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Art: The Way It Is 4 Sub Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0810919112
ISBN-10: 0810919117
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Published jointly by Prentice Hall and Harry N. Abrams Inc. This innovative volume taps into the knowledge of artistic concepts that readers already have as the basis for developing genuine insight and artistic appreciation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N Abrams; 4 Sub edition (April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810919117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810919112
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,442,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a budding artist I benefited from the Art the Way it Is in several ways; 1. the book introduced me to know how to look at a painting and learn from the artist; 2. when I visit a museum I can honestly appreciate the experience because of how the author explains the fundamentals, and 3. unlike other publications similar in subject, the book is not boring, nor is it so simple as to be insulting, the book takes care to explain details and uses many comparisons to demonstrate a point. As an artist the book has contributed to my own critique of my work. The book does not teach one how to critique one's work, however if one really takes in what the author is writing about other works it does inspire. Great book for art appreciation at your finger tips. I think the hardcopy of the book is the best buy.
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By A Customer on October 4, 2001
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Refreshingly free of obscure jargon, this discussion of the principles and elements of art is clear and understandable. Elements of the great works of art are explained through examples which will be familiar to most readers, so that comic strips and popular illustrations are discussed along with Michaelangelo and Rembrandt. Orderly and informative, and scholarly without resorting to snobbery, this book is an excellent introduction to art appreciation and the field of art.
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This book is so well written in its approach to what art really is it took my breath away. It cuts through the pretentiousness and the ego of the art world and tell us to get real. It is a book that inspires. I would recommend it to any art student across the globe.
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