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The Mind of the Artist Thoughts and Sayings of Painters and Sculptors on Their Art   By:

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"The Mind of the Artist" offers an insightful and enriching exploration into the thoughts and sayings of painters and sculptors on their art, making it a valuable resource for both artists and art enthusiasts alike. Edited by Cicely Margaret Powell Binyon, this compilation delves into the inner workings of some of the most influential minds in the art world, providing unique perspectives that shed light on the creative processes behind masterpieces.

One of the strongest aspects of this book is its wide-ranging selection of artists. Binyon brings together an impressive array of voices, including renowned figures such as Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo, as well as less familiar artists whose contributions are equally noteworthy. Through these diverse voices, readers gain access to a rich tapestry of artistic philosophies and insights, offering a nuanced understanding of the creative mind.

The book's organization is another laudable aspect. Binyon skillfully arranges the thoughts and sayings into thematic sections, allowing readers to navigate through different topics of interest. From discussions on color and form to reflections on the purpose and meaning of art, the various sections provide a comprehensive exploration of the artist's mindset. This structured approach enhances the accessibility and readability of the book, making it easy for readers to delve into specific areas of artistic interest.

Moreover, the book is enhanced by Binyon's thoughtful editorial approach. She seamlessly weaves together quotes from multiple artists, creating a coherent and engaging narrative that flows smoothly from one voice to another. Binyon's insightful commentary, interwoven throughout the compilation, provides additional context and analysis, enriching the overall reading experience.

One minor drawback of "The Mind of the Artist" is that it might benefit from a more inclusive representation of artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and time periods. While the selection is impressive, it would be intriguing to explore the perspectives of artists from different artistic traditions and regions of the world. Despite this, the book still manages to offer a comprehensive view of Western art history by including influential figures from various eras.

In conclusion, "The Mind of the Artist" is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the artistic process. Binyon's careful curation of thoughts and sayings from painters and sculptors offers a captivating glimpse into the inner workings of these creative minds. With its diverse selection of voices and well-structured organization, this book succeeds in providing a multifaceted exploration of art and the individuals behind it. Whether an aspiring artist or an art enthusiast, readers will find themselves inspired and enlightened by the profound insights revealed within these pages.

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It is always interesting and profitable to get the views of workmen on their work, and on the principles which guide them in it; and in bringing together these sayings of artists Mrs. Binyon has done a very useful thing. A great number of opinions are presented, which, in their points of agreement and disagreement, bring before us in the most charming way the wide range of the artist's thought, and enable us to realise that the work of the great ones is not founded on vague caprice or so called inspiration, but on sure intuitions which lead to definite knowledge; not merely the necessary knowledge of the craftsman, which many have possessed whose work has failed to hold the attention of the world, but also a knowledge of nature's laws.

"The Mind of the Artist" speaks for itself, and really requires no word of introduction. These opinions as a whole, seem to me to have a harmony and consistency, and to announce clearly that the directing impulse must be a desire for expression, that art is a language, and that the thing to be said is of more importance than the manner of saying it... Continue reading book >>

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