The Materials and Techniques of Painting - Jonathan StephensonThames & Hudson, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Diagrams;
From the cover: “In the distant past, all artists inherited a tried and tested body of knowledge on materials and techniques while apprenticed in their masters’ workshop. Much of this lore has been lost to recent generations, however, and today’s painters — often working in isolation and with little training – lack authoritative guidance on the basics of their craft.
This practical manual restores to contemporary painters the heritage that is truly theirs by providing a single reliable source of vital information. Designed for use both as a textbook and for quick reference, it forms an invaluable guide for both the beginner and the advanced practitioner. Here are full details of pigments, media — from oils, resins and gums to glues, egg and the synthetics — and fillers; types of support (wood, cloth, paper, stone, walls); and studio equipment, from brushes and palettes to painting knives and easels. Throughout, the author demonstrates functions that are too often taken for granted, or little understood, and explains why particular raw materials are used, as well as how they are prepared.
Clear, readable descriptions, accompanied by full-colour demonstrations, offer a complete introduction to the major traditional techniques of painting — oil, tempera, water-colour, even fresco — and to more recent innovations, such as acrylics and silica painting.
With hundreds of specially prepared illustrations, this remarkable book reveals the vital link between the various media and makes the case for a systematic approach to painting in which materials are working for, and not against, the artist.
From the first essentials of laying a palette and applying paint, to hints on how to varnish, frame and preserve the finished work, The Materials and Techniques of Painting is undoubtedly the one essential and enduring work of reference for every contemporary artist.”