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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.; New edition edition (28 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823040976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823040971
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gregg Kreutz has won numerous honors as a student and professional painter. His paintings have been represented in many juried shows. Gregg is represented by the Fanny Garver Gallery as many others, including the Grand Central Galleries, New York, O'Brien's Art Emporium, and the Dirk Walker Gallery in Brimingham, Alabama. He teaches painting at Scottsdale (Arizona) Artists School, the Fechin Institute (New Mexico), and at the Art Students League in New York City where he lives.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M on 4 Nov 2006
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I happened on this book a few years ago and have almost worn it out with use. Mr Kreutz gives a very intellegent account of the problems of painting dramatic figurative pictures. The chapters are short with each of the technical points clearly explianed and illustrated. I would add that some of the pictures are delightfull.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Cromlechi on 5 Jun 2009
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By far the best book I have read on oil painting. It has been revelatory for me, full of useful insights and tips on how to be a better painter. It does not cover mechanical technique much so if you want to know about mixing colours or the intricacies of painting Alla Prima you will need to look else where. What it does do though is show you what makes a better painting and why some paintings do not look right or have much impact. I love this book I read a page every night and study the pictures, I am always learning something new.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Gerrard on 7 Dec 2005
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This is a book that the more advanced artist can learn a point from. To really learn from this book one really needs to closely examine the great examples of paintings in this book all by the author Gregg.
Gregg has introduced me to Chiroscuro still life, something that I never found quite so interesting or exciting until Gregg Kreutz showed us through from his viewpoint...That's what art is all about, in my opinion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Oct 2010
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This book is intended to help you develop your paintings to the next level.
All the demonstration pieces make sense and there plenty of examples of how to produce a better painting using your existing skills and style.
Whether it be advice on simplifying the background or adding detail in one area to change the balance of the picture all these tips are carefully illustrated.
If you are experienced or just beginning there are lots of ideas in this book which will make you a better painter by just looking at the picture differently.
This is one of my favourite books and I expect to be reading and re- reading it for a long time to come.
Unlike many other art books this one really delivers and is great value price wise as well.
Buy a copy you won't be disappointed.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Roger Cawkwell on 6 Sep 2008
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I must endorse all that has been said by previous reviewers: I have had this book for several years (before Amazon existed, probably!) and value it amongst my most helpful art books. Despite the title, it does not just help you to rescue pictures that are going badly but gives penetrating insights from a practising artist into how to paint exciting pictures. As has been noted, the illustrations are all excellent - a good artist is not always a good teacher and vice versa but Gregg Kurz excels at both tasks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By micoli on 5 Oct 2010
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An informative book broken down into simple sections for easy reference. Very useful and well written. The author looks at some of the more common problems that can be encountered when painting. It is mainly for oil painters but some sections are equally useful for other media.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SE STEVENSON on 4 Aug 2010
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For some reason I felt uncomfortable with the confrontation that all the images are by the author - it felt a bit like self publicity - BUT I cannot deny that Kreutz is a serious theoretician worthy of anybody's attention and withouth doubt he offers insight that not only gets through but lingers in the mind of the reader - insight is a rarity
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar 1999
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An intelligent, well-illustrated, course for intermediate/advanced oil painters who seek realism in their paintings. I would suspect that even a talented and successful painterly painter would benefit from a review.
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