11 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 11 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.

Andy Warhol by Joseph D. Ketner II

Curated by art historian Joseph D. Ketner II, this Phaidon-published art book spans the spectrum of influential pop artist Andy Warhol. From portraits of American icons such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe (who graces the cover), as well as his famous paintings of Campbell's soup cans and dollar bills, the book offers a thorough deep dive into the artist's famous "Factory" and his intriguing relationship with fame and celebrity. 

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.

Aalto (Taschen’s Basic Art Series) by Louna Lahti

Fans of Modernist Scandi-inspired interiors will love Taschen's art book about Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The influential figure approached everything he created—from buildings to textiles and homewares—as complete works of art. 

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.

Bosch (Taschen’s Basic Art Series 2.0) by Walter Bosing

Consider this your introduction to the enigmatic, intricate, and highly mystical works of Hieronymous Bosch. Working in the late 15th and early 16th century, this Dutch painter was a master of detail, renowned for his ability to convey themes of religion, spirituality and the divine with his trademark wit and wisdom. 

Yves Klein (Taschen’s Basic Art Series 2.0) by Hannah Weitemeier

Having a case of the blues never looked so good. This ode to pioneering French artist, Yves Klein, traverses his incredibly colourful career as one of the most influential modern artists of all time.

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. 

Zaha Hadid (Taschen’s Basic Art Series) by Philip Jodidio

Throughout her career, Zaha Hadid was hailed as one of the most exciting and trailblazing architects in the whole world. This book is an ode to the trailblazing work of architect Zaha Hadid is an essential purchase for any design fanatic.

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