Show the Artist in Your Life You Care with These Fantastic Books

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books-for-artistsIf there is a special artist in your life, then you may be well aware of the conundrum of gift-giving when it comes to a recipient with seemingly boundless creativity. One sure-fire way you can stimulate your artist with an experience to remember is to give the gift of written word – an art form in itself. Show the artist in your life you care with these fantastic books:

The Story of Art by E. H. Gombrich. There is perhaps no more definitive text on the birth, history, and evolution of art than this classic bestseller. This book is truly a must-have for any artist’s book shelf, and a great way for you to show your special artist how much you identify with the relevance of art.

The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci by Oxford World’s Classics. There’s no doubt that your special artist has spent many a daydream wondering what makes other great artists tick. This book takes you deep into the fascinating mind of history’s most loved great artist, inventor, thinker, philosopher, and engineer.

The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac. This classic short story has inspired such artists as Richard Hamilton and Paul Cézanne. This work of fiction (or is it?) was dedicated, simply, “to a lord.” The haunting story that lives between the pages, following an artist that is perpetually tortured over his need to achieve creative perfection in his works, is just as intriguing as is the dedication.

“Visual Thinking” by Rudolf Arnheim. Understanding the psychology of perception is key to understanding how art affects its viewers. This book, paired in a 35th year anniversary edition set with “Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye,” is the perfect gift for any artist who wants to gain insight into the power that art and aesthetics have over thought.

The Painted Word by Tom Wolffe. If it is wit and humor your artist is after, then this charming examination of the modern art world is sure to please. Written and published in 1975, in light of the then-booming pop art phenomenon, “The Painted Word” is just as relevant today as it was back then, and a wildly entertaining read on top of that.

Art/Work by Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber. Who says all artists are starving? If your special artist hopes to make a career out of a love of art, then this book is the perfect guide. Written by an art gallery owner and an art attorney, “Art/Work” offers practical guidelines for turning artistic talent into a profitable business.

There is no shortage of great books – in a variety of genres – for any type of artist. Draw from this list for your own gift-giving inspiration.

This is a guest post. Son Pestka loves art and loves to read. These fantastic books would make great gifts in addition to, or instead of, framed artwork and other pieces of art.

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