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Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications

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The art of portraiture approached its apex during the sixteenth century in Europe with the discovery of oil painting when the old masters developed and refined techniques that remain unsurpassed to this day. The ascendance of nonrepresentational art in the middle of the twentieth century displaced these venerable skills, especially in academic art circles. Fortunately for ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Watson-Guptill (first published 2010)
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Alyssa Greatbanks
Oct 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
I thought this one was going to be the best of the bunch, but it turned out to be less than that. The directions were very complicated and it provided few useful techniques.
Tara Lewis
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
There is some good information in here on colour and grisaille techniques, however don't be fooled by the exemplary portraits on the front and back covers. The examples inside are clearly not by the same artist and aren't that great. That was disappointing. It's useful for reminders if you are studying at ateliers but as an introduction, it would be too complicated without actually seeing what the author is writing about.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't like it. The cover isn't drawn by the author and the majority of art examples in here aren't, either. She goes into theory but there are much better books on this subject, like James Guerney's for example. There is no advice here that is special or revolutionary to be worth the hassle. A rather disappointing read all in all.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have always loved the way Barbara Kingsolver turns to nature to find the perfect metaphor for the situation her characters are facing. In this case it's flight behavior, obviously, driven by the combined effects of global warming, poverty, and an unsatisfying marriage. This novel is one of her best.
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not as great on portrait painting as I would have liked-the examples of portraits and the how-tos were not my favorite, or that masterfully done, but as an oil painting reference book it was great. It answered many questions about mediums, supports and technical stuff in a clear and updated way. Great to have in one volume.
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-shelf
The info presented in this book is very useful, there is just a lot of information to absorb. I think to really get the most out of the book one would need to actually spend some time practicing the things learnt to really make them stick. Probably to much info to retain by just reading alone without putting into practice what is read.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly amazing.
It's full of fascinating little tricks and written in such an elegant and neat style that some sentences I just read over and over again.
Obviously not a how-to-paint guidebook but the title refers already to that.
Simon Yoong
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good instructional book on portrait painting. Covers all the important areas, emphasises on glazing and building up tones. However, there a sharp difference in quality of the author's portraits and that of the others shown in the book.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent information, especially of technique and tools. Now to put it to use.
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