it For:
On the one hand, this almost magical immediate improvement in its design, on the other hand, is also good for long-term improvement.
Don't Read it For:
This is not a book for people interested in learning to draw in the classical sense.
What makes this book stand out?:
When Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain was first published in 1979, it reached the New York Times bestseller list in two weeks and stayed there for more than a year. In 1989, when Dr Betty Edwards examined the book, it returned directly to the list of times.

M.C. Escher: The Graphic Work

Present the unthinkable structure as if it were a law of nature M.C. Escher was born in 1898 in Leeuwarden (the Netherlands). He received his first drawing lessons during high school at F.W. van der Haagen, who also taught him to block the press, thus favouring Escher's innate graphic talent. From 1912 to 1922 he studied at the School of Architecture and Ornamental Design in Haarlem, where he was instructed in graphic techniques by S. Jessurun de Mesquita, who greatly influenced the artistic development of Escher. Between the years 1922 and 1934, the artist lived and worked in Italy. Subsequently, Escher spent two years in Switzerland and five years in Brussels before returning permanently to Barn, in the Netherlands, where he died in 1972. M.C. Escher is not a surrealist that drags us into his dream world, but an architect of absolutely impossible worlds that presents the unthinkable structure as if it were a law of nature. The resulting dimensional and perspective illusions confront us with the limits of our sensory perception.

Read it For:
This book contains art along with comments from the artist explaining what he was trying to achieve and where he felt he had done well and not so well. The words of the author in the book add a lot to the appreciation of well-known images. It's a fun book that would be nice to go back to school and recreate.
Don't Read it For:
This is a very short book.
What makes this book stand out?:
Each book of the Basic Art series by TASCHEN presents: a detailed systematic summary of the artist's life and work, covering his cultural and historical importance a concise biography of about 100 illustrations with explanatory legends.

Art History’s History

One of the first volumes by the writer, which makes the theory of historical art accessible to those of an introductory level. A review of the contemporary theory of art history provides readers with lucid prose and concrete examples. applies to images.

Read it For:
Written in jargon and easy to read.
Don't Read it For:
It goes on too long, using six different examples to illustrate one point and citing so many articles that the true content of the articles is buried under five types that repeatedly paraphrase the same thing
What makes this book stand out?:
The discussion of the eighteenth and nineteenth-century theories that are important for art history offers readers a review of historically important topics in philosophy. Illustrations of well-known works of art show readers how the theory.

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