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Some of these books are currently out of print, but don't give up! There is still a possibility of finding them through Amazon.com.

"Still Life": by Norbert Schneider: Taschen,Cologne, 1994 Covers the period from the late middle ages to the 17th Century. Scholarly, and well illustrated. Check it out at Amazon.
'Chardin' : by Marianne Roland Michel

chardin book

Expensive, but far & away the best book on Chardin.

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Chardin : An Intimate Art (Discoveries (Abrams))
by Helene Prigent, Pierre Rosenberg , Pierre Rosenberg
chardin book

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Chardin
by Pierre Rosenberg


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"Fantin-Latour": by Michelle Verrier: Academy Editions, London, 1977 One of the few easy (ish) to find books on its subject, although currently out of print. Check it out at Amazon

(If you can't find a copy, check here at amazon.co.uk, who seem to have a books on Fantin-Latour)
"Fantin-Latour": Edward Lucie-Smith: Phaidon, Oxford, 1977 Out of print. A gem if you can find it. Check it out at Amazon.


(If you can't find a copy, check here at amazon.co.uk, who seem to have a books on Fantin-Latour)
doerner book : art techniques "The Materials of the Artist and Their Use in Painting, with Notes on the Techniques of the Old Masters": Max Doerner: Harcourt Brace: rev edn. 1984. A great classic: rich, absorbing, thorough, full of techniques and suggestions, never pedantic. Couldn't live without it. Check it out at Amazon.
art techniques - Mayer "The Artist's Handbook of Methods and Materials": Ralph Meyer: Viking Press 1991 The oft quoted technical 'Bible' for the artist. Personally I find it a little dry and sometimes uninspiring, though always reliable from a 'use and properties of materials' viewpoint. (If you're not careful he'll get you too paranoid about technical propriety to do any work at all.) But many, many artists swear by it. Or at it. Check it out at Amazon.
"Oil Painting Techniques and Materials": Harold Speed: Reprint,Dover, 1988 I was amazed to find this book in print. I have one of the original copies and assumed it was gone for good! Absolutely great stuff for anyone serious about 'old style' oil painting. Complete run-throughs of a portrait and a still life painting. First published 1924 Check it out at Amazon. Please be sure to read the 'readers reviews' of this book at Amazon. They reflect my experience exactly.
"The Practice and Science of Drawing": Harold Speed: Dover, reprint, 1980 As good as it's companion volume (see above). Check it out at Amazon.
"The Elements of Drawing": John Ruskin: Watson-Guptill A Victorian Classic, and valuable today, although few will now appreciate some of the Old Madman's sterner strictures! (Ruskin was the foremost art critic of his day, perhaps best known nowadays for sueing James Whistler for 'throwing a pot of paint in the public's face') You can learn more about Ruskin here Check it out at Amazon.
Ruskin - Art Book A distillation from Ruskin's many volumes of criticism. Enormously inspiring, enormously infuriating, quite brilliant. Check it out at Amazon.



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