“It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful.”
—Vincent Van Gogh
Liven up any space this summer with books that explore the lives of incredible artists and look gorgeous, too. Simply add an art book (or two) paired with fresh flowers to a bookshelf, coffee table, or any surface that needs a pick-me-up.
Book: Annie Leibovitz Sumo, Collector’s Edition
Known for her incredible photographs of celebrities, Annie Leibovitz’s limited-edition collection features foldouts and a book stand designed by Marc Newson.
Flower pairing: Sculptural white calla lilies standing proud like Leibovitz’s subjects
Book: David Lachapelle Lost and Found – Good News, Art Edition
Surreal and colorful photographs abound in this two-volume set of David LaChapelle’s work. It includes three prints numbered and signed by LaChapelle, and its hand-sewn binding is a work of art in itself.
Flower pairing: A colorful mix of poppies to accentuate the fantastical world of LaChapelle
Book: Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History
Everything you ever dreamed of knowing about the behind-the-scenes world of Mickey Mouse comes to life in a nearly 500-page book dedicated to the most famous mouse in the world.
Flower pairing: Cheerful red dahlias to match Mickey’s shorts
Book: David Hockney a Bigger Book Sumo, Collector’s Edition
Enter the colorful world of David Hockney and add bright hues to your coffee table with this limited-edition monograph documenting the artist’s work over five decades.
Flower pairing: Skip the flowers and go for tropical Monstera leaves in a simple glass vase
Book: Clemente, Guggenheim Museum Publications
The dreamlike paintings of Francesco Clemente are explored in this tome with a custom-dyed and embroidered book cover designed by the artist.
Flower pairing: Channel Clemente’s mystical paintings with bright yellow marigolds that pop against the fuchsia cover
Tie it all together, and learn how to style your entire bookshelf.