Summary

"An essential, visually arresting reference for all art lovers, 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die takes an incisive new look at the world's best paintings. From Ancient Egyptian wallpaintings to contemporary Western canvases, this book is truly comprehensive in scope and beautiful as well. Within its pages you will see displayed 1001 of the most memorable, haunting, powerful, important, controversial, and arresting paintings that have ever been created. More than 400 twentieth and twenty-first-century paintings are reproduced in these pages, including newly discovered works from contemporary galleries." "Entertaining and informative text written by an international team of artists, curators, art critics, and art collectors illuminates both the paintings and the people who painted them. An insightful review accompanies a|beautiful reproduction of every painting-an enviable art collection to dip into whenever you please. Organized chronologically, you will discover fascinating and surprising juxtapositions as well as pleasing similarities as you turn the sumptuous pages. The paintings are also listed by artist and by title, making it easy to find a specific painting or trace the development of one painter's work." "With 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die you hold in your hand an invaluable visual guidebook to sensational paintings from around the world. Accompany Professor Stephen Farthing on his personal guided tour of the paintings everyone should strive to see in a lifetime. Many are easily accessible- in well-known galleries, such as the Louvre in Paris or MoMA in New York-while others reside across the far reaches of the globe."--BOOK JACKET.


From Ancient Egyptian frescoes to the Renaissance masters, from French Impressionists to American Abstract Expressionists, this highly browsable guide embraces all cultures and every style of painting from 4,000 BC to the present. A visually arresting reference for art lovers and students, it provides a truly comprehensive worldwide gazeteer of paintings organized chronologically by date of completion. Each entry includes the history of the painting, information about the artist or artistic movement, the current location of the painting (all are on view to the public), as well as other details. The works are also indexed by artist and by title, making for easy cross-referencing. Included are popular paintings, key works that are the most breathtaking for their extraordinary power and beauty, paintings that were turning points in the history of art, and rediscovered masterpieces, making1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Diean art museum in its own right.