Inspiring Art Books
Art Books I Read
I have a passion for art, especially paintings. I would like to draw, paint but I am not very talented. So instead of being an artist, I became an art lover, an art observer. I like to visit museums, art galleries, read about art, artist.
In 2008 I enrolled an Art History class. For 3 years we studied classical and modern paintings. I read many art books during that time and I still buy and read books that interest me.
I wanted to share my passion for art and books I love with you in this hub.
Note: Intro image is the cover page of Taschen book about Picasso.
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Basic Art From Taschen books
Taschen books and Art Books as gifts
Books make excellent gifts. Here are some art books you can give to your friends as presents.
Taschen Art Books
Taschen Art books have high qualified pictures of paintings, give enough information and are cheaper than most of the other art books.
I bought a Monet, a De Chirico and a Gustav Klimt book from the Basic Art Series of Taschen books. I love their quality & price.
Art is so inspiring
My paintings are small but each one is an enigma.
To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere but once these barriers are broken it will enter the regions of childhood vision and dream.— One of my favorite painters De Chirico
Impressionist art is a style in which the artist captures the image of an object as someone would see it if they just caught a glimpse of it. They paint the pictures with a lot of color and most of their pictures are outdoor scenes. Their pictures are very bright and vibrant. The artists like to capture their images without detail but with bold colors. Some of the greatest impressionist artists were Edouard Manet, Camille Pissaro, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot and Pierre Auguste Renoir.
Manet influenced the development of impressionism. He painted everyday objects. Pissaro and Sisley painted the French countryside and river scenes. Degas enjoyed painting ballet dancers and horse races. Morisot painted women doing everyday things. Renoir loved to show the effect of sunlight on flowers and figures. Monet was interested in subtle changes in the atmosphere.
20th-century art - modern art - began with modernism in the late 19th century. Nineteenth-century movements of Post Impressionism and Art Nouveau led to the first twentieth-century art movements of Fauvism than many other movements followed.
The most Important Art Movements in 20th Century are:
My Love Affair with Modern Art
Do you like Modern Art?
It is harder to like a piece of Marcel Duchamp, than a classical work of art of Rembrant. The viewer has to work harder to understand the Modern Art work of pieces.
Katharina Kuh as a gallery owner, curator writes about her memories. In the Depression-era climate of the 1930s, interest in modern art was at an all-time low. But a courageous and visionary young woman-Katharine Kuh-defied the odds and opened a gallery in Chicago, where she exhibited such relatively unknown artists as Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Ansel Adams, Marc Chagall, and Alexander Calder, to name but a few. Not only did Kuh survive these rocky early years but most of the artists became increasingly famous. In 1954, the Art Institute of Chicago named her its first curator of modern painting and sculpture. Kuh's prestigious position at the museum led to friendships with Marcel Duchamp, Mark Rothko, Mies van der Rohe, and Edward Hopper.
In writing her memoir, she hoped to offer intimate portraits of these luminaries and contribute to a fuller understanding of their achievements. Her book also reveals how and why America became a major force in the world of contemporary art.