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ART 103 Observational Drawing (Lausanne): Online Resources

Introduces responsive, observational drawing from still lives and live models while working with a variety of drawing tools

Arshile Gorky

Arshile Gorky, Landscape in Virginia 1944 graphite and crayon on paper, 10-3/4 x 13-1/16 inches Private Collection

Arshile Gorky, Landscape in Virginia 1944 graphite and crayon on paper, 10-3/4 x 13-1/16 inches Private Collection

Reproduced in:  Gelber, Eric. "Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective of Drawings." artcritical, November 1, 2003. Accessed January 23, 2013.

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Art Library Vocabulary

Art libraries have different kinds of material than other libraries, and they have different kinds of terms to describe those materials as well.  Here are some terms to help you get started--if you click on the links, you will be taken to the Grove Art Online encyclopedias or to Wikipedia for more information.

  • Catalogue Raisonne
    A book containing every single work that a specific artist ever created. These are great for researching artists for a paper or biography.
  • Festschriften
    A collection of essays celebrating a certain person. It's not specific to art, but there are festschriften created for artists and art historians--BHA catalogs festschriften specifically.
  • Facsimile
    A copy of an existing manuscript or book that tries to be as faithful to the original as possible.
  • Iconography
    Refers to the content or subject matter of a work of art, not the form or technique of the work. For instance, a work of art may be Baroque in style, but its iconography would involve the fact that it depicts a Madonna and Child.
  • Livres d'Artiste
    Special kind of book in which an artist created the illustrations directly onto the pages.
  • Artists' Books
    Surprisingly, not the same as a livre d'artiste. An artist's book is a work of art expressed in book format. It could be made of any materials--cloth, metal, glass, etc.--and could be shaped like a traditional book, or not.
  • Exhibition Catalog
    A listing of what was on display in a specific exhibition or show. May include images. These also sometimes include essays by the curator or others that describe the show.
  • Monograph
    Sounds fancy, but it's just another name for a book, as opposed to a journal or magazine or some other continuing resource.