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The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques

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First published in 1940, this is the fifth edition of Ralph Mayer's book. It is designed as a reference guide to the materials necessary for the modern artist. Techniques for watercolour, oil and acrylic painting are included.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt formsPainting & paintingsSport & HobbiesHandicrafts, decorative arts & craftsPainting & art manuals Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 16/09/1991 ISBN-13: 9780571143313  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Ralph Mayer (1895-1979) was a painter and art conservator. Educated as a chemical engineer, he worked in paint manufacture and studied painting at the Art Students League of New York before going on to teach at Columbia University. He founded the Artists Technical Research Institute in 1959. He is best known as the author of The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques (1940), which is still a point of reference for artists today, and he also wrote The Painter's Craft (1948) and A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques (1969).

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This book has been revised and expanded many times since the original publication in 1940. Arguably, it is the Artists' Bible for "materials & technique". But don't expect any pretty pictures: it's all text and technical tables, apart from some 70-odd graphs detailing "representative spectral curves of pigment", plus a handful of illustrations. The bulk of the 760 pages (including the index) is very much towards the painterly side of art: oils, acrylics, watercolurs, and so forth. There is precious little about sculptures' materials; in fact, this come under the section "Miscellaneous Notes". But apart from this bias, the book remains highly commendable.

- 05/09/2011
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