As the holiday season approaches, now is a wonderful time to pick out the perfect gift for your favorite art lover. Fortunately, it’s a buyer’s market at the moment, and it has never been easier to purchase a truly stunning present online. Here are just a few gifts that artistically-inclined loved ones will cherish for a lifetime.
1. Edward Gorey Prints
As an author and illustrator, Edward Gorey remains one of the 20th Century’s most unique and visionary artists. His pen-and-ink drawings are legendary for their style and wit, and the Gorey estate now offers prints of some of the artist’s most famous works for purchase.
2. Drawing: For the Artistically Undiscovered by Quentin Blake and John Cassidy
As an artist, Quentin Blake will be familiar to many people for his illustrations of beloved Roald Dahl books like “James and the Giant Peach” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” In this book, Blake walks aspiring artists through the steps needed to become a first-rate illustrator. In addition to its fantastic illustrations, the volume includes a good set of pens and pencils and drawing and coloring exercises. This is a truly great and fun-to-read introduction to the world of artistic creation.
3. Original Pablo Picasso Drawings
Over the course of his artistic career, Pablo Picasso made thousands of drawings and sketches. Fortunately for art collectors, the sheer volume of original drawings created by the artist now makes owning a Picasso a very real possibility for art lovers on a budget. When searching out quality Picasso sketches on sites like eBay, buyers should be sure to check out the credibility of sellers in order to avoid the purchase of a forgery, but with a bit of research, a great original Picasso drawing can be had at a fantastic price.
4. The Deftness of Da Vinci (Taschen Books)
Leonardo da Vinci was arguably the greatest artist in history, and this wonderful collection of 600 drawings by the genius polymath will make a great addition to any art lover’s library. The Taschen publishing house is known for the high quality of its books, and “The Deftness of Da Vinci” is one of its best and most popular volumes. It is a definite must-read for anyone who wants to see what made Da Vinci humanity’s greatest thinker
If you think that the gifts mentioned above are too specific, think about replenishing your art lover’s supplies, with new paints, canvases, brushes, oil pastels, or whatever their favorite medium is.