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The first in-print compilation of John Howard Sanden portraits
since the publication of Face to Face With Greatness
A 58-PAGE PORTFOLIO
The Portrait Institute is pleased to present this new 58-page
portfolio of portraits by John Howard Sanden, with twenty
important new portraits, reproduced in high resolution images
on highest quality artists paper, many with large closeup
The page size is 12½ by 9½ inches. The portfolio
features a three-page centerfold reproduction
of Mr. Sanden's ceremonial painting of His
Imperial Highness the Garsan Fulani of
Also included are the official
House portraits of
and Mrs. George W.
Click portrait for a slideshow of sample
portraits from the 58-page portfolio.
Face to Face With Greatness
The Adventure of Portrait Painting
By John Howard Sanden
a 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
published. Click here
to read and see more.
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 step-by-step demonstration.
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.