6 Art Books to Make Your Coffee Table Truly Shine

Even the most minimalist of living rooms will feel incomplete without at least one stunning coffee table book resting atop the coffee table. It's true—books can be a highly effective décor element when it comes to styling your living room, which is just one of the reasons we love collecting art books.

Not only does a good coffee table book offer the occasional precious moment or two away from the many screens that typically hold our attention all day, but it will also elevate the style of any room just by being there. A stack of art books gives you versatility—rotate them every few days depending on your mood!

Brains and beauty? That's what it's all about. Here are 6 art books that will make your coffee table truly shine.

Kahlo (Taschen’s Basic Art Series 2.0) by Andrea Kettenmann

Published by renowned art book publisher Taschen and curated by art historian Andrea Kettenmann, this edition celebrates feminist icon and Mexico's most famous artist, Frida Kahlo. On the cover, a self portrait by the artist as a Tehuana, which refers to the matriarchal society based in Mexico's Oaxaca State. Inside, you'll find page after page of her powerful paintings and insights into her tumultuous life.

Botticelli (Taschen’s Basic Art Series 2.0) by Barbara Deimling

The holy and highly aesthetic works of Early Renaissance painter, Sandra Botticelli come to life in this Taschen-published art book. A familiar figure to art history students, Botticelli also painted some of the most well-known paintings in history, such as The Birth of Venus in, a detail crop of which appears on the cover of this beautiful coffee table book.

Modigliani (Taschen’s Basic Art Series 2.0) by Doris Krystof

An icon of early modernism, Modigliani is revered the world over for his elongated female nudes and portraits. Though his works were not celebrated during his lifetime, his popularity has grown exorbitantly since. In 2010, his sculpture, Tête, became the third most expensive sculpture ever sold.

Leonardo (Taschen’s Basic Art Series 2.0) by Frank Zöllner

 

We finally know what Mona Lisa’s smiling about, and it’s the contents of this stunning Taschen coffee-table book. An ode to the most celebrated artist in history, the great Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci, this special 500th anniversary edition explores his life and work in captivating detail.

Rodin (Taschen’s Basic Art Series 2.0) by François Blanchetière

 

Considered the founder of modern sculpture, Rodin captures the essence and strength of the human form unlike any other artist before or after him. Iconic, innovative and subtly seductive, this hardcover ode to the master of movement belongs in your home.

Eames (Taschen’s Basic Art Series) by Gloria Koenig

This 96-page ode to the iconic designs of husband and wife Charles and Ray Eames is a must-buy for all interior fanatics. The American husband and wife team who are some of the most influential figures in furniture and object design of the last century.

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