- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books (March 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465002633
- ISBN-13: 978-0465002634
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 225 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art Spirit
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About the Author
Robert Henri (1865-1929) was an American artist, teacher, and an outspoken advocate of modernism in painting. He is best known for his leadership of the group of realist painters known as "The Eight," later termed the Ashcan School. Henri was a devotee of realism and the usage of everyday city life as a subject matter. He taught at the Art Students League in New York from 1915-1928, and had a profound influence upon early 20th century painters such as Stuart Davis, Rockwell Kent, and Edward Hopper.
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This review is in reference to the trade edition with the picture of the child on the front: ISBN-13: 9788087888568 2013 by Stellar Books
" ART when really understood is the province of every human being.
It is simply a question of doing things, anything well. It is not an outside, extra thing.
When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for a better understanding. Where those who are not artisits are trying to close the book, he opens it, shows there are still more pages possible." (The Art Spirit, p. 15)
There a many fine books with pictures, illustrations, how to mix paints, set up your pallet, etc. This book is not one of those, but scattered among his philosophical inspiration are many pragmatic tips. I bought the book from Amazon recently to give to a relative who wondered if someone who was not an artist could learn to draw. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship!