20 Famous Artist Books

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20 Famous Artist Books

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The following selections of 20 Famous Artist Books have been chosen based on the popularity of these fine artists. There are a ton of books out there, but these particular art publications contain large quantities of color plates and some even include essays and histories of the artists.

Picasso (Hardcover) by Philippe DagenPicasso (Hardcover) by Philippe Dagen

Spanish painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881–1973) continues to be one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He painted realism combined with expressionism. He was a co-founder of the Cubist movement. Picasso also incorporated collage and 3-dimensional objects into his artwork which was something new. One of his most famous pieces is a mural-sized oil painting, Guernica.

Van Gogh: Complete Works Hardcover by Rainer Metzger
Van Gogh: Complete Works Hardcover by Rainer Metzger

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is one the most popular painters in history. He lived a tragic life in poverty and madness only to take his own life after years of despair. Also, he was an ignored, unappreciated talent by the artworld’s standards at that time. Now his paintings are treasured and considered to be the beginning of the Impressionism movement.

M.C. Escher: His Life and Complete Graphic Work (Hardcover)M.C. Escher: His Life and Complete Graphic Work (Hardcover)

M.C. Escher never considered himself to be a good artist. Little did he know that his mathmatically-based masterpieces would be considered among the top prints and posters sold at many gift shops. Really the only way to understand his work is to buy this book!. One of his popular pieces is Drawing Hands.

Georgia O’Keeffe (Hardcover) – October 4, 2016 by Tanya Barson

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) was an influential woman known for her large paintings of flowers from the Southwest. This book belongs to be in the 20 Famous Artist Books list. Over 200 plates of her work and numerous essays about her make are included!

20 Famous Artist Books – Surrealism

Dalí: The Paintings (Hardcover) - May 15, 2013 by Robert DescharnesDalí: The Paintings (Hardcover) – May 15, 2013 by Robert Descharnes

Salvador Dali is considered by many to be the most successful Surrealistic painter in history. When he passed in 1989, he left behind a body of work unlike any other artist. Surrealists painted realistic but unusual renditions of everyday objects, or any subject. The 20 Famous Artist Books includes Dali who throughout his later work incorporated his wife, Gala, in many of his oil paintings. The Persistence of Memory is his best-known work.

Magritte: The Treachery of Images (Hardcover) – March 23, 2017

René Magritte (21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. Magritte’s Le Fils de L’Homme is one of his most recognized piece of artwork. This book is a treasure in the 20 Famous Artist Books which would look nice on that handsome bookcase of yours!

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Alphonse Mucha Hardcover – August 20, 2014 by Agnes Husslein-Arco

Embrace the Art Nouveau period with this Famous Artist Book. Alphonse Mucha (July 1860 – July 1939) painted beautiful decorative figural women during the flowing ornate Art Nouveau period (1890-2010). Customers will enjoy nearly 500 full-color illustrations. Perfect coffee table book!

Rembrandt: The Late Works (National Gallery London) Hardcover

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) is considered to be among the top visual artists of all time and the most important in Dutch art history. He is known best for his mastery of portraits and landscapes. His innovative style triggered important new genres. Rembrandt’s #7 Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar is considered as the best self-portrait ever created.

Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962-1987 (Hardcover)

Andy Warhol defines Pop Art which is why his work in included in the 20 Famous Artist Books list. He is best known for his Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962). Another one of his famous pieces is his portrayal of actress Marylin Monroe. This definitive collection of more than 1,700 prints — all in full color, is a must for any Pop Art enthusiast.

Gustav Klimt: Complete Paintings XXL (Hardcover) by Tobias Natter

Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter, one of the masters of modern European painting. Symbolism was a late 19th century art movement of French, Russian and Belgian origin. Klimt is also categorized as being an Art Nouveau artist. Klimt’s primary subject was the female body. During his “golden phase,” many of his paintings included actual gold leaf!

