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50 Artists You Should Know: From Giotto to Warhol (50 You Should Know) [Paperback]

Thomas Koster , Lars Roper
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22 Sep 2006 50 You Should Know
This vibrant reference guide profiles 50 major artists alongside their representative works. The entries are presented in an eye-catching format that includes brief biographies, time lines, and critical analyses. Additional information helps readers locate the artist's work online and in museums, a glossary of important terms, and sidebars highlighting relevant movements and techniques. Arranged chronologically, the selection of artists includes every major artistic movement and development since the Gothic period, giving readers a clear understanding of the evolution of the visual arts. Perfect for casual reading or easy reference, this accessible overview is a fun and practical art history lesson that everyone can enjoy.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (22 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791337165
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791337166
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 19.9 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Each artist is represented by several works and a lively and excellent critical analysis
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Thomas Koster has worked as a journalist, author, and editor. He heads an editorial office for lexical projects. Lars Roper has worked as a freelance author, travel writer, and exhibition curator. He is director of a foundation for educational projects.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
I have bought this book in a museum in London, initially as a gift but after having a read through it I bought another copy for myself! It's incredibly well written, well organized and i have recommended it and given it as a gift many times. It helps you recognize the main artists that you should know (as the book title indicates) and gives you a nice guideline of what else was happening at the same time.
Absolutely love it! Highly recommended, especially for someone who likes art, would like to know more about it, but doesn't really know where to start!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Collection of Important Art 4 April 2011
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a very nice collection of reproductions and information about some of the best Western artists form the past few centuries. Some of the included artists are: Giotto, Sandro Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt, William Turner, Francisco de Goya, Claude Monet, Marc Chagall, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and many others. Many of the artists are familiar household names, while I have personally never heard of many others that are included in this anthology. As in any such book the exact rankings or the importance of artists is debatable, but the overall impression that one gets from the list is that it is rather representative. Each artist is given about a page of biographical information, including the predominant style and themes that he or she employed. There are also several large formatted photographs of the most important works, and these tend to be the best part of this book. The book is overall artfully designed and would make a great gift or a coffee-table book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 50 Artists You Should Know 9 Oct 2010
A lovely book with some lovely examples of art work and the timelines were excellent to give an apreciation of their time in history. Some of the choices for the most important 50 were a little unexpected. I would have liked to have seen Gaugan, Rousseau, Degas and Delacroix amongst the list and also Vetriano. However I would recommend the book as a starting point to get an apreciation of art and to recognise different works. I bought it for my children so that they could find out a bit more about the artists of popular pictures that they had come across.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Useful 14 Mar 2011
This book provides an insightful and concise guide to major artists of the last millennium. It is written in an easy to understand yet critical style providing both analysis and a breakdown of artistic techniques. Helpful text boxes and timelines also help contextualises the artists' lives, their contemporaries and various invents and influences on their works. The book and binding itself is of a high quality. Full page illustrations of important works are provided in colour. This book is not just perfect for beginners to art looking to find a way in but also as a quick and useful reference for art-lovers and aficionados of all levels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars art in few words 24 Sep 2010
By emilia
I'm still reading it, but gee, that is really good book! gives you an insinght into art suitable for everyone, not only for art students! Brill!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An artbook for beginners 8 Sep 2012
By pia
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I was most pleased to recieve this introduction to some of the most famous artists ever. It was easy to read and had exactly the information about these artists that I could digest. Definitely a beginner book but that is where I am at at the moment. I would recommend it to anyone who needs an easy introduction to some of the big artists of our western civilisation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction 15 April 2014
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Very accessable, easy to brows and get into the subject. Context is everything when understanding what makes an artist worthy - and this does a pretty good job of generating interest. Its not intended to be in depth and thorough but most will people like it as an introduction
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