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A Short Book About Painting

by Andrew Marr

A Short Book About Painting Synopsis

In A Short Book About Painting, writer and broadcaster Andrew Marr tackles the subjects of inspiration, creativity, politics, beauty and form. How does the artist make good work? What constitutes good ? How important is technique - and the imagination? Following a serious stroke in 2013 that left him partially paralysed, Marr struggled with the physical rigours of painting using oils. This led to his wrestling with some of the very fundamental questions about painting as an art form in itself - and to interrogate himself daily about brushstrokes, colour balance, line and texture. Using his own work in progress as examples of failures, and examples of techniques from classical artists right up to the present day, Marr examines how the painter can improve and learn from his or her mistakes. Marr's provocative, political and instructive book is not just an essential resource for all amateur painters, it is a must-read for anyone fascinated by the creative process and the limits of human artistic achievement.

A Short Book About Painting Press Reviews

'A humble, amusing and unpretentious look at issues such as taste, creativity and beauty by a man who brings both his own enthusiasm to the table and his own refreshingly unpretentious insights as a part-time painter.' -- Michael Glover * Independent *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781849499934
Publication date: 2nd November 2017
Author: Andrew Marr
Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 144 pages
Categories: Painting & paintings,

About Andrew Marr

Andrew Marr has enjoyed a long career in political journalism, working for the Scotsman, the Independent, the Daily Express and the Observer, and as the BBC's Political Editor. He presents the weekly Andrew Marr Show on Sunday mornings on BBC1 and Start the Week on Radio 4. He has written numerous fiction and non-fiction books, and is the author of A Short Book About Drawing.

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