The best art books 2024

Best Art books - DK/Phaidon/Walter Foster Publishing
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The best art books provide knowledge, inspiration and tutorials for professional, expert and beginner artists alike. Whether you’re a drawer, painter, illustrator, sculptor or any other type of artist, art books can help further your artistic career, provide inspiration from the greats and improve your artistic skills (even if you struggle to put pencil to paper!).

In this guide, we’ve found the best art books for all your artistic needs, including general art, the best history of art books, and concept art. If you’re interested in any of the titles you see below, click the retailer links to buy directly from the retailer.

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Bethan Girdler-Maslen

Beth is the Home Editor at T3, covering style, living and wellness. If it's something that goes in your house, chances are Beth knows about it and has the latest reviews and recommendations.

Having always been passionate about writing, Beth studied English Literature & Journalism at Cardiff University before diving into copywriting and marketing roles. She has written for websites, newspapers and magazines on a variety of topics, from jewellery and culture, to food and telecoms. Her work has been published across numerous sites and publications, including Wedding Ideas Magazine, Health & Wellbeing, The Bristol Post, Fashion & Style Directory, TechRadar and more.