Are books about art still relevant? You would have thought not with so much information now available on the internet but I recently purchased a somewhat dirty oil painting by Anne Florence Cointreau dated 1934. The Google page gave me just one short reference that she lived 1890-1966. That was it.
Some 40 years ago I purchased, at great expense, 10 volumes of Dictionnaire Des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs by E.Benezit (all in French of course). Over the years and certainly up until the rise of the internet these comprehensive books were used frequently and to great effect. Since about 2000 I doubt I have used them half a dozen times.
Having drawn a blank online I was determined there must be more to the woman behind such a well crafted painting. I decided to go back to the old method and for the first time in many years I dug out volume 3 of Benezit. And there she was.
A small entry but certainly more than I had. This proves the internet is not fallible and books still hold an important place in the world of Art.
John Stocks @ AM Fine Art