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HARDBACK editions of The New York Times Bestseller. Ross King's The
Judgment of Paris , The Revolutionary Decade That Gave The World
Impressionism. Sale priced at $6.95 (paperbacks list at $16.95) This
book is a revealing, rewarding, read for serious art students....I
highly recommend this book for our attention. Mr King here turns his
attention from architecture to art but, as in his earlier books, his aim
is the same: to describe and analyse the relationship between artists
and the world in which they live and work. This book has a second and
equally important aim: to discuss the conflict between 'traditional'
painting in nineteenth-century France and the new, 'impressionist',
One of our members, Don Dodrill, is recognized nationally as a master
watercolorist. Don’s book “The Transparent Touch” published by Watson
Guptill in 1989 is a wonderful resource and learning tool for anyone
interested in art and particularly watercolor. There are numerous color
illustrations of some of his many many paintings. Covered in the book
are sections on resource material, paper, wet in wet, color and light,
and specialized materials. You will recognize from the illustrations
many Central Ohio landmarks that Don painted over the years.
Don has been a member of WAAL for a number of years and teaches classes
in Watercolor locally.
Encyclopedia of Acrylic Techniques by Hazel Harrison.
Hazel has provided us with a book that some may describe as a mile wide
and an inch deep. By this I mean that it covers a myriad of topics
related to Acrylic Painting and how it can be used not only as a
solitary media but combined with other media. She covers using Acrylic
in the traditional methods and then delves into the unique. If you have
a special interest in Acrylic this is a great resource book. If you are
just interested in what it is that attracts some artists to the media of
Acrylic then this book may provide you with some of the answers.
Published by Sterling Publishing Company in 1994.
Memoirs of an Art Forgers Wife- Anne-Marie Stein
One of the greatest art forgers of all time, David Stein unloaded $2
million in fake masterpieces before he was finally exposed by Marc
Chagall. In this book his wife tells the entire story of their years
together on the French Riviera. David Stein who was working as a coutier
en peintures in Cannes, convinced Anne-Marie that he can dispose of more
art works in Paris.
They traveled to Biarritz, Bordeau, and Paris, all the while David was
creating (copying) the art of Picasso, Chagall, Braque, El Greco, Dufain,
Durain, Cocteau and others. He worked on tea aged paper, and hardened
the paint with a sunlamp, and then marketed them to unsuspecting
collectors and art dealers throughout Europe and the United States.
An interesting and entertaining narrative of a scoundrel of the art
world. Sometimes you will find yourself engrossed in the pace that this
fellow kept in producing a prodigious amount of fake art and the next
few pages you will be repulsed by someone having the gall to copy the
art of famous painters and then claiming it as genuine. He eventually
wound up in prison.
In today’s world of lousy television, this provides you with a couple of
evenings or art centered entertainment.
to The Impressionist Landscape, 1990, Bulfinch Press
By: Patty Lurie
On a bright March day in 1995 Pat and I took the train from Gare Saint-Lazare
in Paris to the suburban town of Louveciennes, a 25 minute train ride.
Upon leaving the train we spotted the ancient aqueduct that appears in
paintings by both Pissarro and Renoir. Walking a bit further we came to
a tiny village road that looks much the same as it did a century ago. We
stood on the spot where Sisley placed his easel in 1878 to paint Snow at
Louveciennes. We spoke to a lady who lives in a house that appears in
the painting. Later that day we continued our walk to the village of
Parc de Marly and sought out other venues painted by Sisley including
his views of the abreuvoir where centuries earlier the king’s horses had
We spent this delightful day aided by Patty Lurie’s superb guide to the
venues of the Impressionists titled A Guide to The Impressionist
Landscape published initially in 1990 and still available. Her book
makes it easy to find sites around Paris as well as in Normandy and
along the seacoast of the English Channel including Trouville and
Honfleur where we used the book again in 2002 on a tour of art history
sites in Normandy.
The unique feature of this guidebook is that the author provides
photographs of the locals as they appear today juxtaposed next to photos
of the original paintings. It is striking how easy it is to identify
buildings, walls and walkways, which in the 21st century often look much
as they did to the Impressionist painters. Today, however, viewscapes
often includes cell phone towers and power lines which Sisley and
Pissarro did not have to delete from their works. She also offers brief
doses of art history to accompany the photographs.
In 1995 the dollar was strong and this sort of travel was affordable.
Today with a weak dollar trading at a $1.40 for a single Euro this type
of travel is far more expensive so it is a delight to pull Patty Lurie’s
book from my shelf and to contemplate the incredible legacy of beautiful
art that has been left to us by the Impressionists. I heartily recommend
this small book to anyone contemplating a trip to France whether on a
747 or in their armchair.
By: Victoria Finlay
Published by Random House and available locally for $15
A natural history of the Palette, “COLOR”, was written giving a highly
detailed and rich story of the sources of the colors used by artists
through the ages. She crafted her book in a manner that any reader could
enjoy with interwoven tales of the means of creating colors from
substances both organic and inorganic.
Victoria’s travels to the far corners of the world provides the reader,
either artist or non-artists, a very readable story that rivals mystery
and suspense novels with its ability to hold your attention. It includes
some humor and pathos as it relates how and where we obtain the colors
we all enjoy.
What about mauve, malachite, madder, magenta, and Mayan blue? And that’s
just some of the M’s. A read through this book will give you a better
understanding of some of the obscure names of colors, their derivation,
and reason for existence, to say nothing of the more commonly used color
names such as cobalt blue, ultra-marine blue, indigo blue, cerulean blue
Chapters relating the source of the rainbow and all the colors within it
are developed in an organized manner so that the reader is stimulated to
turn to the next chapter to find out more and more.
Particular colors will of course have more meaning to some artists,
depending on their choice of favorites for their personal palette. None
are left out including white and black. Interesting anecdotes are
interwoven with technical facts to increase the readability of this
Some of the situations developed in her search for the sources of color
remind one of the sagas of Indiana Jones. She was a very brave lady,
diligently searching out each hue and chroma.
She begins the book by relating her experiences with color as a child,
and then after a few years of other endeavors, taking up her pilgrimage
to provide us with an excellent and very readable reference.
Moving from paint box color to color, Victoria covers the gamut.
Chapters on Ochre, Black and Brown, White, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green,
Blue, Indigo, and Violet, rival each other as “A Most Favorite”.
This is a book that probably should be on every artists bookshelf.