Today I’d like to introduce you to a few of the books that I always keep close by and that are dear to me. No need to emphasize that these are only additional materials to the ones requested in our Drawing manual.
- “To Paint is to Love again” – a testimony of Henry Miller discovering a new way of expressing himself, through painting… at an advanced age.
- “Concerning Spiritual in Art” – by Wassily Kandinsky.
- “Growing Pains” – Wanda Gag’s self thought journey to drawing… and through obstacles and poverty.
- “Les couples mythiques de l’art” by Alain Vircondelet, Beaux Arts Editions 2011, ISBN 978-2-84278-855-1 (I always like to “pry” into artists’ lives and understand their daily working mechanisms and the implications that have on their creations).
- “D’Art D’Art!” is a series of 3 volumes, which corresponds to a very well known TV show on the French Television. It actually depicts works of art and explanations about their authors and about the oeuvre’s making itself.
- Any book about rocks and minerals: I’m always surprised by their beautiful natural colors.
- Late Umberto Eco’s “Histoire de la laideur” (History of Ugliness in Painting) – we always seek beauty. Why not look the other way around too?
- Taschen’s “Book of Symbols” – simply fascinated by the evolution of symbols through time and cultures. It might prove more than useful in drawing.
- “1000 Dessins de Génie” (1000 Genius Drawings) – ISBN 978-1-78160-802-9 (no need to state its usefulness).
- “The Bird King and Other Sketches” by Shaun Tan- Windy Hollow Books 2010, Australia. In 2011 he won the Oscar for the best short animation movie “The Lost Thing” (www.shauntan.net). His drawings are in the same time weird, out of time and space but nevertheless very touching and detailed. Thus very inspiring to me…
- Last but not least, an encyclopaedia of Italian Painting, a book that followed and fascinated me since I was very young and that I used to browse on a regular basis, even if I did understand not one bit of art at that time.
I hope you will find some of them interesting and useful.
PS: And there are others. To be continued in due time… Generally you can find all my various artistic interests grouped as best as I could on my Pintrest page .