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Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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Unless you study at a formal atelier like, say New York Academy or Grand Central Academy, chances are you'll run into a variety of methods and approaches when learning to paint and draw.
This book gives what I think is the best comprehensive overview for people who want to become accomplished "realist" or 'classical' painters - its definitely filled in a lot of gaps for me.
There is no shortage of information out there about painting...the problem is its not distilled - what this book gives you is the distilled wisdom of the author- an accomplished painter who runs a respected atelier.
For example there is a great book about artists materials -but its 900+ pages long (artist materials handbook) - its great to have that information but whittled down materials overview in this book is "useable".
Some other key points:
The quality of the reproductions is outstanding
examples are not only old masters but contemporary realists - and not just the author!
Highly recommended and I might add ,an outstanding value.
This book explains a lot, and then has exercises. The first exercise is to Di Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine", in black and white. Then you move up to doing studies in only warm and cool values. Why bother to apply color when the values aren't doing their job?
There are many gorgeous pictures, both of famous master paintings so you can examine their techniques, and student works, which are just as well done. If you want to paint realistically, get this book.
Anybody who has had any art training can do steps 1 & 2, it's examples of how to get from step 2 to step 4 that is needed. Detailed step by step examples are the very thing that any book with the words "Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice" should show. And neither Aristides book does.
On the plus side the books are lovely to look at and do have enough general information to be of value. But they should not be sold as a guide to studio practices unless they actually guide you through the practices.
I realize that no book can replace face to face instruction but for those of us that have neither the time, money, etc to attend an atelier then books/dvd's are the only option. Why can no one in the modern classical realism movement put out a good studio practices book?
It's hard to keep this review short because there's a lot to discuss, but to start I'll admit that I'm biased. I'm thankful that Juliette has taken the time to write it and I hope it goes into its tenth printing in the next two years. The near death of classical painting and drawing at the hands of "modern" art would have been an incalculable loss for western society, but somehow, reason and knowledge remained in the minds of a few, and classical art survived. Many of us recognized all along that it has value and have rejected the alternative, but the pressure to conform to creating the ephemeral and inferior art that society desired was too strong for many. This stunning volume confirms that classical art is coming back and Juliette has helped that process.
The book comprises four parts and nine chapters: Part 1) The Artists Studio - describes both historic and contemporary atelier practices; Part 2) Timeless Principals - covers composition, value, and color; Part 3) Timeless Practices - discusses the process, inspiration, and the muse; and finally section Part 4) Masterworks - beautiful images from some of the most important realist painters through out history and some contemporary masters.
The author covers processes or "choices" if you will, and most importantly, she conveys "thinking" about those processes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book! This is a great primer for us continual students in the classical style oil painting.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The book was recommended to me as having a chapter on still life composition. Page 19, paragraph 2 "Some of today's painters can render figures and objects as well as the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roena King
This book is an inspirational guide to painting realism. I haven't yet read it all the way through. But it covers excercises in painting monochromatic studies and working your way... Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Ridgway
A great book to enjoy reading, looking at the paintings, and spurring one on to improve one's painting.Published 6 months ago by Staunton
An awesome book that distills many elements of the classical approach to painting into a concise record of basic concepts. I have my students work from selected chapters.Published 6 months ago by William Waite