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Techniques of the Great Masters of Art (A QED book) Hardcover – 16 Jun 1997


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  • Hardcover: 541 pages
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books Inc.,U.S.; Reissue edition (16 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890098794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890098790
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 23.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 498,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Examines the artistic techniques of painters ranging from Giotto and Rembrandt to Paul Cezanne and David Hockney.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Other reviewers have given this book five stars and rightly so but I thought they didn't quite reveal how good it is.

Don't be put of by the words Great Masters in the title, it actually covers artists from the Old Masters (1300-1860) Impressionists (1860-1905) and Modern Masters (1905-1980). A hundred paintings, in colour, from seventy-seven artists are considered and each work gets the same treatment, for instance Roy Lichtenstein's 'Whaam!' gets two spreads. The first page has a small photo of the artist and about three hundred words regarding his painting technique, this text relates to seven small line drawings and captions revealing how he worked. The right-hand page has a picture of Whaam! and a preparatory black and white drawing, both have long captions. The next spread has four life size details of the painting (each with a simple thumbnail of the work to show where the detail comes from) and again long captions explaining techniques and the materials used.

It is the life size illustrations that, to me, make this book special. There are plenty of visual art history books, my favorite is the Phaidon series: 'The Art Book' bursting with whole page works of art but it is only when you can see a lifesize close-up of the work (plus a detailed caption) that things somehow start to fall into place and a greater appreciation is acquired. There is something special in looking at part of Henri Rousseau's 'The Dream' or Frank Stella's 'Hyena Stomp' and knowing that you're seeing part of the painting the same size as these artists created it.

Apart from looking at art techniques (and history) in a rather unusual way another reason I love this book is because it is beautifully designed and printed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 April 1998
Format: Hardcover
If you have ever walked right up next to a painting to look for the strokes -- whether Van Gogh's short three-dimensional lavings or the almost invisible thin applications of Dutch masters -- this is a book that will please you. One thing that's particularly fascinating about its focus is that it leads you into the mute physical processes of creation -- the things an artist's hand and wrist may know that can never be said in a letter or credo, no matter how articulate the painter. And the author has taken care to show exactly what he's talking about at each stage, with clear (and often considerably enlarged) illustrations from the canvases under discussion. It's a treat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lesley on 30 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book which gives you examples from 75 plus artists through the ages, and shows how each picture was built up and the colours and materials used. Inspirational for painters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ingeborg Rorbye on 6 Nov. 2013
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Having seen Waldemar Januzcak's very interesting programmes on impressionism, I bought the book 'Techniques of the Great Masters of Art' and even though I haven't made my way through it yet, I must say that it appears both informative and most interesting.
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