The undressed art: why we draw
We all draw as children: we scrawl a sunbeamed circle for a face and dots for eyes, and then we move on to portraits of Mom with an upside-down U for hair and Dad with trousers up to his armpits. But sooner or later, almost everyone stops. In this delightful, revelatory book, Peter Steinhart explores why some of us keep on drawingand what happens when we do. Combining the scientific, the historical, the anecdotal and the personal with marvelous ease, Steinhart asks some provocative questions: Why do drawings often speak to us more eloquently than paintings? What is the mind doing when we draw? Why is so much drawing of the face and of the nude figure? What is the dynamic between a clothed artist and a naked model? Steinhart makes clear that, at its best, drawing is a spontaneous expression of what we see, an "undressed art" unencumbered by affectation or calculated fashion. And he reveals its many rewards: it helps us to focus, to slow down, and to really see the world and ourselves. At once erudite and engaging,The Undressed Artilluminates the allures and joys of a familiar artand inspires us to pick up a pencil and draw.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - drbrendan - LibraryThing
Peter Steinhart wrote a comprehensive review of nude Drawing classes (NDC). It is a classic. He discusses the character of NDC from many perspectives with depth and intelligence. Read full review
The undressed art: why we drawUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
In this meditation on the meaning of drawing (primarily figure drawing from the nude), naturalist/journalist Steinhart brings a measure of science to understanding the perceptions and actions that ... Read full review