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The joy of art

by David Piper

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Popular and large, The Joy of Art is an introduction to the world of art and most particularly the history of art. One of the great pleasures of life is to enjoy and appreciate paintings and the arts and if you are not a student in an art school or college, no better way to gain the knowledge and yardsticks to look with intelligence and insight is to read and learn from experts, This book is a pleasure as it covers a lot of ground with a light touch. It can be dipped into on a happy evening , and will be a point of reference. It is a large format book published by Spring, and hence awkward to hold. There are numerous colour illustrationa, It is not a text book but touches on key themes in art such as the Human Face, the Human figure, Life and work Life and Leisure, and various genres of painting such as still life, narrative art, landscapes, and animals. Christopher Cornford writes on the Language of paintings, Peter Owen covers materials and methods and a long final section by David Piper concentrates on art appreciation and looking at particular paintings. The tone and voice is authoritative and competent but it is not aimed at the expert . Piper was the Director of the National Portrait gallery and the Ashmolean and was Slade Professor of Fine Art in Oxford. He was knighted for his services to art in 1983. The book is richly illustrated and is a good compendium to the arts. It aims at the mass market and the print run must have been large. The focus is mainly on the traditional cannon of great European Art . There are many other rather similar books but I am ready to recommend this book because it is reliable and still worth reading . 3.5 stars ( )
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