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15 Beautiful Art Books for Your Coffee Table

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No coffee table is complete without a beautiful art book to entertain guests and explore your inner artist. Art books come in every shape, size and color, and cover everything from abstraction to zoom and everything in between. Here are 15 beautiful art books for your coffee table:

  1. Andy Warhol: "Giant" Size by Phaidon Press Editors: Get a closer look at the life and career of the most famous pop artist, Andy Warhol, whose colorful images and documents are captured in this beautiful book.
  2. Styles, Schools and Movements: An Encyclopedia Guide to Modern Art by Amy Dempsey: This book will give you a comprehensive understanding of the significant movements of the modern period, while providing colorful illustrations, informative definitions and suggestions for further reading.
  3. Beautiful Losers by Aaron Rose: If you like nontraditional art with an urban twist, you’ll enjoy Beautiful Losers, which is full of street art from a collection of painters, photographers and cartoonists.
  4. Painting Today by Tony Godfrey: This colorful book is an overview of the last 30 years of painting, including famous and emerging artists who influenced the industry in more ways than one.
  5. Van Gogh (Masters of Art) by Meyer Schapiro: Everything you wanted to know about Vincent van Gogh’s artistic career, personal adventures and technique are chronicled, here, in this modern-art historian’s colorful book.
  6. The Art Book by Phaidon Press Editors: You won’t be able to put down this magnificent book that chronicles 500 great works of art, but don’t expect lots of content, because this book wants readers to judge each piece subjectively.
  7. Renoir by Anne Distel: You’ll want to add this beautiful book to your coffee table collection for its dazzling paintings and interesting account of the celebrated artist.
  8. Michelangelo by Frank Zollner: Get an up close and personal with Michelangelo’s life, personality and renowned works of art in this beautiful book that covers 30 years of the influential artist’s career.
  9. The Collins Big Book of Art: From Cave Art to Pop Art by David G. Wilkins: You’ll gain a wealth of knowledge after reading this informative art history book that covers everything from cave art, pop art and everything in between.
  10. The Photo Book by Phaidon Press Editors : Much like The Art Book mentioned above, this fantastic photography book is fully focused on the art, less on the content and lets you study the rest.
  11. Through the Lens: National Geographic Greatest Photographs by National Geographic and Leah Bendavid-Val: You and your guests will love to study the 250 stunning photographs that are National Geographic’s best of the best.
  12. How to Draw What You See by Rudy De Reyna: This instructional drawing guide will inspire you and your guests to realistically draw what they see in front of them, so have a pencil and pad ready!
  13. 30,000 Years of Art: The Story of Human Creativity Across Time and Space by Phaidon Press Editors: Take a journey through this big, beautiful book that chronicles 1,000 historical works of art from every period and region of the world.
  14. Picasso by Philippe Dagen: Just the colorful cover of this book will draw you in and keep you engaged, as you learn about the techniques, attitude and images that made Picasso one of the most celebrated artists of all time.
  15. Alice Neel: Painted Truths (Museum of Fine Arts) by Barry Walker, Jeremy Lewison, Robert Storr and Tamar Garb: Explore the works of iconic portrait painter Alice Neel, whose abstract expressionism paintings and early artwork are analyzed in this visually stunning book.

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