Top 10 Books on Artists

 

An artist is a person dedicated to an activity related to the creation of art, the practice of the arts or the demonstration of an art. The common use in everyday language and in academic discourse is just a professional in the visual arts. The term is often used in the entertainment industry, especially in a commercial context, for musicians and other artists (less often for actors). “Artiste” (in French for the artist) is a variant used only in English in this context. The use of the term to describe writers, for example, is valid, but less common, and is limited primarily to contexts such as criticism.

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

A new selection of post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gough's letters, The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, has put a human face on one of the most disturbing figures in modern Western culture. In this edition of Penguin Classics, the lyrics are selected and edited by Ronald de Leeuw and translated by Arnold Pomerans into Penguin Classics. Few letters from artists are revealing like Vincent van Gogh, and this selection, which covers his artistic career, sheds light on every aspect of the life and work of this complex and tortured man. Engaging sincerely and emotionally with his religious struggles, his nefarious quest for love, his mental illness attacks and his relationship with his brother Theo, the letters contradict the popular myth of van Gogh as an anti-social mad and a martyr of the art, showing instead to a man of great emotional and spiritual depth. Above all, they are an intense personal narration of artistic development and a unique description of the process of creation.

Read it For:
This book is exceptional, stimulating, laboriously beautiful and moving. Not just literary letters, but they have covered the whole life of an artistic genius.
Don't Read it For:
There was a lot of repetition, seemed to always read the same letter.
What makes this book stand out?:
The texts are linked by explanatory biographical passages, which reveal the interior journey of van Gogh, as well as the external events of his life. This edition also includes drawings that originally illustrated the texts.

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. 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.

Ways of Seeing

John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and influential art books in all languages. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series on which the London Times reviewer commented: "This is a revelation in more than one way: focusing on how we look at the paintings . It will almost certainly change the way in which see the pictures.” For now, he did it.

Read it For:
It was opened for general attention to the areas of cultural study that are now a commonplace.
Don't Read it For:
The book is a collection of essays. Some ideas come from other authors, and this is explicitly mentioned.
What makes this book stand out?:
Winner of the Booker Prize 1972 for his novel, G., John Peter Berger (born November 5, 1926) is an art critic, painter and author of numerous novels, including A Painter of Our Time, from A to X and Bento's Sketchbook.

The Illustrated Vivian Stanshall: A Fairy-tale of Grimm Art

The illustrated Vivian Stanshall, a fairy tale by Grimm Art, is about art. These are artists. It is about what artists do and who they are and why they cannot help themselves. It concerns the desperate misery of creation and the joy of abandoning it. It concerns the writer, Ki Longfellow. But above all, it is Vivian Stanshall, the last of the Bohemians and the best comedian and great writer of words of his time. I would have been the best painter if I had painted more. Vivian led a life with stories, a truly tragic life, a life in which everything was art.

Read it For:
the book is full of photographs, painting and sketches
Don't Read it For:
Between the pages of this book, you may not find the Vivian you knew or thought you wanted to know, but it's the backstage part, under the sheets, under the man in bed that Ki Longfellow-Stanshall met for eighteen years.
What makes this book stand out?:
Full of photographs, paintings, sketches, illustrations, paper dolls, a ship's model, a colouring page and a cover book, this book is not a biography. Not from Vivian Stanshall and not from the opposite Vivian band: the beloved Bonzo Dog Band from England. It is not exactly a memory, even if there are elements of both. But only enough to shape the problem.
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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. Now Dr Edwards celebrates the twentieth anniversary of his classic book with a second revised edition.

Art History’s History

this is one of the first volumes to make 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.

Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

Here is the tumultuous life of an extraordinary woman of the twentieth century, with illustrations as rich and unforgettable as its legend. This is a very well documented historical novel about the life of Frida Kahlo. What an amazing time in history! Farida was definitely passionate and motivated when it came to his art.

Read it For:
This biography is beautifully written, and it is easy to understand.
Don't Read it For:
Many claims that the author has mentioned some inaccurate facts in this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
Acclaimed by readers and critics throughout the country. This absorbing biography of the Mexican painter “Frida Kahlo” reveals a woman of extreme magnetism and originality, an artist whose sensual vitality comes directly from her experiences.

Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling

Despite the strong opinion, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the roof of the newly restored Sistine Chapel. With little experience as a painter (although famous for his sculpture of David), Miguel Angel was reluctant to start the impressive project. Michelangelo and the Pope's roof recount the extraordinary four years that Michelangelo spent working on the vast roof while the politics of power and personal rivalries that abounded in Rome swirled around him. Struggling against bad health, financial difficulties, internal problems, the impatience of the Pope and a bitter rivalry with the young and brilliant painter Rafael, Michelangelo has created scenes so beautiful as to be considered one of the greatest masterpieces of all time.

Read it For:
This book is a fascinating journey through Italy of the early sixteenth century, focusing mainly on the ceiling fresco of the Sistine Chapel.
Don't Read it For:
This book, unfortunately, was very disorganized and manual care. The chapters of due have been devoted to the discussion of the methods involved in the execution of the roof.
What makes this book stand out?:
A panorama of famous people converges around the creation of this great work - from the great Dutch scholar Erasmus Desiderio to the young Martin Luther - and Ross King has skilfully intertwined them through its fascinating historical narration, offering an unusual view of the intersection of art and history.

The Agony and the Ecstasy

This is a very well documented historical novel about the life of Michelangelo. What an incredible time in history! Michelangelo was definitely passionate and driven when it came to his art. The Pietà ended when he was only twenty-five years old! This represents the body of Christ in the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion.

Read it For:
A masterpiece in itself, this novel offers a compelling portrait of the dangerous and passionate loves of Michelangelo and the fury driven by God from which he snatched the greatest art the world has ever known.
Don't Read it For:
The author had the bad habit of placing Michelangelo in a niche in which his whole personality was determined by the fact that he sculpted the marble.
What makes this book stand out?:
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo's David, the New American Library publishes a special edition of the classic biographical novel by Irving Stone, in which both the artist and the man come to life in their entirety.

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. The book 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:
The first chapters of a Christie's auction of contemporary art, and a visit to the Art Basel fair were more interesting
Don't Read it For:
Thornton's narrative seemed to lose some of its enthusiasm when it closed.
What makes this book stand out?:
Nominated one of the best art books of 2008 by the New York Times and The Times Sunday [London]: It is an indelible portrait of a particular society.

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