Each of the three books presented here has been born from genuine passion and curiosity. Rather than reviewing these books -- all of which are on my bedside table in various stages of being read -- I asked their authors to tell me a bit about how and why it needed to be written.
The cliché about ballet dancers is that they are "light on their feet," that they "float" and "soar" across the stage. I've always felt the opposite to be more interesting: nobody reveals a more solid connection to the ground.
Whether a beginner or a seasoned pro, there is something of interest on this list that will offer revelation into the inner workings of the art world, helping to keep the acquisition process about excitement, rather than the stress of negotiation.
Nerdrum has been taking students since before many of us were born and this book is designed to highlight some of the best paintings produced from this emerging tribe of contemporary, classically oriented, figurative painters.