Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Painter in Oil

-By Donato

"The Painter in Oil" has become one of the most sought after books on technique and the science of painting.

Originally published back in 1898, this is a wonderful treatise on oil painting by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst who was able to observe many of the artists of the late 19th century first hand. A student of William Bouguereau, Parkhurst was in the unique position to capture the methods of this great  master.

I do not agree with everything, and certain dislike the 'right and wrong' attitude which pervades the atelier approach exhibited here, but this treatise has wonderful gems of insight!  A great meditation on painting and the process around creating art.

We are fortunate to have this book available in a digital format. You can view the book in it's entirety, by clicking HERE or simply view it below. You can even download the PDF if you like!

Enjoy the read!


  1. It's interesting seeing the authors opinions on colors/pigments of the times. He explains the need to settle for the inefficiencies of lead white due to there being no "perfect white". These days titanium white is so well suited to the task that it has become mundane and uninspiring as far as colors go, and lead white has developed a sort of romantic appeal to many artists. Makes me wonder where artists colors will be 100 years from now.

  2. This will be an interesting read...thanks Donato!

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