• The Art Spirit

  • By: Henri Robert
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A classic work of advice, criticism, and inspiration for aspiring artists and lovers of art.

"Art when really understood is the province of every human being." 

So begins The Art Spirit, the collected words, teachings, and wisdom of innovative artist and beloved teacher Robert Henri. Henri, who painted in the Realist style and was a founding member of the Ashcan School, was known for his belief in interactive nature of creativity and inspiration and the enduring power of art.

Since its first publication in 1923, The Art Spirit has been a source of inspiration for artists and creatives, from David Lynch to George Bellows. Filled with valuable technical advice, as well as wisdom about the place of art and the artist in American society, this classic work continues to be a must-listen for anyone interested in the power of creation and the beauty of art.

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Forever a classic.

I will never tire of “The Art SPIRIT”. The narration is done perfectly and allows me to feel the words as I did when I first read this some years ago.

As an artist, I am a perpetual beginner and student but itʻs easy to get lost in monotny so reading this every so often is a refreshing reminder.

For the first time reader, open your mind, find a comfortable chair, get out that favorite sketchbook and sharpened pencils and enjoy. You may even want to jot down a few things because I promise, this timeless book will offer up countless and very useful ideas as well as guidance.

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A Master Teacher

Few have understood and taught the art and SPIRIT of painting like Robert Henri.

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A Great Treasure

For an artist- this book does more than any contemporary “Guru” could hope to do.

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Listened three times in a row

Artists, you need this. listen to it on repeat at 1.5 speed until the burnished wisdom of this man’s unique genius falls on you like patina on the well loved tool.

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THE book on art

The Art Spirit by Henri Robert is the most dense, wise, and insightful teaching of how to create art I have read and I’ve read about 6 to 8 of the most reputable books on making art. Almost every single sentence is quotable. Henri Robert has the most uncanny, almost spiritual, understanding of what makes great art. Even though he references painting mostly I’m an actor, filmmaker and writer and I felt it was all extremely relevant to my crafts. If you are interested in making high art then this boos of def. for you!

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Think like an artist

This is just one way of looking at being an artist, but it's a very important way, I think. Henri was a founding member of the "Ashcan" movement in art. It's a realism based painting method that focuses on painting the essence of the subject, painting what's important to the subject, what makes the subject matter. I think it's a great way to disconnect from the details. He also has some important ideas about how to handle backgrounds. It's more "the jist" of art, not a how to. I enjoyed it. I listened to it about 4 times.

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Essential listening for creative people!

This book is nothing less than a spiritual treatise on Art, and will remain a cherished member of my creative library. Also, the narrator is amazingly perfect for this book. He has wisdom in his voice. I don't know what Robert Henri sounded like, but I kept forgetting that I wasn't actually listening to Henri himself!

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Unequaled

“The Art Spirit” is a deep dive into what it means to be an artist; what it means to create, and the philosophical reasoning behind it all.

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Absolute read for any artist

I can’t believe I didn’t read this book decades ago. It is essential reading for every artist. He gave sage advice about drawing, painting, color , being an artist, makes my art.

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Read This Book!

Best book. A must read! it is about art and about life. You will love it.