Art Books

"I am a great artist and I know it. It's because of what I am that I have endured so much suffering, so as to pursue my vocation (...) What upsets me the most is not so much the poverty as the things that perpetually get in the way of my art, which I cannot carry out the way I feel and which I would carry out if it weren't for the poverty that is like a straitjacket. You tell me I am wrong to stay away from the artistic center. No, I am right; I've known for a long time what I am doing and why I am doing it. My artistic center is in my brain and nowhere else, and I am strong because I am never thrown off-course by other people and because I do what is in me." (Paul Gauguin - The Writings of A Savage)

LEARN ABOUT PAINTING IN ORDER TO APPRECIATE IT BETTER...

  • "Art and Illusion: v. 6: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation" - E. H. Gombrich
  • "Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art" - James Hall
  • "Great Artists Explained" - Robert Cumming
  • "How to Read a Painting: Lessons from the Old Masters" - Patrick De Rynck
  • "Interpreting Art: Reflecting, Wondering, and Responding" - Terry Barrett
  • "Learning to Look at Paintings" - Mary Acton
  • "Modern European History (Palgrave Foundations)" - Roger Price
  • "Symbols and Allegories in Art (Guide to Imagery)" - Matilde Battistini
  • "Why Is That Art?: Aesthetics and Criticism of Contemporary Art" - Terry Barrett
  • "1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die" - Stephen Farthing

PAINTING EXPLAINED BY THOSE WHO BRING ARTWORKS TO LIFE...

  • "Concerning the Spiritual in Art" - Wassily Kandinsky
  • "Dali on modern art: The cuckolds of antiquated modern art" - Salvador Dali
  • "Diary of a Genius" - Salvador Dali
  • "The House of Life" -Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • "The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh" - Vincent van Gogh
  • "Magritte: Attempting the Impossible" - René Magritte & Siegfried Gohr
  • "Noa Noa: The Tahitian Journal" - Paul Gauguin
  • "Paul Klee on Modern Art: Introduction by Herbert Read" - P. Klee
  • "Picasso on Art: A Selection of Views" - Pablo Picasso & Dore Ashton
  • "Some comments on the art of Pierre Soulages" - George Levitine
  • "The Writings of a Savage" - Paul Gauguin

PAINTERS' BIOGRAPHIES & SOCIOLOGICAL STUDIES ON ART

  • "Berthe Morisot: The First Lady of Impressionism" - Margaret Shennan
  • "Botticelli" - Frank Zoellner
  • "Bouguereau" - Fronia E. Wissman
  • "Camille Claudel: A Life" - Odile Ayral-Clause
  • "Cezanne: Visions of a Great Painter" - Henri Lallemand
  • "Cezanne's Watercolors: Between Drawing and Painting" - Matthew Simms
  • "Claude Monet, 1840-1926: A feast for the eyes" - Karin Sagner
  • "Dali Dimension: Decoding the Mind of a Genius" - S. Marques, J. Ubeda & E. Pons
  • "Dali's Optical Illusions" - Dawn Ades
  • "Eminent Lives - Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles"  - Francine Prose
  • "Frida Kahlo: Painting Her Own Reality" - Christina Burrus
  • "Gauguin: The Quest for Paradise"  - Françoise Cachin
  • "Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors" - Olivier Berggruen
  • "J. W. Waterhouse" - Peter Trippi
  • "Lust for Life (Van Gogh)" - Irving Stone
  • "Magritte's Imagination" - Susan Goldman Rubin
  • "Manet: A Visionary Impressionist" - Henri Lallemand
  • "Marie Laurencin, Artist and Muse" - Heather McPherson
  • "Matisse and Picasso: The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship" - Jack Flam
  • "Matisse: From Color to Architecture" - René Percheron & Christian Brouder
  • "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling" - Ross King
  • "Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists" - collective
  • "My Life" - Marc Chagall
  • "Modigliani: The Melancholy Angel" - Marc Restellini
  • "Paul Klee: Painting Music (Pegasus)" - Hajo Duchting
  • "Picasso: Painting Against Time" - collective
  • "Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol" - Tony Scherman & David Dalton
  • "Portraits of Ingres" - G. Tinterow
  • "Power of Feminist Art" - Norma Broude
  • "Renoir, My Father (NYRB Classics)" - Jean Renoir
  • "Renoir, Painter of Happiness" - Gilles Neret
  • "Stranger on the Earth: A Psychological Biography of Vincent Van Gogh" - Albert J. Lubin
  • "The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo" - Irving Stone
  • "The Loggia of Raphael: A Vatican Art Treasure" - Nicole Dacos
  • "The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism" - Ross King
  • "The Painting of Modern Life : Paris in the Art of Manet" - T. J. Clark
  • "The Sistine Chapel : A New Vision" - Heinrich W. Pfeiffer
  • "The Stranger from Paradise: a Biography of William Blake" - G. E. Bentley Jr.
  • "The Women Impressionists: A Sourcebook" - Russell T. Clement
  • "Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice" - Frederick Ilchman
  • "Turner in his Time" - Andrew Wilton
  • "Van Gogh and Gauguin: Electric Arguments and Utopian Dreams" - collective
  • "Women Artists: An Illustrated History" - Nancy G. Heller

NOVELS AND OTHER BOOKS

  • "Art" - Yasmina Reza
  • "Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet" - Stephanie Cowell
  • "Dancing for Degas" - Kathryn Wagner
  • "Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake" - Northrop Frye
  • "Letters to Gala" - Paul Eluard
  • "Mademoiselle Victorine" - Debra Finerman
  • "The Botticelli Secret" - Marina Fiorato
  • "The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays" - Charles Baudelaire
  • "The Painter of Shanghai" - Jennifer Cody Epstein
  • "The Picture of Dorian Gray" - Oscar Wilde
  • "The Wayward Muse" - Elizabeth Hickey
  • "William Blake: The Complete Illuminated Books" - William Blake

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