Art and Artists - Peter S. Ruckman
A series of seven essays covering the various "schools" of paintings, the artists themselves, and the art they produced.
This is a book on what can properly be called “art appreciation”. It comes from the unique perspective of an actual artist who has produced nearly a thousand works in a variety of mediums, including crayon, chalk, charcoal, pen and ink (black as well as coloured), pastels, watercolours, acrylics, and oils. The author has spent over 71 years studying and observing artists and illustrators. In this work, he gives a straightforward, down-to-earth evaluation of the actual talents and merits of the so-called “masters.” These “reviews” are based on true artistic standards of colour, light, shadow, perspective, composition, proportion, subject matter, etc.; and not on some news media bias that seeks to promote Roman Catholic, immoral, no-talent hacks. This book is one of the best, but most overlooked, works the author has ever written.