Originally Posted by sundiver
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I've been enjoying my Kindle version
of Birge Harrison
's Landscape Painting, published in 1909. Here's the product description; says it as well as any:Originally published in 1909, "Landscape Painting," by Birge Harrison is a collection of impromptu talks given before the Art Students League at its summer school in Woodstock, New York. Birge Harrison was born in Philadelphia in 1854. He initially trained in the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, but within a year moved to Paris. There he remained for twelve years as student at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, working under Carolus Duran and Alexandre Cabanel. "Birge Harrison's volume on 'Landscape Painting' a fine commentary on the technique of the craft."
It's an interesting read, not least because he lived and painted when the Impressionists were alive and when on-location painting was relatively new. At times it's pretty obvious that it was written 100 years ago- technology has changed so much-, but often the observations and advice seem fresh and new.
I have a Kindle but it's not required if you get the free Kindle for PC app to download it. The illustrations aren't much and the text is garbled in a few spots because of the scan-to-text program, but IMO the book was certainly worth the 3 bucks.
That book sounds really good, Wendy. For anyone else who might be interested, I've found a later publication (eighth edition, 1920) of the same book, free at archive.org: https://archive.org/details/landscap...rgoog/page/n11
There are several options for formats of the book, including Kindle and pdf. I can't wait to read it! Also, for those who are slightly wonky, like me, Richard Arnheim's Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye
is also available through archive.org, here: