Painting Techniques of the Masters: Painting Lessons from the Great Masters, Revised and Enlarged Edition

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Published in cooperation with the National Gallery of Art, and written by its Curator of Painting, this is an essential work for painters, teachers, students and art lovers who want to understand the methods by which great paintings have been created.

One hundred masterpieces from the National Gallery…each superbly reproduced in color, full page size…offer the reader unique lessons in painting techniques. Detailed captions, diagrams, and closeups of significant sections of every painting explore the specific methods the artists used to create each masterpiece, focusing on the function of line, three-dimensional form, space, color, design, brushwork, and technical procedures.

Practice exercises are included in many lessons to teach the reader to apply, and recognized, the varied techniques of the masters. The reader will find landscapes, seascapes, portraits, still lifes, and figures by the greatest masters of Western painting: Leonardo, Raphael, Botticelli, Titian, Goya, Velasquez, El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, Durer, Vermeer, Bruegel, Ingres, Poussin, Corot, Renoir, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, Courbet, Monet, Gauguin, Turner, Constable, Gainsborough, Homer and Picasso, all in one volume.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications; Revised & enlarged edition (January 1, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823038637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823038633
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds

Customer Reviews

A profound text allowed to languish out of print!!

50 people found this helpful.
 on September 29, 2001
By David Lovegrove
I am an artist who has persued the knowledge of classical drawing and painting, (as well as the joys of modern art)for at least a decade, and I believe that along with Robert Beverley Hales masterworks, this great book by Hereward Cooke is one of the most profound I have ever encountered.

This is an amazing book

15 people found this helpful.
 on May 31, 2006
By Wyota
I bought this book based on several recommendations that it is a “life changer.” Well, it may not be a life changer, but it sure changed my understanding of painting. It starts out with a brief but amazingly insightful discussion of principles (color, line, form, etc.) that influence paintings and their composition. The remainder of the book is page after page of quality images of master paintings where the author indicates and discusses how these principles were used. I’d rate this the best book of its type I have ever read. PS – The revised edition (1972) has more color plates and larger images than the earlier one (says the jacket).

Seeing Paint

11 people found this helpful.
 on March 29, 2006
By Woodshed
I have the original “Painting Lessons from the Great Master.” It is better for a number of reasons. For one thing it is larger. This is one of the truly good books on seeing and learning to paint. It is worth its weight in gold. J. Carter Brown doesn’t spout out alot of mumbo jumbo that intimidates the “I can’t draw a straight line’ crowd; which is all of us. He is enormously generous with his profound knowledge of art; not like so many pundit/curator types. I truly love this book. I have read it dozens of times, everytime learning something new. If you can get the older version – 1968!

A Great Book!

4 people found this helpful.
 on August 9, 2011
By SWPainter
I’ve read quite a few of these books about the Old Masters, but this one is really good! An elegant treatment of the topic, but not a how-to book either. If you’re looking for a how-to book, then look elswhere. Lester-Cook reviews some of the common techniques of the Old Master’s then presents a series of works by the masters and how they utilized the techniques. A great book!

Painting Techniques of the Masters

4 people found this helpful.
 on June 3, 2011
By Maren Phillips
Filled with all the hidden information you want to know about the work, fascinating insight and brilliant observations by author. Perfect text accompaniment to the prints.

Excellent Book!

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 14, 2013
By Barry Williams
This is an excellent book, even for us non-painters. Filled with great information. Also it came through better than described.

Five Stars

 on July 25, 2014
By william J Kropog
This is an excellent resource for art instructors on every level.

Five Stars

 on April 6, 2015
By Arthur Howard
A really brilliant education in what makes a great painting.

Best on painting ever

 on November 29, 2016
By Amazon Customer
The only textbook on painting . Best on painting ever.

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