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This page contains list of links to free downloadable painting e-books. It includes links to sites which allow online reading, and sites which provide download. Each downloadable e-book link has a short review with a description. All the e-books within the link site are legal downloadable free e-books.
A Text-Book of the History of Painting
By John C. Van Dyke
Publisher: Longmans, Green and Co 1904
This textbook provides concise teachable history of painting for class-room use in schools and colleges. In treating of individual painters it has been thought best to give a short critical estimate of the man and his rank among the painters of his time rather than the detailed facts of his life.
Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning
By S. S. Van Dine
Publisher: Dodd, Mead 1922
This book inquires first into the function and psychology of all great art, and endeavors to define those elements which make for genuine worth in painting. Next it attempts to explain both the basic and superficial differences between ancient and modern art and to point out, as minutely as space will permit, the superiority of the new methods over the old.
Great Masters in Painting: Rembrandt van Rijn
By Malcolm Bell
Publisher: George Bell & Sons 1901
Rembrandt van Rijn was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period that historians call the Dutch Golden Age.
Best of Farshchian
By Papak (2008)
Mahmoud Farshchian (January 24, 1930-) is a world renowned master of Persian painting and miniatures. He was born in the city of Isfahan in Iran (Persia), a place famed for its art and artists, and it was here where he started to learn art and painting. His masterpieces have been hosted by several museums and exhibitions worldwide. He’s the most prominent modernizer of the field of miniatures, an art form which was first established in China and later spread along Persia and other Middle Eastern countries.
by George B. Bridgman
Publisher: Pelham, N.Y. 1920
Learn how to draw the human figure with the practical and effective method made famous by a leading art instructor. Bridgman first simplifies complex anatomy problems into simple structures before exploring the muscle patterns into more complex detail. This allows the artist to see the particular anatomy problem as a proportional mass rather than a complex network of muscle fibers.
SUMI-E: An Introduction to Ink Painting
By Nanae Momiyama
Publisher: Japan Society 1966
Sumi-e, or ink and brush painting, must be discussed in terms of the religion and philosophy it expresses. Originating in China, sumi-e was the art of Zen priests, by whom it was introduced into and practiced in Japan. Sumi-e is thus an expression of Zen Buddhism, a religion of extreme self-discipline, concentration, detachment, and contemplation.
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