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message 1: by Deborah (last edited Dec 11, 2016 05:05PM) (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments So, my 2016 challenge of increasing my Marine reading worked really, really well. My marine shelf blossomed from 3-4 measly books to over fifty and I had a great, diverse, inspirational years reading.

For 2017 I am going to try and use the same tactic for artwork. Other than reading, painting is one of my main hobbies but my Goodreads 'Art' shelf only has eight books on it!

So in 2017 I want to read more about art, I won't restrict myself to painting and drawing, sculpture or other creative arts should do as well but I'll stay away from performing art .

I have always liked fictionised or lightly written stories about famous artists, so more of them. History of art. Fiction where the main character is an artist... things like that.

It seems to me that it will be harder for me to find and slower to read this type of book than Marine books, especially if I end up with a lot of history books. As a target goal I'll try to make it to 40 new books on that shelf by this time next year.


message 2: by Kerri (new)

Kerri | 301 comments Great challenge Deborah. I recently read a book for another group that might interest you. Lisette's List


message 3: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 987 comments Sounds like fun Deborah. I had 3 on my list this year - two that I read and 1 I didn't quite get to, but will try to read in 2017. They were The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Cairo and The Goldfinch.


message 4: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 60278 comments Mod
Fictional art - I just finished The Florentine Bridge and the MC is an artist. It mightn't be your thing... but good luck with your challenge :)


message 5: by Sharon (new)

Sharon | 3548 comments Good luck, Deborah :)


message 6: by Kathryn (last edited Dec 11, 2016 11:35PM) (new)

Kathryn | 3169 comments Ironically, I've got some books on my shelf from the past 2 years where performing arts figure, but little regarding art, sculpture, drawing etc!!

I suspect that you aren't really interested in looking at artists' communities, Deborah, but in case I'm wrong, The Strays by Emily Bitto is set in an artists' community similar to Heide in Melbourne - home of the painter, John Reed.


message 7: by Kiera (new)

Kiera | 1137 comments This sounds fascinating. It's cool that you 'theme' your reading year.


message 8: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Wow, all these great recommendations! Thanks guys, I'll check them out next time I am on the computer.


message 9: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3169 comments I just remembered - the story of The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes revolves around a painting - however a lot of the story is not actually related to painting or art, but rather life in occupied France in the war.


message 10: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Thanks Kathryn. Incidentally, The Strays sounds like exactly the kind of book I would like. Early Australian art scenes are quite fascinating and the background behind how art was conceived or the environment in which it is made always interests me.


message 11: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3169 comments Deborah wrote: "Thanks Kathryn. Incidentally, The Strays sounds like exactly the kind of book I would like. Early Australian art scenes are quite fascinating and the background behind how art was conceived or the ..."

Excellent! Then I'm glad I mentioned it!


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Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Incidentally, If anyone happens to know of any good books about The Montsalvat community I would love to find them. My mother and godmother both knew a sculptor who lived and worked there called Matcham Skipper and I have always been sorry I never heard more of their stories while they were around to tell them.


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Kathryn | 3169 comments Have you checked out the Listopia lists, Deborah? I typed in "artists" and found some completely irrelevant lists, but also Art and Artists in Fiction, Art in Books, Fiction Books Involving Art, Books With Main Characters Who Are Artists, and Books About Women Artists.

I'm sure there's a lot of overlap, and like any lists, some books may be more appropriate than others... I didn't notice anything that obviously seemed to be about Montsalvat, although I found Montsalvat: The intimate story of an Australian artists' colony when I typed "Montsalvat" into the GR book search box... And if you haven't read it, I see the BCC library has it as a hard copy or as an e-book...


message 14: by Stef (new)

Stef Rozitis Good luck! This is a really interesting concept


message 15: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Kathryn wrote: "Have you checked out the Listopia lists, Deborah? I typed in "artists" and found some completely irrelevant lists, but also Art and Artists in Fiction, Art in Books, Fiction Books Involving Art, Bo..."

