688 pages, 10 × 7.12 × 1.88 in
March 26, 1999
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 071483355X
ISBN - 13: 9780714833552
About the Book
An illustrated introduction to art appreciation with a survey of the major art periods and styles and descriptions of the work and world of the masters.
From the Publisher
New Format and Redesign of the World'sBest Selling Art Book"Gombrich (1909-2001) had a gift for clear, conversational language, anarrative approach, and an interest in pop culture--he even included massmedia and cartoons in The Story of Art. The book, which receives highpraise in the CAA report [a recent assessment of art history textbooks bythe College Art Association], is today the world's best selling art historytextbook, with total sales of 8 million copies."-Art News, February 2006E.H. Gombrich's warm, lively, opinionated--yet never patronizing--authorialvoice brings history to life in a way that attracts both adults and youngreaders alike.Last year the first English translation of A Little Historyof the World, originally written in 1935 in German, was a surprisepublishing success.Yet, this isn't even Gombrich's most popular work. The Story of Art has sold over 8 million copies, has been translated intomore than 30 languages and served as the standard introduction to arthistory for students around the world for the past century.Now, the bookwill be available in a new affordable format, in wide release for thegeneral public, just in time for the holidays.Phaidon Press is pleased to announce the publication of THE STORY OF ART:POCKET EDITION by E.H. Gombrich, a re-designed, re-formatted compactedition of one of the best-known and best-loved books on art ever written. This new edition combines smoothly flowing text with a clear, simple designin a convenient and accessible format.The new edition allows this classicwork to continue its triumphant progress for another generation, and toremain the first choice for all newcomers to art. Phaidon Press commissioned Gombrich during World War II to write a historyof art for young people.In 1950, The Story of Art was published and so aclassic was born.Gombrich dictated the whole text from memory, usingillustrations from books in his library as prompts.The outcome was aseminal work of criticism and one of the most accessible introductions tothe visual arts.Starting with the cave paintings at Lascaux andstretching as far as Postmodernism, the whole of art history is presentedas a chronological narrative.Using vivid imagery, storytelling and slyhumor, Gombrich's voice draws in all--the student, connoisseur, or amateur. The Story of Art has always been admired for two key qualities: it is apleasure to read and a pleasure to handle.The pocket edition is noexception.With this new edition this classic work is now as accessible asthe story inside.Gombrich's extraordinary knowledge and wisdom willcontinue to teach and inspire generation after generation.
From the Jacket
The Story of Art is one of the most famous and popular books on art ever published. For 45 years it has remained unrivalled as an introduction to the whole subject, from the earliest cave paintings to the experimental art of today. Readers of all ages and backgrounds throughout the world have found in Professor Gombrich a true master, who combines knowledge and wisdom with a unique gift for communicating directly his own deep love of the works of art he describes. The Story of Art owes its lasting popularity to the directness and simplicity of the writing, and also the author's skill in presenting a clear narrative. He describes his aim as 'to bring some intelligible order into the wealth of names, periods and styles which crowd the pages of more ambitious works', and using his insight into the psychology of the visual arts, he makes us see the history of art as 'a continuous weaving and changing of traditions in which each work refers to the past and points to the future', 'a living chain that still links our own time with the Pyramid age'. In its new format, the 16th edition of this classic work is set to continue its triumphant progress for future generations and to remain the first choice for all newcomers to art.
About the Author
Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich, born March 30, 1909, in Vienna, Austria, was educated at Vienna University where he earned a Ph.D. His career includes terms as Slade Professor of Fine Arts at Oxford and Cambridge universities and as Andrew D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University. Gombrich's books on art and art history have sold as well as some works of fiction. One of his most popular titles is The Story of Art, which has been translated into 18 languages and sold more than two million copies. Other titles are; Looking for Answers: Conversations on Art and Science (with Didier Eribon), Shadows: The Depiction of Cast Shadows in Western Art, and Gombrich on Art and Psychology. His numerous awards include the Erasmus Prize in 1975, the Hegel Prize in 1976, and the International Balzan Prize in 1985. He holds honorary degrees from various universities, among them Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard, and from the Royal College of Art (London), 1981.
From Our Editors
Follow the development of art throughout the ages, from paintings on cave walls to modern instalments. E.H. Gombrich's comprehensive survey has been a classic for decades, in part because it's so complete, but also because it's so readable and well organized. You don't need to understand artistic theory to understand the stories and explanations here. The Story of Art lifts the fog that surrounds artistic movements and artists to reveal a captivating and personal story. Packed full of examples of art throughout history, this indispensable book won't stay on your shelf: you'll be continuously pulling it down to look at the pictures or read a little of this amazing tale.