Painting People



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"A noted painter describes and demonstrates his methods in oil, pastel, and watercolor." A biography, seven full-color step-by-step demonstrations and a gallery of 38 paintings.

From the publisher:

Informal, sensitive, psychologically revealing paintings of people are the central focus of the work of Burt Silverman, one of the most admired realist painters in America. In this lavishly illustrated book, Silverman describes how he paints haunting portraits and figures in oil, watercolor, and pastel and shows how he handles each medium in a series of step-by-step demonstrations with nearly every step reproduced in full color.

The author begins with a brief, fascinating account of his struggle to achieve a personal style and make his mark as a realist a time when the galleries and the art press were dominated by abstract painting. He then describes his studio setup, materials, and methods for painting in oil, watercolor, and pastel. He explains how he develops is pictorial ideas; tells how he often paints a series of interrelated pictures to explore a theme; and is refreshingly frank in his self-criticism, his successes and his failures.

In seven step-by-step demonstrations, with each shown in full-page size, the reader has closeups of the artist painting studies of figures on a beach and a self-portrait in oil; two figures studies and a family portrait in pastel; and a portrait and a figure in an architectural setting in watercolor.


Burt Silverman

Condition & Attributes

Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket (previous owner's rubber stamp on the front free endpaper, long vertical crease and wrinkles to rear free endpaper, corners sharp, interior clean, dustjacket edges severely worn)



Publishing Information

New York

Physical Description

12.25 inches
9.25 inches
144 pages
80 color plates and 42 black & white illustrations