Book Review: Berlin Sketchbook by Fabrice Moireau

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I'm a big fan of Fabrice Moireau's watercolour sketches and paintings, so it's delightful to see that he has a new book out. It has been a long wait since his previous two books that were released in 2011, namely Rooftops of Paris and Rome Sketchbook.

Format of this book is same as most of his other sketchbooks. It's a large hardcover with 96 pages. The paper used is matte with some texture to simulate that feel of watercolour paper. The cover is a lovely painting of Brandenburg Gate at night.

Germany and Berlin certainly has made history in the world, good and bad, and that is written in the introduction in a matter of fact manner by Boris Von Brauchtisch. It's a nice introduction that provides a clearer picture to the city than what the watercolour paintings would suggest.

The pencil and watercolour paintings in the books are absolutely amazing. Fabrice Moireau just gets better and better. There are probably more than a hundred pieces of artworks featured, including a handful of sketches. It's an astonishing amount considering that most are fully painted. It certainly feels like it took years to complete all these.

I love the confident look and use of colours. Many of them are reproduced huge and a pleasure to look at. I can only imagine how big those paintings were, given that many are so detailed. Captions accompany all the artworks.

This is a beautiful and inspiring book. It's definitely one of my favourite artbooks of 2015.

Berlin Sketchbook (Sketchbooks) is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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