Art For Book Lovers

Crown, Wen Wu, 2016, oil on canvas, 30.5 × 25.5 cm (12 × 10 in), Private collection. Picture credit: © Wen Wu. Courtesy Riflemaker London.

WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring

The 280 artworks featured in Phaidon’s new book, Reading Art: Art For Book Lovers by critic and art writer David Trigg, all have one thing in common – they celebrate the relationship between art and books.

From Van Gogh and Fragonard to Whistler, across the 352-page book you’ll find paintings, installations, sculptures, frescoes and statues from throughout history that put books at the forefront.

Londinensi subterraneis: Circulus linea, Phil Shaw, 2012, archival print, 34 × 97 cm (13 ⅜ × 31 ⅛ in). Picture credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Feeling Like Reading the Next Volume, from the series ‘Landscapes and Beauties’, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, before 1861 (Edo period), coloured print, dimensions unknown, Tokyo National Museum. Image credit: Tokyo National Museum.

Young Girl Reading, Jean–Honoré Fragonard, c.1769, oil on canvas, 81.1 × 64.8 cm (31 ⅞ × 25 ½ in), National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Picture credit: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

Reading Art: Art For Book Lovers retails for approximately R660.

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