topic: Booklists

Living Craft, A Painter’s craft by Tad Spurgeon

An in depth study of materials in a very detailed and original handleing of subjects not normally covered. An absolute must for the academic artist. So refreshing to have a book of this caliber written in modern times. Sections upon mediums second to none! 371 pages

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The Artist’s Handbook of Material’s & Techniques Ralph Mayer. (The Artist’s Bible – Fifth edition).

This Artist’s Handbook has become an indispensable reference work for thousands of practicing artist all over the world. It gives information on the properties and uses for artists’ materials: pigments, oil painting, acrylics, tempera painting, grounds for oil and tempera paintings, watercolor and gouache, pastel, encaustic painting, mural painting, solvents and thinners, gums, casein, glues, […]

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The Artist’s Assistant (Oil Painting Instruction Manuals and Handbooks in Britain 1800-1900 With Reference to Selected Eighteenth-century Sources). Leslie Carlyle

The Artist’s Assistant is the first comprehensive and critical analysis of information on nineteenth-century artists materials. It is an invaluable resource not only for conservators and historians of art technology but also for artists, researchers and teachers who wish to work with authentic materials. 589 pages Available at The National Gallery (London) bookstore: £85.00

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Formulas for Painters, Robert Massey.

200 formulas for making paints, glazes, mediums, varnishes, grounds, fixatives, sizes, & adhesives for tempera, oil acrylics, gouache, pastel, encaustic, fresco, & other painting techniques. These recipes – some dating as far back as the Renaissance – have been tested by artists through the ages and retested by the author under controlled laboratory conditions. 223 […]

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The Materials of the Artist and their use in Painting, Max Doerner

This classic book on the craft of painting is the accepted authority on questions of materials and techniques. Max Doerner, drawing on over twenty-five years of teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, examines everything that the practicing artist might need to know about the preparation of painting surfaces, the creation of pigments, […]

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Painting Materials (a short encyclopedia) Rutherford J. Gettens and George L. Stout.

The combined training and experience of the authors of this classic in the varied activities of painting conservation, cultural research, chemistry, physics, and paint technology ideally suited them to the task they attempted. Their book written when they were both affiliated with the Department of Conversation at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, is not a handbook […]

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Artists’ Pigments (A Handbook of Their History and Characteristics) Robert L. Feller, Editor. National Gallery of Art, Washington.

For the practicing artist to learn a pigment’s colour, hiding power, lightfastness, toxicity, compatibility. For the art historian to know how an artist worked, what pigments were used, whether they were pure or mixed, opaque of transparent, layered or not. For the conservator to devise techniques necessary for care and conservation of works of art; […]

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