Wadsworth Atheneum

ARTISTS: THEIR LIVES AND WORKS

Artists have always been something of an enigma. What makes them paint, draw, or sculpt? How do they create their works of art and what makes them successful? This book answers these questions by delving into the fascinating lives of major painters and sculptors.

Featuring many of the landmarks of art history, this beautifully illustrated book profiles more than 80 celebrated artists, from the early Renaissance, when painting and sculpture became naturalistic and artists tried to convey perspective, to modern art, in which traditional techniques are often flouted. It follows the twists and turns of artists' lives, setting them in the context of their times. And it reveals how passions, personal tragedies, wars, religion, and patronage affected each individual's work.

This book traces how the work of each artist evolved, analyzing key works to help convey the artist's vision and method of working, be it slow, painstaking attention to detail or literally throwing paint at the canvas. It explains the impact of new materials and advances in scientific knowledge, and shows how exciting new styles of art emerged.

With stunning artworks and photographs, insightful commentary, and expert analysis, Artists: Their Lives and Works investigates what makes some artists great, and reveals the hidden stories behind their masterpieces.

Details: Edited by DK Publishing

published 2017, 360 pages, hardcover

 

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