The Best Books to Learn More About Art

The Best Books to Learn More About Art - 701gallery

Here are some of our favourite books to learn more about art and art history.

The Story of Art

The Story of Art Book

This book has been a bestseller for decades and for good reason. It’s an introductory survey of the history of art from ancient times to the modern era. The author E.H Gombrich combines his knowledge, wisdom and love of the subject and presents it in an engaging and digestible way.

History of Modern Art

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This book by H. Arnason and Elizabeth Mansfield is a comprehensive overview of modern art from the mid-nineteenth century in Paris to the present day. It covers the major movements like Cubism, Dada, the Bauhaus, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art.

The Story of Art Without Men

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This one is a recent book by Katy Hessel, an art historian and founder of @thegreatwomenartists who guides us from the Renaissance to the present day with more than 300 works of art. It aims to highlight the many underrated and unknown women artists and showcases how women have shaped some of the most famous art movements.

Art that Changed the World

Art that changed the world book

An art encyclopedia that tells the story and gives readers a visual timeline of every major painting, art style and movement in chronological order from cave paintings to pop art and modern masterpieces. It also explains the social and cultural background of each period to give context on the influences and techniques.

Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers and the Rise of Contemporary Art

Boom:  Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art

This one is a fascinating and unparalleled look inside the business of Contemporary Art. Michael Shnayerson, a longtime contributing editor to Vanity Fair, takes us from the early days on 57th Street, to the rise of SoHo in the 60s, to the emergence of Chelsea as the hotbed of art galleries. He tells us the story of contemporary art through the people who supported and funded the likes of Jeff Koons, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and more.