- 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 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art Spirit
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I'm returning this travesty and ordering an original 1960 paperback, available in a separate listing here at Amazon.
Henri takes the passionate, aesthetic, spiritual and philosophical aspects of creating art and manages to turn those into very practical lessons. Alternately he frames basic and practicable technique with energy and passion. Simply genius. I would have to rank this within the top couple of art texts I have ever read.
" 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!