Just starting to research the options, actually and there do seem to be a lot of good books out there. I only decided what my focus for 2017 was going to be a day or two before I posted the challenge. And those are really good lists (have I really not read Girl with pearl earing? I was sure I had...) especially the Art and Artists in fiction, I think I'll be spoiled for choice :)


message 16: by Deborah (last edited Jan 03, 2017 03:55PM) (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Kathryn wrote: "Ironically, I've got some books on my shelf from the past 2 years where performing arts figure, but little regarding art, sculpture, drawing etc!!

I suspect that you aren't really interested in lo..."

The Strays

Finished it! That was a brilliant book Kathryn, thank you for recommending it.

review; https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 17: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3169 comments Deborah wrote: "Kathryn wrote: "Ironically, I've got some books on my shelf from the past 2 years where performing arts figure, but little regarding art, sculpture, drawing etc!!

I suspect that you aren't really ..."


Glad you enjoyed it, Deborah! And great review!


message 18: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Kerri wrote: "Great challenge Deborah. I recently read a book for another group that might interest you. Lisette's List"

Turns out this one is at the library - so I'll try to make this the next one :)


message 19: by Deborah (last edited Jan 10, 2017 04:46PM) (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments At the moment, I am reading The Irish Game A True Story of Art and Crime by Matthew Hart

It has been very interesting; it is a true story of artwork that was stolen from a collection in Ireland and as I was reading it I got the notion to download the images I was reading about and make them desktop images so that I could better imagine the paintings I was reading about. That has been VERY educational as at times it is a real trick to discover which "Rubens, Portrait of a Dominican Monk" or "Lavery, Portrait of Hazel" is the one in question.

Done!
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 20: by Deborah (last edited Feb 24, 2017 04:28AM) (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments The Strays by Emily Bitto and Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland have also been completed, good start I feel.

Review for Lisetts list; https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

I have found a pretty random book by/about an Aussie artist I am looking forward to once the February challenge is done My Brush With Depression

And the Feb. challenge includes The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier so I figure I am on target.


message 24: by Deborah (last edited Mar 22, 2017 03:40PM) (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt by Donna Tartt

Was not an unmitigated success, but, art-wise it had a few interesting points and I loved that she used real paintings rather than fictional ones.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Many thanks to Andrea for suggesting it; though I didn't actively love the book it was exactly the sort of thing I was looking for.


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Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier by Tracy Chevalier

Thoroughly enjoyable and very suited to the purpose, with it's descriptions of creating paints from pigments and raw ingredients, Griet's education on how to see colour, descriptions of Vermeer's paintings and living situation.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments I just finished Gould's Book Of Fish A Novel In Twelve Fish by Richard Flanagan by Richard Flanagan

Which sadly had very little real information about Gould, painting or the actual book of fish. Despite that, it inspired me to look at the paintings and so I'm counting it to the challenge.
Review
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 27: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Working through The Last Painting of Sara de Vos and loving it. This is exactly the thing I was looking for, it is heaps of fun to read and is giving me a nice education on Dutch golden age and baroque painters, especially women painters.


message 28: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3169 comments Deborah wrote: "Working through The Last Painting of Sara de Vos and loving it. This is exactly the thing I was looking for, it is heaps of fun to read and is giving me a nice education on Dutch go..."

I read this early this year and agree it was a great read. I loved the details of authentically recreating paintings from several centuries ago. And how some of the paints were created from edible ingredients!


message 29: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Yes, this was a great book!
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 30: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments One more down, a fictionised work, told point of view by the woman who was the symbolic subject for Andrew Wyeth's famous Christina's world painting... A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline by Christina Baker Kline

and
review
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach by Deborah Moggach
Two stars, and that is being generous as I did not finish it, ditching it at page 111

Review : https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Dear Merilyn by Barbra Leslie by Barbra Leslie

Amazing five star! Everything I hoped this reading challenge would be. It is a library book, but I think I will buy it, there is no other way to see this artwork again, I suspect.

review; https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World by Paul Robert Walker by Paul Robert Walker

Wow! I now know so much more about the Renaissance than I did before. I thought I knew what it was... This is a very niche part of the era to be fair, the two artists the book follows were the masters and teachers of the artists we more normally associate with the era.

Also, it is not a work of fiction, it is very heavy on historical accuracy, artistic mathematics and architecture, as one of the two main figures is an architect.

