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History of Art Books

The history of art books and the origins of these are still debated today, but one of the forerunners is William Blake, who published a number of contemporary art books during the late 1700s through to the early 1800s. William Blake was a British painter, poet and printer who created his first art book through a desire to put his written work together with his artistry. To this end, Blake developed his own printing techniques that enabled the printing of the written word and art together.


In France during the 1890s, Ambroise Vollard, who was a Parisian art dealer, created the livre d’artiste, which literally translates to ‘artist’s book’. Vollard created this art book in order to capitalize on the new emerging art market in France, as the rich middle-class demographic increased. The art books were comprised of classical text and prints of original art, bound together with fine binding.


During the early 1900s, printing techniques became cheaper through their method of creation and through the introduction of cheaper materials. Through the first two decades, typography was introduced as innovative, giving even more character to art books. In the 1920s, many artists’ books were printed in Germany, relying on photographs more and more.

In Europe preceding WWII, and in America during the 1960s, contemporary artist books began to emerge in larger numbers through the improvements of technologies such as offset printing and photocopy.


From then and up to today, artists’ books continue to be published on a regular basis and still hold popularity through print, and more recently, in digital forms, such as in the eBook. The website is dedicated to reviewing the great classics, along with the newest art books that have been published in the twenty-first century.

Most Popular Art Books

The latest and most popular art books cover everything from modern artists like Banksy to commentary on the most iconic art classics in the world. We look at the most popular art books available and what you will discover when you delve into the pages of the art world.

Wall and Piece by Bansky

The legendary “guerrilla” street artist Banksy has created some of the most recognizable street art pieces in the world. The artist has painted his work on walls and bridges in towns and cities all over the globe, and has managed to smuggle his art into four of New York’s major art museums. He has also surreptitiously placed his work in the Tate Gallery London and painted on the West Bank barrier in Israel.

The enduring mystery of the identity of Banksy adds to the intrigue around his art, and even though his identity may never be known, his unmistakable work is recognizable the world over and prints fetch thousands.

The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich

This book has been revised and updated and covers everything from the earliest cave paintings to modern experimental art. The book now includes more modern artists and covers the work of some of the most well-known historical paintings in detail. There are also fold-outs of famous paintings by masters allowing you to see these iconic works in exquisite detail.

The world of art is incredibly diverse and the most popular art books show you a world of colour and dimension that will ignite your imagination.

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