- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (September 13, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400076056
- ISBN-13: 978-1400076055
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Undressed Art: Why We Draw Paperback – September 13, 2005
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“Richly enjoyable. . . . Lucidly written, delightfully illustrated. Steinhart considers the phenomenon of drawing from practically every conceivable angle and the result is as stimulating as it is enlightening.”–Los Angeles Times
“Steinhart is one of those lucky writers who can’t help being entertaining, even when he’s making a serious inquiry. He reminds us that there is something ‘innate and human’ about the impulse to draw what we see. I wasn’t long into the book before I felt I was in the presence of a friend.” —Edward Sorel, The New York Times Book Review
“This rare, transcendent book . . . deserves to be part of the rarefied canon of nonfiction that ventures–gracefully, delightfully–far beyond its expected scope.” –The Plain Dealer
“Fascinating. . . . The overall effect of this engaged and engaging book is to make its lucky readers feel that only by picking up a pencil and drawing can we tap into ‘a repository of wisdom and energy, purpose and comfort’ that is larger than all of us.”–The Washington Post
About the Author
Peter Steinhart is a naturalist and a writer. For twelve years he was an editor and columnist at Audubon, and his work has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones and Sierra. He has twice been a finalist for a National Magazine Award, and his essays have been widely anthologized. He has published four books, the most recent of which is The Company of Wolves. He lives and draws in Palo Alto, California.
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I came upon the book as a result of having asked a well-regarded portrait artist why, at this point in her career, she had decided to pursue life drawing sessions again. Her response was to refer me to this book. Upon reading the work, I have a better appreciation of the place life studies hold in the continued development of the dedicated artist. An added benefit was the overview of the place the model holds in the whole process.
A great read!