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The Art Book Paperback – 17 Apr 1997

4.4 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; mini format edition (17 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714836257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714836256
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.9 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An anthology crackling with visual energy'
The Times

'..as close to perfection as you'll get.'
The Bookseller

'Beautifully designed…revolutionary…a perfect present'
Good Book Guide

'Big, fun, well designed'
Wall Street Journal

'A great resource'
The Washingtonian

'Innovative'
Chicago Sun Times

'As a visual source book, its first class and gives you a quick tour of art history without necessarily leaving your chair. If art is a new interest, it's a great place to start but it will also be welcomed by regular gallery goers and students of art history.'
Brisbane News

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This compilation draws together the research and works of a broad selection of curators, critics, artists and academics.


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By A Customer on 20 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Only a fiver for all this information! The pictures are glorious and some of them are a revelation. Don't believe the bit about "no information" either: each picture has an informative caption describing the work, the artist, and their importance. There is also a useful glossary that doubles up as a concise history of art.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a well-informed book, thoroughly researched and beautifully laid out so one can leaf through it at random, letting one's eye linger over the many visual treats the book holds between its covers, or quickly flick through it in one go until a particular picture takes one's fancy. It mixes the well-known with the obscure, such as Roy Lichtenstein's In The Car (which has been an ad campaign favourite of companies on both sides of the Atlantic virtually since its 1963 creation) and Rene Magritte's Treachery Of Images (one of the artist's lesser-known but still very striking works). It is informative about each featured artist, giving a little biographical information, such as family background, when exactly in life the artist started painting, what their social circumstances were and how this affected their creative mindset, if at all. It is a very well-balanced book, giving equal space to the stars of the art world, such as Magritte and Da Vinci (it's a sign of the book's strength that Mona Lisa is just another highlight.) as it does to lesser-known artists, such as Lichtenstein. In each case, the painting, rather than the artist, is the star.
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By A Customer on 17 July 2004
Format: Paperback
The reason why i bought this book was as it was on my university book list. I'd passed the book many times in bookstores yet never stoped to look at it.
Now AM i GLAD it was on the list!
This book is a must have for any art student or anybody who has the slightest interest in art. It is easy to cross reference artists, it provides brief yet concise information upon the artist, their characteristic style, and to top it of a full colour image of a characteristic / typical piece of the artist.
Its size means it can be taken anywhere and will fit in your handbag :) and has kept me amused on many bus trips.
You must be crazy not to buy it at this price!
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Format: Paperback
In this book there are examples of every kind of art you can think of! It's majorly inspiring! If you ever thought you were not interested in any kind of art, I can assure you you'll find something you'll love. Just because its an art book doesn't mean to say you can put it down easily!
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Format: Paperback
Sadly the large editions of this series are just too expensive for my budget. What a great idea to bring out a small edition for about 1/3 of the price!
The pictures in the book are excellent, considering it's size. A wide range of genres are included. Most of the page taken up with full colour photograph with information above and below.
Although, of course, you do lose something with the pictures being smaller this is the same with any book of photos of art - they can ever compare to the real thing. But then that is not the intention of a book.
A must for any student studying Art, and anyone interested in looking at the art.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful and inspiring book to flick through. It is perfect coffee table material and great to dip into at odd moments. The quality of the paper is really good, as well as the reproductions of the art inside. This is a wonderful overview of some of the greatest art and artists that the world has seen. Simply stunning.

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Format: Paperback
I have many art books, but none as used and flipped through as this book.

It is easy to use as a reference book and would always be first on my list.

With great colour prints of Artists work, a brief history on each Artist and

an important example of each Artists' work.

It is a great book for students at an affordable price, and handy size.

GREAT BUY!!!!
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By A Customer on 13 April 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for people who like art(or even if you don't). There is nearly every artist you can think of, it's very informative and the paintings are beautiful. You can spend ages just flicking through it and the pages smell good too! Definitely worth buying.
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