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Face to Face With Greatness The Adventure of Portrait Painting
By John Howard Sanden
beautiful book that is part memoir, part book of instructive advice and counsel,
and throughout a portfolio of portraiture, an American portrait painter shares
the lessons of forty years depicting (as the author puts it) "the world's
most interesting men and women."
This large volume begins with an absorbing personal story
how the possibilities of a career in portraiture
became apparent to a young artist in the Midwest who then
risked everything on a new start in New York. This is
the surprising account of how the author made the impossible
leap from painter of religious pictures in mid-America
to recognition as one of the nation's most sought-after
portrait artists. Here is the story of early false starts
and crucial mid-life decisions. How the "big break"
came and the long hard work that followed. Through case
histories the reader experiences a behind-the-scenes look
at big league professional portrait painting, with 129
examples in color of the portrait work that has inspired
tens of thousands of students and artists around the world
through the author's books and videos. Hardcover, 176
pages. Large format, coffee table size; 12½ x 9¾
inches. 214 illustrations, 178 in color,155 never before
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The Portraits of
John Howard Sanden A Thirtieth Anniversary Collection
the best of John Sanden's portrait work of the past thirty years, in high-quality
lithographic reproductions in a large-format hardcover volume. Each painting
is accompanied by the artist's own commentary, plus supporting studies and
preliminary work. There are 126 illustrations in color. Published by Madison
Square Press, New York.
In addition to the collector's album of sixty large color plates of portraits,
there are two sections of particular interest. The Premier Coup Tradition
in Portrait Painting traces the four hundred year history of direct, broad-stroke
technique, from Velazquez to today. A concluding appendix, John Sanden's
Creative & Technical Procedure provides helpful data. Bonus foldout
Portraits From Life in 29 Steps A Step-by-Step Instructional Guide
1976, John Howard Sanden published his first book, Painting the Head in
Oil. That book proved to be a bestseller and went through thirteen reprintings,
remaining for many years on the publisher's list of most-requested titles.
23 years later, North Light Books published this completely revised and updated
version of the original classic.
Every illustration in the book all 162 in full color is completely
new. The heart of the book is the two highly detailed demonstrations that
show in 29 logical steps (many with close-up details) how to
paint a portrait from life in a single sitting.