LITERAL – looking for a book for this Sunday, oh yeah that one. But then I saw another one. Oh no, this one! Ended up with not know which to choose, so here they are, two of my rows of most of my cherished art books. A mix of biographies and how-to books.
One Word Sunday
These two books are noteworthy in their approach showing the life of the artist.
Essays by Lynes, Phillips, and Woodward
Beyond the popular notions of each of these two, who were friends,
a painter and a photographer. Most people only know one side of
Georgia O’Keefe: her success. Here are the more sad and lonely parts of her life.
She is an icon in art, but could not go beyond her time in the role of a woman
and allowed herself to be emotionally abused by her head hunter- utterly sad (my opinion).
Have seen oodles of Ansel Adam’s work, because having been so many times
in Yosemite Nat. Park’s bookstore.
This was an eye opening book of Anna Suh, because it showed actual pics of part of his letters. Because I read Dutch (my language of origin), I could see how things in translation got lost or misinterpreted (like google does!), and he ends up being this weird person.
It revealed that Vincent was a very intense and compassionate person.
One example: he wanted to marry a prostitute, so she didn’t have to sell her body. His father, a pastor, threw him out of his church for that idea.
At that time there were no psychologists yet for him to learn how to deal adequately with his depression.Included, they probably thought he was also delusional, not recognizing his genius (no, not in science like Einstein, but when one is so far ahead of his time that next 2 centuries his groundbreaking work in painting light is still so popular, I would also call a genius).
About 40 min. from where I live. Am reposting this view from last week, since I did not link to Sunday Tree