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Books in the SRJC Libraries on oil painting relevant to the work of artist Caitlin Downing

Plein air painters of California, the northPlein Air Painters of California, the North

In this richly illustrated work, the editor has prepared an overview of Plein Air painters in Northern California. "Plein Air" refers to the artistic style of painting scenery outdoors. With an emphasis on artists from the Northern California region, the book includes several artist biographies along with examples of each artist’s work.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND1351.5 .W46 1986



George InnessGeorge Inness

As he surveys Inness' life and dramatically beautiful paintings, the author identifies various reasons for Inness' decline in critical fortune, from being considered the best landscape artist in America to being almost forgotten. Inness was largely self-taught and had little patience for the detail and labor of drawing and engraving. He loved, instead, the richness of paint and color, which he called the soul of painting, and believed that one painted, "not to imitate a fixed material condition, but to represent a living motion." Epileptic and prone to depression, Inness was inherently attuned to the beauty of shadows and stormy skies, as well as the mysterious, moody sweep of lush, stream-traced landscapes and autumn's golden light and sense of suspension and transition.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND237.I5 C54 1993


Edward HopperEdward Hopper

An extensive study on Hopper, which accompanies a major travelling exhibition and illuminates the life and work of one of America’s most celebrated artists. Illustrated with over 150 oils, watercolors, etchings and drawings with comments on their formal and technical characteristics, this exhibition’s catalog offers an updated critical interpretation of Edward Hopper’s work and an alternative view to the extensive literature that already exists on this artist. Also included are essays by several noted scholars, and an extensive chronology and bibliography. Perfect for casual perusing or serious study, this exploration of Edward Hopper’s work is certain to find a wide audience.

Doyle Library Call Number: N6537.H6 A4 2009


Facing Eden: 100 years of landscape art in the Bay area Facing Eden: 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area boasts one of the richest and most continuous traditions of landscape art in the entire country. Looking back over the past one hundred years, the contributors to this in-depth survey consider the diverse range of artists who have been influenced by the region's compelling union of water and land, peaks and valleys, and fog and sunlight. Paintings, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, landscape architecture, earthworks, conceptual art, and designs in city planning and architecture are all represented. The diversity reflects not just the glories of nature but also an exploration of what constitutes "landscape" in its broadest, most complete sense. Among the more than two hundred works of art are those by well-known artists and designers such as Bernard Maybeck, Diego Rivera, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Brown, Lawrence Halprin, and Christo.

Doyle and Mahoney Libraries Call Number: ND1351.5 .N29 1995

Spirit of place: contemporary landscape painting & the American tradition  Spirit of Place: Contemporary Landscape Painting & the American Tradition

This book is a survey of the American Objective painting tradition. The autho argues that there is an unbroken and strong Objectivist aesthetic thread from the artists of the 19th century Hudson River School to the Modernist Armory Show of 1913 and beyond. Many stunning large color plates accompany the scholarly but accessible and interesting text. Some of the artists covered include many American twentieth century masters: Andrew Wyeth, Fairfield Porter, Georgia O'Keefe, Grant Wood, Alexandre Hogue, Edward Hopper, Alex Katz, Wayne Thiebaud, Jack Beal.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND1351.6 .A78 1989


Giorgio MorandiGiorgio Morandi

Catalog of an exhibition held at Tate Modern, London, May 22-Aug. 12, 2001, and at Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Oct. 4, 2001-Jan. 6, 2002. This exhibition catalog brings together over forty paintings and a small group of works on paper of artist Giorgio Morandi. Although these span the artist’s career from his earliest metaphysical period in 1919 to his last works, made in the 1960s, the selection concentrates primarily on exploring themes within the works made after the Second World War. This period was his most productive and one in which his international reputation was established.

Doyle and Mahoney Libraries Call Number: ND623.M687 A4 2001


American light: the luminist movement, 1850-1875 : paintings, drawings, photographsAmerican Light: The Luminist Movement, 1850-1875: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs

While many people are familiar with the Hudson River "School" of art, fewer realize that out of that movement came the American Luminist movement of the mid 19th Century. While some of the Hudson River artists were also luminists, most of their landscapes are not. The Luminists generally painted smaller landscapes than the Hudson River School artists, they are always extremely peaceful scenes, often rather mono-tone in color, and most of all sublime.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND1351.5 .A46


The new acrylics: complete guide to the new generation of acrylic paints The New Acrylics: Complete Guide to the New Generation of Acrylic Paints

The acrylics of today have grown into the most adaptable art material of the modern age. Focusing on a popular art medium that has been around for over 50 years, this book illustrates how artists can create lush textures, color, and luster with the modern acrylics readily available in any art supply store. These are nontoxic, environmentally sound, and exist in the most dazzling array of chemical formats—from the most fluid to the highly viscous. Not only do artists paint with acrylics these days, they can create rich metallic effects, or even 3-dimensional sculptures. Traditional technique based books on acrylics cover traditional methods of painting.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND1535 .T385 2005