Author(s): John Armstrong
How many of us have stood before famous paintings only to realize that we can't work out what the fuss is all about? In this work, John Armstrong describes, in straight-forward language, the personal resources we each need to cultivate in order to get the most out of art.
"* 'Full of valuable and provocative insights that go against the grain of many contemporary assumptions' Independent * 'An elegant book, arguing that the private use we make of works of art is an essential feature of the appreciation of art' The Times * 'John Armstrong's book will be welcomed by readers mystified by the jargon of art criticism... He gives us an illuminating lecture on a handful of paintings which deepened and refined my personal response no end. The man's an education' Time Out * 'Everyone who cares about art should read this elegant, intelligent and timely essay.' The Tablet"
John Armstrong is a research fellow in philosophy at the University of London, and director of the Aesthetics Programme there. He is also an art dealer specialising in nineteenth-century painting and Italian sports cars.
Affection; the way of information; resources; reveries; contemplation; investment; private uses of art.