Gift Guide: Books for Artists/Art Lovers


Phew! We hosted our second Thanksgiving this year and even though it was much smaller than last year's, I was worn out by the time it was all said and done! I embarrassingly hit zombie mode right after pie, while my in-laws were still here! And when you need a break from the joyous holiday hustle and bustle to partake in sometimes equally joyous quietude, nothing quite does the trick like a book.

So I thought I'd share a few of my favorite art-related books in case you're looking for ideas for the artist in your life! (Though art supplies will always be welcome - just be sure to ask what their preferred brands for different supplies are. ;) )

The Monuments Men

This book has had a moment in the spotlight, and with good reason: it is wholly captivating, fascinating, and thrilling. There are moments of sadness and the brutalities of the worst of wars, but your artist will wait with bated breath to see whether or not the team succeeds in recovering the art lost in the salt mines. (Don't look it up - that's cheating!)

The Lady in Gold

The history of Gustav Klimt's painting overlaps with The Monuments Men - a painting stolen in war from a family in a glittering, golden, bygone era. Switching between the modern-day lawsuit to recover the painting and the Belle Epoque in which the painting was created, the story has a magical quality to it. I ended wanting to learn so much more about life in Austria right before the World Wars (in a good way!).

The Hare with Amber Eyes

Where do I even start with this once-in-a-lifetime book?? The author traces back the history of his family's collection of ceramic trinkets to the Belle Epoque, recounting and reclaiming the history of his family, as well. With surprises like finding his ancestor in a Renoir painting and detailed looks into the art trends of that era, enchantment is an inescapable reaction.

Creative Confidence

Wholly different than my other recommendations, but perhaps even more essential - and to a much broader category than just artists. Creative Confidence takes a brilliant, psychology-based look at what it takes to make your idea succeed, and succeed wildly. A must read.

Have you read any of these? What books would you recommend to artist friends? Leave a comment to let me know!

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