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Have you ever looked at a painting by Holbein, or Titian, or Matisse, and wondered 'How was that done?' Taking a practical rather than a theoretical approach to appreciating art, this book tells the story that lies beneath the surface of the paintings and takes the reader on a journey that reveals how the end results were achieved. Along the way we find out about the complexities, dangers, successes and failures of the artist's search for brilliant colours, useful tools and effective techniques. Guided by artist and conservator Philippa Abrahams, we follow the history of art from the drawings of Michelangelo to the works of Jackson Pollock and David Hockney. The story is punctuated by changes in materials and techniques that enabled artists to work in different ways.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780711227569
ISBN-10: 071122756X
Format: Hardback
(270mm x 230mm x 23mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Philippa Abrahams

Trained at the Slade School of Fine Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art, Philippa Abrahams is an artist, conservator, museum education consultant and teacher, and an expert on historic art materials and painting and drawing techniques. She has contributed to several television and radio programmes, advising on techniques and materials and demonstrating the working methods of artists including Michelangelo, Titian, Seurat and Whistler. This is her first book. To visit Philippa Abrahams website click here