The Painted Word

By Tom Wolfe

"America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek) trains his satirical eye on smooth artwork during this "masterpiece" (The Washington Post)

Wolfe's sort hasn't ever been extra excellent, his wit by no means extra prepared. He addresses the scope of recent artwork, from its founding days as summary Expressionism via its changes to Pop, Op, minimum, and Conceptual. The Painted be aware is Tom Wolfe "at his such a lot smart, a laugh, and irreverent" (San Francisco Chronicle).

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Ways of Seeing

By John Berger, Chris Fox, Sven Blomberg, Michael Dibbs, Richard Hollis

John Berger’s vintage textual content on Art
John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one among the main stimulating and the main influential books on paintings in any language. First released in 1972, it used to be in response to the BBC tv sequence approximately which the (London) Sunday Times critic commented: "This is an eye-opener in additional methods than one: by means of targeting how we glance at work . . . he'll potentially switch how you examine pictures." via now he has.
"Berger has the facility to chop during the mystification of the pro paintings critics . . . he's a liberator of pictures: and when we have allowed the work to paintings on us without delay, we're in a more robust place to make a significant evaluation" —Peter Fuller, Arts Review
"The impression of the sequence and the publication . . . used to be huge, immense . . . It unfolded for basic recognition to parts of cultural examine which are now commonplace" —Geoff Dyer in Ways of Telling
Winner of the 1972 Booker Prize for his novel, G., John Peter Berger (born November fifth, 1926) is an artwork critic, painter and writer of many novels together with A Painter of Our Time, From A to X and Bento’s Sketchbook.

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Gardner's Art Through the Ages: A Concise Global History

By Fred S. Kleiner

As interesting as a true stopover at to the world's recognized museums and architectural websites, GARDNER'S artwork in the course of the a while: A CONCISE worldwide heritage provides a complete, superbly illustrated journey of the world's nice inventive traditions--plus all of the examine instruments you must excel on your artwork heritage path! effortless to learn and comprehend, this can be the one textbook that features a detailed "scale" function (accompanying the book's pictures of work and different artistic endeavors) that can assist you larger visualize the particular measurement of the artistic endeavors proven within the ebook. you will additionally locate fabrics that can assist you grasp the foremost issues speedy and assist you examine in your exams--for instance, "The vast photo" overviews on the finish of each bankruptcy, a unique worldwide timeline, and ArtStudy on-line (a unfastened interactive examine advisor that incorporates flash playing cards of pictures and quizzes).

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Rembrandt and the Female Nude (Amsterdam Studies in the Dutch Golden Age)

By Eric Jan Sluijter

Rembrandt’s impressive work of girl nudes—Andromeda, Susanna, Diana and her Nymphs, Danaë, Bathsheba—as good as his etchings of nude girls, have interested many generations of artwork fanatics and paintings historians. yet in addition they elicited vehement feedback whilst first proven, defined as against-the-grain, anticlassical—even grotesque and ugly. in spite of the fact that, Rembrandt selected traditional topics, stored on the subject of established pictorial schemes, and was once good conscious of the excessive status accorded to the depiction of the bare lady physique. Why, then, do those works deviate so noticeably from the depictions of nude girls via different artists? to reply to this query Eric Jan Sluijter, in Rembrandt and the feminine Nude, examines Rembrandt’s work and etchings opposed to the history of confirmed pictorial traditions within the Netherlands and Italy. Exploring Rembrandt’s severe discussion with the works of predecessors and friends, Sluijter demonstrates that, greater than the other artist, Rembrandt got down to incite the best attainable empathy within the viewer, an method that had far-reaching effects for the ethical and erotic implications of the themes Rembrandt selected to depict.

            during this richly illustrated examine, Sluijter provides an leading edge method of Rembrandt’s perspectives at the paintings of portray, his angle in the direction of antiquity and Italian paintings of the Renaissance, his sustained contention with the works of different artists, his dealing with of the ethical and erotic matters inherent in matters with woman nudes, and the character of his inventive choices.  

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Oxford World's Classics: NoteBooks (World Classics)

'Study me reader, should you locate savor me...Come, O males, to work out the miracles that such reports will expose in nature.'

such a lot of what we all know approximately Leonardo da Vinci, we all know as a result of his notebooks. a few 6,000 sheets of notes and drawings continue to exist, which characterize maybe one-fifth of what he really produced. In them he recorded every little thing that him on this planet round him, and his research of ways issues paintings. With an artist's eye and a scientist's interest he studied the move of water and the formation of rocks, the character of flight and optics, anatomy, structure, sculpture, and portray. He jotted down fables and letters and built his trust within the elegant harmony of nature and guy. via his notebooks we will get an perception into Leonardo's ideas, and his method of paintings and lifestyles.

this option bargains a cross-section of his writings, prepared round coherent issues. totally up-to-date, this re-creation contains a few 70 line drawings and a Preface through Martin Kemp, one of many world's prime gurus on Leonardo.

concerning the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made on hand the widest variety of literature from worldwide. every one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, delivering the main exact textual content plus a wealth of alternative priceless beneficial properties, together with professional introductions by means of prime specialists, useful notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for extra research, and masses extra.

