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In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art
In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art
"The book about early 20th Century Parisian art that I've always wanted to read, but couldn't because no one had written it yet."
Chuck Close: Life
Chuck Close: Life
"If you don't enjoy this read there's no hope for you."
Jackson Pollock: An American Saga
Jackson Pollock: An American Saga
"If you've read the de Koonig biography this one about Pollock's practically mandatory."
de Kooning: An American Master
de Kooning: An American Master
"How can anyone drink so much and live?"
Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art
Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art
"Now I understand."
Grant Wood: A Life
Grant Wood: A Life
"How much wood would Grant Wood grant if Grant Wood could grant wood?"
Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State
Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State
"Astonishing."
The Art of Peter Max
The Art of Peter Max
"Maybe it's Low Art. Maybe it's High Kitsch. But I like it."
The Shock of the New: The Hundred-Year History of Modern Art: Its Rise, Its Dazzling Achievement, It's Fall
The Shock of the New: The Hundred-Year History of Modern Art: Its Rise, Its Dazzling Achievement, It's Fall
"This accompanied a multi-part PBS broadcast. Too bad the series isn't on DVD."
A little yes and a big no;: The autobiography of George Grosz
A little yes and a big no;: The autobiography of George Grosz
"Excellent walk-through of Germany's Between-The-Wars art scene."
The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
"The Belle Epoche: When people thought art worth rioting about."
The Private Lives of the Impressionists
The Private Lives of the Impressionists
"This one's a natural follow-on if the Ross King book leaves you wanting more."
Post-Impressionism: From Van Gogh to Gauguin
Post-Impressionism: From Van Gogh to Gauguin
"The best Post-Impressionist read, bar none."
The symbolic language of Vincent van Gogh
The symbolic language of Vincent van Gogh
"A strange and powerful revelation about the meaning of Van Gogh's paintings."
Life with Picasso
Life with Picasso
"Absorbing fly-on-the-wall perspective, written by someone who should know."
A Life of Picasso, Volume I: 1881-1906
A Life of Picasso, Volume I: 1881-1906
"The best Picasso read I've met. (Skip Vols. 2 & 3.)"
Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography
Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography
"How NOT to treat your wife."
A Passion for Wings: Aviation and the Western Imagination, 1908-1918
A Passion for Wings: Aviation and the Western Imagination, 1908-1918
"Is it about airplanes? Is it about art? Only you can decide."
The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia
The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia
"What's the difference between the best and the worst of Socialist Realism?"
Fake! The Story of Elmyr De Hory, the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time
Fake! The Story of Elmyr De Hory, the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time
"Truth is stranger than fiction, and the world of forgery is stranger still."
The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern
The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern
"The best short (emphasis on short) art history survey out there."
Je Suis Le Cahier: The Sketchbooks of Picasso
Je Suis Le Cahier: The Sketchbooks of Picasso
"As close to a 'behind-the-scenes' look at the workings of the artist's mind as you're likely to get."