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If you are at all serious about being an artist, this book is still germane to the craft. Carefully thought out, practical, yet philosophical, it is well worth reading, even if the syntax is slightly out-dated. There are some truths about art, theories about composition and color values and perspective, that have not changed since the cave paintings. These theories have survived fads and styles, just as Harrison Birge's wisdom has survived. I was encouraged, instructed, enlightened. I made copious notes as if taking a class, which was the intent of the original lectures. Birge was a natural teacher. Definitely recommend!