One would need a very strong interest in Italian history, architecture or art history to get through this tome. I am glad I read it.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Rembrandt by Greg Watts by Greg Watts

I was throughly impressed by the writing style in this one!

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments The Matisse Stories by A.S. Byatt by A.S. Byatt

This book perfectly fitted in with what I was trying to do with this challenge! Expanded my knowledge of art and famous artists which inspiring me with the content of the stories.

And I so nearly didn't buy it, because I am not a huge fan of short stories, they are too, well, short. And the author is a Booker prize winner, something that makes me automatically cautious. Anyway, loved it!

Review; https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments I finally got through one I have tried to read three or four times. Rembrandt's Whore

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 37: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments I probably would never had bought and read through this book if it were not for this challenge.Very glad I did!

The Way of the Painter by Dale Marsh byDale Marsh

Review; https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 38: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Also, just finished and reviewed Norman Lindsay The Embattled Olympian by John Hetherington by John Hetheringtonand as a companion volume the amazing kids book The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay by the artist himself.

Once again, I don't know when I would have got around to reading this if it were not for my 2017 challenge, so glad I did.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 39: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments When In Rome Chasing La Dolce Vita by Penelope Green

A fun book about a young Australian woman moving to Italy was an unexpected contributor to this challenge: Despite being in Italy (drool) Penelope is pretty indifferent to art, however she mentions an Australian Image 'The bather' by Max Dupain as being a quintessentially Australian Image. I had never heard of him or it. She actually got it wrong, (it is The Sunbather) nevertheless there was a contribution to my art education from a book. Hurrah


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Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Just finished a very formidable, non-fiction about the painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling:

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King by Ross King

Review https://www.goodreads.com/review/upda...


message 41: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3169 comments Hey Deborah, I've just started Where the Trees Were by Aussie author Inga Simpson and while art doesn't appear to be the main focus of the book, the contemporary part of the storyline follows a character working in an art gallery. I'm not sure whether it's the sort of thing you're looking for, but thought it was worth a mention!


message 42: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Thanks Kathryn, that actually is on my 'want to read' shelf. I read a review of it recently and thought it was very much my cup of tea - than you for the suggestion.


message 43: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3169 comments Deborah wrote: "Thanks Kathryn, that actually is on my 'want to read' shelf. I read a review of it recently and thought it was very much my cup of tea - than you for the suggestion."

I noticed it was on your TBR list, but I hadn't realised it involved art, so thought you might not have either. And now that I'm almost halfway through, references to art and conservation and techniques come into it more than I thought might be the case in the beginning... It's good, although not gripping.


message 44: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments good to know; I might try and see if I can get it through the library.


message 45: by Gathering (new)

Gathering Feather | 82 comments I love reading stories - fiction or nonfiction about art! Thanks for so many great suggestions!


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Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes by Jojo Moyes

Three stars. The art element was good, I liked 1916 but the 2006 often - well, I guess like the dating sites say when they are trying to put you off someone; "y'all have issues"

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 47: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Also, a sadly unfinished one David by Mary Hoffman by Mary Hoffman

Meant to be about Florence and the carving of Michelangelo's David from the perspective of the model, it suffered from too many historical inaccuracies for me. Also, while I generally like YA this was way to Y and not enough A for the subject matter.


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Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese by Laurie Lico Albanese

While it took me a bit of commitment to make it through, it was totally worth it for the amount I learned about the Viennese succession art movement in the 1800-1900's

review; https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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Kathryn | 3169 comments Deborah wrote: "Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese by Laurie Lico Albanese

While it took me a bit of commitment to make it through, it was totally worth it for the amount I learned about the Vienn..."


Thanks for the recommendation, Deborah - it sounds a bit like a movie that came out a couple of years ago... I think it was The Woman in Gold, or something along those lines, and I think the painting in question was one of Gustav Klimt's. I wonder if I can work it into a challenge next year somewhere...!


message 50: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1036 comments Kathryn wrote: "Deborah wrote: "Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese by Laurie Lico Albanese

While it took me a bit of commitment to make it through, it was totally worth it for the amount I learned..."


I do believe there was a movie! Not sure what it was called or whether the movie was from the book or not.


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