5 Best Art Books to Read While Snowed-in this Thanksgiving!

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Today, at least here in Seattle, a lot of us are enjoying a snow day. There are many things you can do to take advantage of these unexpected days off, including curling up by your fireplace (or fireplace DVD) and catching up on some good books. To help prepare you for the next time you’re snowed in, here is a list of 5 incredible Art Books that are sure to stimulate your mind and warm your creative soul:

1. Eadweard Muybridge, The Human and Animal Locomotive Photographs, Taschen: This book follows the life and work of English photographer Eadweard Muybridge, known for his pioneering visual studies of motion. Fantastic samples of his work and a great read!

2. Hiroshige’s Edo, Taschen: Be amazed by some of the greatest prints created in Japanese history, by the master of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Beautifully done and totally inspiring.

3. The Rothko Book: Tate Essential Artists Series: Learn about Mark Rothko’s life, creative process and inspirations in this well-written, easy to follow portrayal.

4. Postmodern Art: 1945-2008, Francesco Poli: Not sure what is meant by the term “postmodern art?” Learn all about it in this gorgeous volume which discusses postwar art movements in Europe and the US. Highly recommended.

5. The Rembrandt Book, Gary Schwartz: For a more classic read, explore this large format, lavishly illustrated volume of Rembrandt’s best work. Also touches on the debates over some his works’ authenticity.

Enjoy your holiday and stay warm!

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