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Inspiring Art Books

Updated on October 21, 2015

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."

PICASSO

Basic Art From Taschen books

De Chirico
De Chirico

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.

The Artists

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.

Modern Art

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:

Fauvism

Expressionism

Cubism

Futurism

Dada

Surrealism

Abstract Expressionism

Pop Art

Op Art

Minimalism

Conceptual Art

Performance Art

Environmental Art

Neo-Expressionism

Postmodernism

My Love Affair with Modern Art

Katharina Kuh

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.

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      Mim Art 5 years ago

      Thanks - a few new titles for me to look into! Great lens!

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      Işın Tuzcular 5 years ago from Istanbul

      @artbyrodriguez: Thanks:) Yes they are excellent as gift items.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I have art books that I received as gifts. They make a wonderful gift item. Very nice lens.

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      Işın Tuzcular 5 years ago from Istanbul

      @SusannaDuffy: Thanks. I feel that need very often:))) Art books are so interesting and beautiful...

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      Işın Tuzcular 5 years ago from Istanbul

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thanks:))

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      Işın Tuzcular 5 years ago from Istanbul

      @jupiter justice: thanks:)

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What a lovely page on art books. I feel an urgent n eed to buy some books on arts - at once!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Wonderful article! I love creating and reading about all kinds of art. :)

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      Işın Tuzcular 5 years ago from Istanbul

      @Morgannafay: Thank you:) It is nice to meet fellow art lovers.

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      Morgannafay 5 years ago

      Hello fellow art lover! I really enjoyed your art books lens, looking forward to reading more of your pages in the future. Your a wee bit older at the squidz than me, but I welcome you too! Wishing you the best of success! HUGS.

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      Işın Tuzcular 5 years ago from Istanbul

      @Brandi Bush: Thanks:)

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      Asher Socrates 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great job on squidoo success. Great lens!

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      Asher Socrates 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great job on squidoo success. Great lens!

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      Işın Tuzcular 5 years ago from Istanbul

      @anonymous: How nice:))) Do you paint too?

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I'm not artistic myself, but I have always enjoyed looking at art books! These look like they would be very interesting! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My father is an artist and I love that I was surrounded by art books all of my life

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      Işın Tuzcular 5 years ago from Istanbul

      @anonymous: Thanks:)

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      Işın Tuzcular 5 years ago from Istanbul

      @annieangel1: Thanks:)

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      Işın Tuzcular 5 years ago from Istanbul

      @Coreena Jolene: Same with me.I like museums very much:) Thanks..

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      Işın Tuzcular 5 years ago from Istanbul

      @flicker lm: thanks:)

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Your love of art surely shows in this article! Nice selection of books.

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      Great topic! Art in a book is a different experience then on the computer screen that most people are looking at these days. You can't beat a book with beautiful art in it. I can get lost for hours in an art museum. I love paintings of most types.

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      your passion shines through - well done

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I loved reading this and I bet you could paint if you wanted to, reading all about this made me want to go and do some painting, you put this together really well, I thoroughly enjoyed it.