5 Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite Artist

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

 

© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Algonquin Books (March 8, 2016)

Algonquin Books (March 8, 2016)

We Love You Charlie Freeman is a book that tackles race and language, much like Basquiat’s work which developed from his poetic street art of NYC. Kaitlyn Greenidge writes about an african american family asked to raise and teach sign language to a chimpanzee at a New England Research Institute whose dark history challenges readers. This novel explores heavy topics with a graceful humor and contemplation.

 

 

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dalí Lobster Telephone, 1938 West Dean College - part of The Edward James Foundation Group © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2015

Salvador Dalí
Lobster Telephone, 1938
West Dean College – part of The Edward James Foundation Group
© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2015

Riverhead Books; First Edition edition (September 15, 2015)

Riverhead Books; First Edition edition (September 15, 2015)

 

Master of the unconscious mind, Dali’s work was heavily based on symbolism and dreams, trying to understand the surreal elements of what we call reality. If you enjoy his mind-bending art, Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies is for you. Filled with mythological elements and a psychologically sharp take on domesticity, this is one book bound to leave you wanting more.

 

Claude Monet

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915

 

Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (February 7, 2011) Elizabeth Bard

Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (February 7, 2011)
Elizabeth Bard

If you like Monet’s soft but deconstructed landscapes then Elizabeth Bard’s Lunch in Paris is a must read for you. A humorous memoir filled with the romance of paris and being abroad all the while tackling real life issues, like not knowing where you fit in the world. This book is separated into chapters by recipes that Bard collected (or created) herself and is sure to inspire as much as entertain.

 

Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632 - 1675 ), Woman Holding a Balance, c. 1664, oil on canvas, Widener Collection 1942.9.97

Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632 – 1675 ), Woman Holding a Balance, c. 1664, oil on canvas, Widener Collection 1942.9.97

Back Bay Books (April 7, 2015), Donna Tartt

Back Bay Books (April 7, 2015), Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch tells the story of a young man’s life growing up in New York City- filled with love, loss, thievery, and Dutch paintings, this book will keep you entranced just like Vermeer’s beautiful paintings do. It is a smartly done and meticulous book that will keep readers turning pages, grieving and laughing alongside characters; This book will not disappoint.

 

Leonardo Da Vinci

The Louvre, Leonardo Da Vinci

The Louvre, Leonardo Da Vinci

Pocket Books; Reissue edition (August 25, 2015)

Pocket Books; Reissue edition (August 25, 2015)

If you like Da Vinci’s methodical and calculated artworks then Kathy Reich’s Deja Dead is the book you’ll want to read. Written by a forensic anthropologist, this hit novel from the 90’s is smart and full of surprises. The novel (plus the many more after this one in the series) follows a forensic anthropologist on her quest to solve a case that becomes personal. It is captivating and sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.