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John Sloan on Drawing and Painting: The Gist of Art

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A highly regarded member of the Ashcan School of American painting, John Sloan (1871-1951) was also an influential teacher at New York's Art Students League. His dual experience as a realist painter and a graphics illustrator helped equip Sloan with the uncommon capacity to instruct students in both representational and abstract art. Now, with this illustrated, practical record of his teachings, readers can benefit from the depth and variety of Sloan's talks on art theory and practice.

Transcribed and edited by Helen Farr, a student whom Sloan later married, the discussions begin with observations on drawing as the basis of visual art, including considerations of line, tone, texture, light and shade, composition, design, space, perspective, and related issues. Later chapters deal with figure drawing, painting, landscape and mural painting, painting technique (gesso grounds, tempera, and glazing), etching, and other media (aquatint, lithography, and watercolor). Sloan's discussion of color in the chapter on oil painting is especially detailed, with notes on harmony, use of set palettes, underpainting and glazing, line work, and much more.

Each chapter features a wealth of helpful suggestions and recommended exercise, along with Sloan's personal opinions of Dürer, Rubens, El Greco, and other masters, and his insights into their work: "Go to the masters to learn how to draw and paint. Study them, particularly the work you don't like. That is the road to advancement, that is the way to learn. But get your impulse to work from life."

This invaluable summary of art theory and practice—by one of the great artists and teachers of the twentieth century—is enhanced with 46 illustrations, including 23 of Sloan's paintings, 8 photographs of the artist and his studio, and a number of line drawings and diagrams.

Dover (2000) republication of the work first published in 1939.

Synopsis:

A highly regarded member of the "Ashcan School" of American painting, John Sloan (1871-1951) was also a remarkable teacher who influenced many contemporary artists with his talks on art theory and practice at the Art Students League in New York. This book is an illustrated, practical record of Sloan's talks and instructional advice, transcribed and edited by his wife. Beginning with observations on drawing as the basis of visual art, Sloan discusses line, tone, texture, light and shade, composition, design, space, perspective, and related issues. Later chapters deal with figure drawing, painting, landscape and mural painting, painting technique, etching and other media. Each chapter features a wealth of helpful suggestions and exercises, along with Sloan's thought-provoking opinions. The text is enhanced with 46 illustrations, including 23 of Sloan's paintings and 8 photographs.

Synopsis:

This illustrated, practical record of talks and instructional advice by a member of the "Ashcan School" of American painting discusses line, tone, texture, light and shade, composition, design, space, perspective, related issues.

Synopsis:

This illustrated, practical record of talks and instructional advice by a member of the "Ashcan School" of American painting discusses line, tone, texture, light and shade, composition, design, space, perspective, related issues.

Table of Contents

CHRONOLOGY OF JOHN SLOAN

I POINT OF VIEW ABOUT LIFE

II POINT OF VIEW ABOUT TEACHING

    Remarks to new students

    The teacher's responsibility

    My contribution

III POINT OF VIEW ABOUT ART

    Aesthetic consumers

    You can't make a living at art

    Originality and imitation

    Know what you want to do

    Art and nature

IV THINGS-THE MAINSPRING OF ART

    The separation of form and color

    Things have bulk-Art has form; The archetype; The approach.

V DRAWING

    The attack

    Line

    Tone

    Texture

    Light and shade

    Observations and reminders

    Perspective

    Optical illusions

    Design

    Space

    Low relief

    Composition

    Crowds and places

    Purpose

    Criticism and taste

    Study

VI FIGURE DRAWING

    Anatomy

    Proportions

    Anatomical facts

    The pose

    Have the courage of your convictions

    The clothed figure

    Character and portraiture

VII PAINTING

    Form and color

    Color powers

    The color triangle

    Color composition

    Form and local color

    Color harmony and the use of set palettes

    Light and color

    Drawing for painting

    Underpainting and glazing

    Linework

    Quality of paint

    Figure painting

VIII LANDSCAPE AND MURAL

IX MEMORNDA

    A word to the aesthetic consumer

    Sundry suggestions

X NOTES ON PAINTING TECHNIQUE

    Gesso Grounds

    Tempera

    Glazing

XI "ETCHING, AND DIVERS MEDIUMS"

    Aquatints

    Lithography

    Water color

XII THE GIST OF IT ALL

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486409474
Author:
Sloan, John
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Art Instruction
Author:
Sloan, Bill
Author:
Sloan
Location:
Mineola, N.Y.
Subject:
Techniques
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Study & Teaching
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Graphic Arts
Subject:
Criticism - General
Subject:
Techniques - General
Subject:
John Sloan
Subject:
Drawing
Subject:
Painting
Subject:
Art-Theory and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Art Instruction
Series Volume:
#34
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.62 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A highly regarded member of the "Ashcan School" of American painting, John Sloan (1871-1951) was also a remarkable teacher who influenced many contemporary artists with his talks on art theory and practice at the Art Students League in New York. This book is an illustrated, practical record of Sloan's talks and instructional advice, transcribed and edited by his wife. Beginning with observations on drawing as the basis of visual art, Sloan discusses line, tone, texture, light and shade, composition, design, space, perspective, and related issues. Later chapters deal with figure drawing, painting, landscape and mural painting, painting technique, etching and other media. Each chapter features a wealth of helpful suggestions and exercises, along with Sloan's thought-provoking opinions. The text is enhanced with 46 illustrations, including 23 of Sloan's paintings and 8 photographs.
"Synopsis" by ,
This illustrated, practical record of talks and instructional advice by a member of the "Ashcan School" of American painting discusses line, tone, texture, light and shade, composition, design, space, perspective, related issues.
"Synopsis" by ,
This illustrated, practical record of talks and instructional advice by a member of the "Ashcan School" of American painting discusses line, tone, texture, light and shade, composition, design, space, perspective, related issues.
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