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Learning to Look: A Handbook for the Visual Arts

Taylor, Joshua C.

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ISBN 10: 0226791548 / ISBN 13: 9780226791548
Published by University of Chicago Press, 1987
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Size: Octavo (standard book size). 173 pp. Binding is tight, spine fully intact. Illustrator: colour & b/w plates. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Art & Design; #64914; ISBN: 0226791548. ISBN/EAN: 9780226791548. Library of Congress No: 80-26251. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: AC002645I. Bookseller Inventory # AC002645I

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Title: Learning to Look: A Handbook for the Visual ...

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Softcover

Illustrator: colour & b/w plates

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 5th printing.

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Sometimes seeing is more difficult for the student of art than believing. Taylor, in a book that has sold more than 300,000 copies since its original publication in 1957, has helped two generations of art students "learn to look."

This handy guide to the visual arts is designed to provide a comprehensive view of art, moving from the analytic study of specific works to a consideration of broad principles and technical matters. Forty-four carefully selected illustrations afford an excellent sampling of the wide range of experience awaiting the explorer.

The second edition of Learning to Look includes a new chapter on twentieth-century art. Taylor's thoughtful discussion of pure forms and our responses to them gives the reader a few useful starting points for looking at art that does not reproduce nature and for understanding the distance between contemporary figurative art and reality.

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Joshua C. Taylor is director of the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.

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