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Painting Outside the Lines: Patterns of Creativity in Modern Art

By David W. Galenson

Why have a few nice glossy artists--including Picasso--produced their most vital paintings early of their careers whereas others--like Cezanne--have performed theirs past due in lifestyles? In a piece that brings new insights, and new dimensions, to the heritage of recent artwork, David Galenson examines the careers of greater than a hundred sleek painters to reveal a desirable courting among age and inventive creativity.

Galenson's research of the careers of figures resembling Monet, Seurat, Matisse, Pollock, and Jasper Johns unearths very diversified tools through which artists have made thoughts, every one linked to a really various development of discovery over the existence cycle. Experimental innovators, like Cezanne, paintings by means of trial and mistake, and arrive at their most vital contributions steadily. against this, Picasso and different conceptual innovators make surprising breakthroughs through formulating new principles. hence, experimental innovators frequently make their discoveries overdue of their lives, while conceptual innovators quite often height at an early age.

a unique contribution to the historical past of contemporary artwork, either in technique and in substance, Painting outdoors the Lines bargains an enlightening glimpse into the connection among the operating tools and the lifestyles cycles of recent artists. The book's specific use of easy yet robust quantitative strategies makes it possible for systematic generalization approximately huge numbers of artists--and illuminates major yet little understood positive factors of the historical past of recent artwork. Pointing to a brand new and richer figuring out of that historical past, from Impressionism to summary Expressionism and past, Galenson's paintings additionally has large implications for destiny makes an attempt to appreciate the character of human creativity as a rule.

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The Future of Art in a Digital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness

This e-book develops the thesis that the transition from premodernism to postmodernism in paintings of the electronic age represents a paradigm shift from the Hellenistic to the Hebraic roots of Western tradition. Semiotic and morphological research of paintings and visible tradition show the modern confluence among the deep constitution of Hebraic cognizance and new instructions in paintings that come up alongside the interface among medical inquiry, electronic applied sciences, and multicultural expressions. Complementing those analytic methodologies, replacement methodologies of kabbalah and halakhah supply postmodern tools for extending into electronic age artwork types. Exemplary artistic endeavors are defined within the textual content and may be illustrated with photos.

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Sargent's Daughters: The Biography of a Painting

By Erica E. Hirshler

Essentially the most celebrated painters of his day, John Singer Sargent defines for lots of the fashion, optimism and opulence of turn-of-the-century the United States. between his popular pics, "The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit" stands along "Madame X" and "Lady Agnew of Lochnaw" as considered one of Sargent's immortal photos. This portray depicts 4 younger sisters within the spacious lobby of the family's Paris condominium, surprisingly dispersed around the murky tones and depths of the sq. canvas, as if unrelated to each other, unsettled and unsettling to the attention. "The Daughters" either affirms and defies conference, flouting the limits among portrait and style scene, formal composition and quickly cartoon or picture. Unveiled on the Paris Salon of 1883, it predated through simply years the scandal of "Madame X" and used to be itself characterised by way of one critic as "four corners and a void"; yet Henry James got here in the direction of the mark while he defined the painter as a "knock-down insolence of talent," for few of Sargent's works embrace the epithet in addition to "The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit." Drawing on various unpublished archival records, student Erica E. Hirshler excavates all elements of this iconic canvas, discussing not just its value as a piece of artwork but in addition the figures and occasions inquisitive about its making, its value for Sargent's profession, its position within the culture of inventive patronage and the myriad components that experience contributed to its lasting reputation and relevance. the result's a classy, philosophical and private journey de strength that would swap how you examine Sargent's paintings, and that either illuminates an iconic portray and reaffirms its smelly magnetism.

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Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History, Volume 1 (14th Edition)

By Fred S. Kleiner

The 14TH version of GARDNER'S artwork throughout the a while will give you a complete, beautifully-illustrated journey of the world's nice creative traditions! effortless to learn and comprehend, the fourteenth version of the main widely-read paintings heritage booklet within the English language keeps to adapt, supplying a wealthy cultural backdrop for every of the coated classes and geographical destinations, and incorporating new artists and artwork varieties -- all reproduced based on the top criteria of readability and colour constancy. an entire on-line setting, together with all photographs and an e-book, is usually to be had. the original Scale characteristic can assist you larger visualize the particular dimension of the works of art proven within the ebook. a brand new timeline inside every one bankruptcy, besides "The huge Picture" overviews on the finish of each bankruptcy, can help you overview for checks.

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The Young Leonardo: Art and Life in Fifteenth-Century Florence

By Larry J. Feinberg

Leonardo da Vinci is frequently offered because the "Transcendent Genius," faraway from or prior to his time. This ebook, besides the fact that, makes an attempt to appreciate him within the context of Renaissance Florence. Larry J. Feinberg explores Leonardo's origins and the start of his profession as an artist. whereas celebrating his many inventive achievements, the ebook illuminates his debt to different artists' works and his struggles to achieve and maintain patronage, in addition to his profession and private problems. Feinberg examines the diversity of Leonardo's pursuits, together with aerodynamics, anatomy, astronomy, botany, geology, hydraulics, optics, and battle know-how, to elucidate how the artist's large highbrow interest proficient his artwork. Situating the artist in the political, social, cultural, and inventive context of mid- and late-fifteenth-century Florence, Feinberg exhibits how this atmosphere motivated Leonardo's inventive output and laid the basis for the achievements of his mature works.

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