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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (9 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500287473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500287477
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 1.6 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A breezily colourful introduction to the debates about realism, abstraction, idealism and ideology that motor today's art world'
-- ArtWorld

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J T on 17 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
Well I think "state of the art" gives a pretty good indication that this is not an instructive book on how to paint people - how it can be confused to be that as per the other review is beyond me. This is an intelligent selection of 69 artists which gives a valuable insight into approaches to the subject of the figure in contemporary painting - pretty much all the essential ones are there; Sasnal, Saville, Dumas, Havekost, Peyton, Mellor, Doig, etc etc....and a good few you've probably not come across yet, even if you think you're on the ball about such things. This is great for anyone who is interested in recent painting. And particularly recommended for the FIne Art degree student who paints the figure - both in an introduction to what's going on and for impressing your evil tutors with a list of names when they ask what artists you're looking at. Yes the write-ups are short but an image heavy book on art makes a nice change these days - and anyway they are insightful enough as an introduction and if you want to research someone's work in more detail then go ahead and do so - if you have interest in the subject then you would do that anyway! Oh, and "Vitamin P" is great also if you're into contemporary painting, so get that too.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Valery Koroshilov VINE VOICE on 29 Oct 2009
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A contemporary figure painting survey would greatly benefit from an introduction, as the publisher describes it, " to the debates about realism, abstraction, idealism and ideology". However, you will not find it in this book. What you will find instead - is a colourful mosaic of individual artist's approaches to the genre of Human Figure in contemporary practice, divided into several themes. The best presented chapter here, in my opinion, is The Human Condition. As an overview of the state of contemporary figure painting, "Painting People" is wide, well balanced, well illustrated, covers most of the themes, and reads really easy.

As a practicing figurative painter, I found this publication very useful, both as a reference book and a source of inspiration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Autumn's Breath on 29 Dec 2011
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I got this book as a gift from my art teacher. So I may be a little biased on rating this book
Firstly, this book is not teaching you how to paint people, it is a collection of different paintings of people.
Secondly, the paintings are not only portraits of single people but also of groups of people.
The book has 205 photos and the paintings are done in different styles.
I personally loved this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bythewall on 19 Sep 2012
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This is a marvellous book, showing you, as it says, just how painters are approaching painting people today. I bought Vitamin P last year which did the same for painting in general, but it's people that I love best. It's good for painters who want to understand the breadth of work that's going on and I've found it liberating in my own work. The descriptions and interpretations are good too - not boringly pretentious at all - hooray for that!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LRobe on 2 Mar 2011
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A brilliant book which kept me fascinated right to the end. Just the right amount of text to accompany loads of good-sized reproductions of interesting and inspirational paintings in a wide variety of styles. Not enough books like this around!
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