Sir Alfred East “The Art of Landscape Painting in Oil Colour”

"The Art of Landscape Painting in Oil Colour" by Sir Alfred Edward East

An interesting post on The Landscape Atelier blog this morning mentioned a book called The Art of Landscape Painting in Oil Colour by Sir Alfred Edward East (1844- 1913).

A quick Google search for the book turned up several links to the title as an audio book. How useful is that? An art book as an audio book? What about the pictures? The ones that illustrate the points the author is making? OK, I am curious and will listen while I paint this afternoon.

Keep searching and you might find the Kindle version on Amazon. Do a “look inside” and you will notice two things – firstly it has been badly digitised, the text is scrambled, secondly it has been stolen from Internet Archive (a resource which is free for everyone). Grrr…

Searching again with the name simplified to Alfred East yields success, Internet Archive does indeed have the print book – several versions – the good one is this one:



One thought on “Sir Alfred East “The Art of Landscape Painting in Oil Colour””

  1. Downloaded the book yesterday and just finished it. Unique in its approach and insightful about observing the landscape, more about seeing then painting but the parts he does talk about painting are gems. I really enjoyed it and will be going through it a few more times. Thanks for posting this.

    Glenn Tait

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