3 essential Art History books that I strongly suggest you to read
I'm my last post I talked about what changed my creative life and gave all the information I could about it... and it was a success! I had many people discussing and getting interested about learning. Which makes me really happy and gives me fuel to keep sharing anything that can help to get you more creative.
That said, I realised that is great idea to combine both sides of the same coin: Theory and Practice. For a period of my life I dedicated myself to study Art History and Theory, which I really love, and I completely neglected practicing drawing or painting. There's no particular reason for that and I was really busy on writing my final paper for getting my BFA degree at University. Later on, my knowledge led me to open an art gallery that you can see here.
If you ask me what what I think about getting a degree in an Art School, go back to the university, I would ask you if you have time for that. If you have go for it, I particularly love the academic atmosphere (but this is me). If you don't, you're not interested, or if life happened in a different way, it doesn't mean that you can't be an artist!
Anyway, to help you to build a stronger knowledge basis in Art here are my tips:
"The Story of Art", E.H. Gombrich: this is the first book I read about art when I was 17 and I keep going back to it! Great for beginners and easy to read. It covers almost everything in Art History, pretty much a classic.
"Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book By Artists and Critics" by Herschel B. Chipp: another book that I keep coming back to research about the artists - like Van Gogh, Matisse and Gauguin - ideas and inspirations. A great collection of letters, interview and notes.
"Styles, Schools and Movements" by Amy Dempsey: an excellent source book that lists all the Modern Era movements in a chronological way. It evens come with a graphic so you can see how many movements happened at the same time! I think the way she describes everything is priceless and, if you want to go deeper, every description comes with references.
There are many other sources that I check regularly, like magazines and websites. There are few other books that I find very important but the language can be very academic or difficult to read if you're a beginner. But, if you want to share your preferences or suggest me a book, feel free to drop me a line. :)