The Artist's Eyes
Vision and the History of Art
Baker & Taylor
Two opthamologists examine the affect of vision and eye disease on art, analyzing the works of such great artists as Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keefe, Edgar Degas, James Thurber, Georges Seurat, and El Greco.
Giving new meaning to the term "visual arts", this book by two eye specialists offers detailed analysis of how and why artists follow their unique style, demonstrating how in some cases they wish to make the viewer see something a certain way, and in others, the way they themselves see influences how they paint. Some chapters describe the work of specific painters, including Van Gogh, Seurat, Degas, M.C. Escher, and Chuck Close, among others. Others describe certain visual effects, such as the use of light and shadow, or types of perspective. Based on thorough research into the artist's lives, including their medical and optical history, as well as the authors' own expertise in vision and optical health and disease, this is a fascinating work, one that will enthrall readers and change how they view art. The book is published in an oversized format (9.25x11.25") and is heavily illustrated in color. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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