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My favourite Books about Art

Пост обновлен 10 дек. 2018 г.



This is a list of books about art which influenced and inspired me. This list include only books I’ve read in English, which means they are from the most recent 3-4 years, as I didn’t know English before. The list only contains books on art, excluding fiction, which influences me a lot too, but it would a different and much longer list. Hope you can find inspiration and your next book to read!


“The Letters of Vincent van Gogh”


“Ways of Seeing”, “Portraits”, “Permanent Red”, John Berger


“The great image has no form or on the nonobject through painting”, Francois Julien


“Caspar David Friedrich and the Subject of Landscape”, Joseph Koerner


“In Praise of Shadows, essays on Japanese arthtetics”,  Jun'ichirō Tanizaki.


“On Photography”, “Against Interpretation”, “Regarding the Pain of Others”, Susan Sontag


“Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography”, Roland Barthes


“Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma”, Michael Peppiatt


“The Voices of Silence”, Malraux Andre


“The Artist's Guide to human anatomy”, Gottfried Bammes


“The Decisive Moment. Texts and photographs”, Cartier-Bresson


“The Photographer’s Eye”, John Szarkowski


“The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”, Walter Benjamin


“Concerning the spiritual in art”, Wassily Kandinsky


“Point and Line to Plane”, Wassily Kandinsky


“Silent Theater: The Art of Edward Hopper”, Walter Wells 


“Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation”, Gilles Deleuze


“Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud”, Martin Gayford


“Women, Art, and Art History: Gender and Feminist Analyses”, Griselda Pollock


“Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”, Linda Nochlin


“Iconostasis” Pavel Florensky


“Painting, photography, film”, László Moholy-Nagy


“Writings on form and design theory”, Paul Klee


“The Art of Color: the subjective experience and objective rationale of color”, Johannes Itten


“Design and form: the basic course at the Bauhaus”, Johannes Itten


“The Story of Art”, Gombrich 


“Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye”,  Rudolf Arnheim 


“Lives of the Artists: Giotto, Masaccio, Fra Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian”, Giorgio Vasari 


“Phenomenology of Perception”, Maurice Merleau-Ponty  


“Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of Ancient Egypt”, Wolfhart Westendorf


"The Photograph as Post-Industrial Object: An Essay on the Ontological Standing of Photographs”, Vilém Flusser


“Into the Universe of Technical Images”, Vilém Flusser

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