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50 Paintings You Should Know Paperback – April 25, 2009
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About the Author
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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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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Really good summary of some major artworks. Got it to refresh my art history knowledge. And to give my daughter some added knowledge when she starts art school in the fall.Published 3 months ago by JB
I truly enjoyed learning about these famous paintings! Great book!Published 20 months ago by kosi_930