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FREE READ ë 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die ô From Ancient Egyptian frescoes to the Renaissance masters from French Impressionists to American Abstract Expressionists this highly browsable guide embraces all cultures and every style of painting from 4000 BC to the present A visually arresting reference for art loverFrom Ancient Egyptian frescoes to the Renaissance masters from French Impressionists to American Abstract Expressionists this highly browsable guide embraces all cultures and every style of painting from 4000 BC to the present A visually arresting reference for art lovers and students it provides a truly comprehensiv. The editors and contributors are clear this book is not an attempt to present to us a subjective list of the very best paintings in the world However it does attempt to offer a retrospective of the history of paintings That's a fine goal but there are problems1 The editor states that only hand painted work is included Thus wall paintings from Egyptian tombs are represented but we don't see a single pre historic cave painting for example and those in France and in other places are certainly among the paintings I'd most like to see2 Every single painting receives either A a full page with the painting on top and exactly half a page of notes below it or B pages are split and we see two paintings at the top with exactly a uarter page of notes for each painting The contributors go to great lengths to fill up their specifically allotted space for notes and these notes are often repetitious andor irrelevant3 Because all of the paintings are reduced in size it's impossible in some cases to find the details noted by the contributors That's very frustrating It's a nice fantasy that we're all going to seek out the paintings we love so that we can see them live but that's simply indeed a fantasy It's almost as if the contributor is saying to the reader I'm going to talk about something you can't possibly see here and it feels insultingBut on the plus side1 I found paintings I'd never seen that for me are simply stupendous For example Velazuez's Christ on the Cross is breathtaking Kurzweil's Woman in a Yellow Dress is simply beautiful Schiele's The Embrace is highly erotic and his techniue is one of a kind Durer's Self Portrait With Gloves presents to us a very handsome and oddly modern looking man dressed sumptuously it's as if we are looking at a rock star in a period costume Jansson's Ring Gymnast #2 positions a male body in a highly unusual position And Hoogstraten's interiors specifically The Slippers invite one in to look for the unseen people in the house There are some paintings I didn't particularly care for but I have no background in art education I can't tell the difference in neoexpressionism and just plain ol' expressionism but I do know about dots and drips and cubes2 The high uality Architectural Digest slickness of the pages is a joy to handle3 This is a great source to study the history of fashion and manners and of class struggles and of many great historical events I've never thought about the following previously but here goes for most of art history 999% of art is of people or landscapes or still lives that did exist or could very well have existed Then suddenly photography is invented and off we go into modern art Such a simple and obvious event took painting in a wonderful new directionAnd I've saved the best for last every word written about a painting is on the very same page as the painting itself if you've readperused a number of art books you know that you sometimes have to spend time finding the painting discussed than enjoying the painting itselfAll in all a fine introduction to the world of art I enjoyed it hence my three star rating

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E worldwide gazeteer of paintings organized chronologically by date of completion Each entry includes the history of the painting information about the artist or artistic movement the current location of the painting all are on view to the public as well as other details The works are also indexed by artist and by ti. When I go to an art museum I generally only look at the contemporarylate 20th century stuff and I first picked up this book to look at the same thing But I started glancing through the older paintings and realized how amazing some of them really were I thought if some of these paintings were just being made today they would still shake up the art world I became curious about the lives and stories behind these older paintings that I didn't know much about The book has your Leonardos and Mona Lisa's and the like but there are also lots of amazing paintings and painters that I have never seen or heard of The paintings are predominately by WesternEuropeanAmerican males but there are also many paintings from other parts of the world and paintings by women dating back to before you would have thought and they don't come across like tokens Some of the moderncontemporary choices seem a bit uestionable to me though Not necessarily the choice of artists though there are some gaps but the choice of the particular painting to represent that artist sometimes seems a bit off Great democratic layout and very well researched

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1001 Paintings You Must See Before You DieTle making for easy cross referencing Included are popular paintings key works that are the most breathtaking for their extraordinary power and beauty paintings that were turning points in the history of art and rediscovered masterpieces making 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die an art museum in its own right. This is an amazing collection of small reproductions one or two to a page each with a short history of the painter and comments about the painting It is unlike any other view of history seen through the eyes of recognized artists of every type of painting and world view The chronological order of the paintings provides the orientation needed to understand the passions of each age from the 1400s though part of the 2000s I'm flagging the paintings that strike me as inspiring or striking and there are than a few