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Spanning seven centuries, this selection of fifty iconic paintings offers readers a crash course in art history while presenting gorgeous colour reproductions that are a pleasure to contemplate.

About the Author

Kristina Lowis is an art historian at the Saatlichen Musee in Berlin.

Tamsin Pickeral spent her childhood summers in Ireland with her grandparents. She went on to study art and history of art, and lived for some time in Italy furthering her appreciation of the subject. She has travelled extensively through her life, and has recently returned to the UK after nine years spent living an unusual life on a cattle ranch in the US. She now resides in Norfolk, with her cowboy, where she continues to write about art and horses, two of her favourite topics.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (April 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791341987
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791341989
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 Paintings You Should Know, while highlighting 50 works of art, actually contains well over 50 paintings, including some of my favorites like Van Gogh's The Starry Night and Petunia No.2 by Georgia O'Keefe. Just as in 50 Artists You Should Know, this book is laid out chronologically. I find that the chronological approach is immensely helpful in learning when the various styles of painting occurred, and the timeline across the tops of the pages places this in the context of the artists' lives and famous world events.

Each of the 50 highlighted paintings is prominently featured on a left-hand page, while the facing page contains an image of the artist, along with a short timeline of his life, and a detailed description of the work. The information contained in these descriptions varies from painting to painting, but typically contains details such as the the inspiration behind the work, symbolism within it, where it hangs now, etc. It's almost like walking through an art museum with your own personal docent.

There is some overlap between this book and 50 Artists You Should Know, but there is just as much information to learn from both books. As with any art book, some paintings will appeal to most people, and some to very few. For instance, I can't say I particularly enjoy Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, and I don't believe I'll ever understand the popularity of works like Autumn Rhythm No. 30 by Jackson Pollock or Black Square by Kasimir Malevich. However, I do still appreciate that this book includes these, what I would deem, less-lovely works of art, as recognizing them is still essential to anyone who wishes to be educated in art appreciation.
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I'm an art teacher and I love this series of books for making warm ups for my art kids. It's generally a good short description of the artwork or artist with some interesting facts and good pictures. This isn't the book for someone looking for something really in depth stuff but if you just want a brief refresher they are great.
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I am no expert, but i am becoming pretty fluent:) in art so is my 2 year old daughter. GREAT book. Good quality pictures. I dont read it much yet, but we go thru names and some general info about each painting (artist) and surprisingly, out of many books on the shelf, she tends to choose this one for our evening read. I am definitely going to by some books of this series for us to explore.
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I love this book! I don't know a lot about art but wanted to learn about some of the more known works and artists. This book is packed full of facts and very easy to read. a great coffee table book that you can pick up and read a page every now and then. Highly recommend :)
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The title of this book suggests that it's for a popular audience, but the text fails to bring the paintings to life or help us look at them carefully. If you're looking for a lively, interesting look at art and art history (in the West), I'd recommend "The Annotated Mona Lisa."
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Saw this book in a book store and was able to look through it. The book is excellent and the price from Amazon is great!
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I got this book for my young granddaughter, so we could study these paints together. There are some duplicate paintings from The 50 Artists That You Should Know, but that was alright. I hope that she will enjoy this book all of her life. The seller got the book to us on time and in the condition described.
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Very straightforward, and I received what I expected from this book. Not disappointed at all, and I would recommend this book to anyone trying to learn more about art without any experience!
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