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Jackson Pollock (Hardcover) by Ellen G. Landau

Jackson Pollock (January 1912 – August 1956) was an American Abstract Expressionist. The painting Number 17A shows his most famous style. He developed drip painting and composed artwork on large canvases on his floor. These pieces are worth millions today. Pollock was a prominent New York figure of the 1940s and 1950s, but alcoholism led to his demise. This selection in the 20 Famous Artist Books was of print book has now been re-released. It includes undistorted fold outs of some of his larger pieces and is printed in 5 colors.

Paul Gauguin (Hardcover) – June 23, 2015 by Raphaël Bouvier

Paul Gauguin was an important artist in the post-Impressionism, Symbolist movement as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist, and writer. Gauguin was not appreciated until after his death. He is now recognized for his Synthetist style and use of color.

Vermeer: The Complete Works XXL (Hardcover) by Karl Schütz

Girl with a Pearl Earring is perhaps Johannes Vermeer‘s most recognized painting. Vermeer (1632-1675) was a top painter of the Dutch Golden Age due to his detailed brushstrokes and use of lighting to create the atmosphere of middle-class life. He used very expensive pigments and took great care in his portraitures. Get this complete catalog of Vermeer’s work which includes new photography of some of his work.

Degas: His Life and Works in 500 Images (Hardcover) by Jon Kear

Of the 20 Famous Artist Books, this collection is an illustrated exploration of the artist, Edgar Degas, his life and context with a gallery of 300 of his finest paintings and sculptures. Degas is considered to be a primary founder of the Impressionist movement, but he preferred to be called a realist. More than 50% of his paintings were of dancers. Here’s an example of one of his paintings, called The Ballet Class.


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Marc Chagall: The Lithographs. La Collection Sorlier. (Paperback) by Ulrike Gauss

Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985) was of Russian-French descent. He was an early Modernist who created works in many formats including paintings, stained glass, ceramics and prints. One art critic has labeled him as the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century.

This volume focuses on Chagall’s lithographs. All are included (approximately 1,050) and are accompanied by detailed commentaries. This is a great choice from the 20 Famous Artist Books.

Edvard Munch: 1863-1944 (Hardcover) – July 30, 2013

Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter (December 1863 – January 1944) whose intensely strong treatment of psychological themes greatly influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century. In 1893 Munch created his best known work, The Scream.

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Leonardo da Vinci: Complete Paintings and Drawings XL (Hardcover)

Leonardo da Vinci’s Artwork and Life are all in this hardcover.

Da Vinci is considered to be one of the most successful human beings ever! He was an architect, scientist, inventor, sculptor and a master painter as well. This massive volume of his paintings, writings, drawings, inventions and more comes with full-bleed detail of many paintings for a super close look at the painter’s brush strokes.

The Last Supper shows his mastery in this masterpiece from the late 15th-century. This mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most recognizable paintings in the world.

Michelangelo: Complete Works XL Series (Hardcover)

Michelangelo (1475–1564) created the most recognizable sculpture in history, David, which was placed at the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence, Italy in 1873. The sculpture stands 17 feet high and was created before Michelangelo was a mere 30 years old.

Between 1508-1512, Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling commissioned by Pope Julius II. Check out what the ceiling looks like after it was restored between The frescoes of the Sistine Chapel were restored between June 1980 and December 1999.

That said, this book is a sure hit for lovers of the High Renaissance period. Of the 20 Famous Artist Books, this volume contains a biographical essay, and a complete four-part inventory of his paintings, sculptures, buildings, and drawings.

Botticelli (Hardcover) – August 11, 2015 by Frank Zöllner

Sandro Botticelli was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance period. Botticelli’s best-known works are The Birth of Venus and Primavera.

This new edition celebrates the life of Botticelli by offering over 200 full-color illustrations presented in chronological order!

Raphael (Phaidon Classics) – April 20, 2015 (Hardcover) by W E Suida
Raphael (Phaidon Classics) – April 20, 2015 (Hardcover) by W E Suida

As one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance, Raphael (1438–1520) produced a wealth of masterpieces despite his death at the young age of 37, including Madonna of the Pinks and The School of Athens, a world-famous fresco. Of the 20 Famous Artist Books, this new Phaidon Classics volume contains full-color images and new introductions. Check out this wonderful artist!

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