Studio museum resources: a bibliography

Welcome to our library! Below you will find a list of books, articles and websites devoted to the artist's studio. 

Please contact us if you would like to suggest additional resources.

General texts

A selection of works dedicated to the study of artist's studios in Europe and beyond. 

  • James Hall, The Artist's Studio: A Cultural History (Thames & Hudson, 2022)
  • Iwoman Blazwick, Dawn Ades, Hammad Nasar, The Artist's Studio: A Century of the Artist's Studio 1920-2020: A Century of Creativity (London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2022)
  • Valerie Balint, A Guide to History Artists' Homes and Studios (Princeton Architectural Press, 2020) - written by the Director of our sister organisation, Historic Artists' Homes and Studios (HAHS)
  • Louise Campbell, Studio Lives: Architect, Art and Artist in 20th Century Britain (Lund Humphries Publishers, 2019)
  • John Elderfield and Peter Galassi, In the Studio (New York: Gagosian Gallery, 2015)
  • Anne Lafont (ed.), ‘L’atelier’, Perspective : actualité en histoire de l’art, 1 (2014) 
  • Bodo Plachta, Künstlerhaüser: Ateliers und Lebenräume berühmter Maler und Bildhauer (Gebundene Ausgabe, 2014)
  • France Nerlich and Alain Bonnet, Apprendre à peindre : Les ateliers privés à Paris 1780-1863 (Les presses universitaires François Rabelais, 2013)
  • Hossein Amirsadeghi, Art Studio America (London: Thames & Hudson, 2013)
  • Ann-Sophie Lehmann, Rachel Esner and Sandra Kisters (eds.), Hiding, Making, Showing, Creation: The Studio from Turner to Tacita Dean (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2013)
  • Margot Th Brandlhuber and Michael Buhrs (eds.), In the Temple of the Self: the Artist’s Residence as a Total Work of Art: Europe and America, 1800-1948 (Hatje Cantz, 2013)
  • Hélène Rochette, Maison d’écrivains et d’artistes : Paris et ses alentours (Parigramme, 2012)
  • Anne Cartier Bresson, Dans l’atelier du photographe (Paris : Paris musées, 2012)
  • Alex Coles, The Transdisciplinary Studio (Sternberg Press, 2012)
  • Jens Hoffmann (ed.), The Studio (Whitechapel Gallery; MIT Press, Documents in Contemporary Art, 2012)
  • Ina Conzen et al., Mythos Atelier. Von Spitzweg bis Picasso, von Giacometti bis Nauman (Stuttgart: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, 2012)
  • Mary Jane Jacob and Michelle Grabner (eds.),The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2010)
  • Bodo von Dewitz, La Bohème : The Staging of Artists as Bohemians in 19th and 20th Century Photography (Steidl, 2010)
  • Mayken Jonkman and Rachel Esner, Mythen van het Atelier (Uitgeverij WBooks, 2010)
  • Charlotte Gere, Artistic Circles: Design and Decoration in the Aesthetic Movement (London: V&A Publishing, 2010)
  • M J Long, Artists’ Studios (Black Dog Publishing, 2009)
  • Gianna A. Mina and Sylvie Wuhrmann (eds.), Casa d'artisti, Tra Universo privato e spazio public case di artisti adibite a museo, (Ligornetto: Museo Vincenzo Vela, exh. cat. 9 – 11 October, 2009).
    Maarten Liefooghe's article from this collection, 'The Musealisation of the Artist's House as Architectural Project' is also available to read online.
  • Giles Waterfield (ed.), The Artist's Studio (London; Hogarth Arts, exh. cat., 26 September – 13 December 2009, Compton Verney; 9 February – 16 May 2010, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts) - Giles was one of the founders of the Artist's Studio Museum Network
  • Bernhard Maaz, Im Tempel der Kunst: Die Künstlermythen der Deutschen (Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2008)
  • Eamonn McCabe and Michal McNay, Artists and their Studios (Angela Patchell Books, 2008)
  • Brian O'Doherty, Studio and Cube: On the Relationship Between Where Art is Made and Where Art is Displayed (New York: Columbia University, 2007)
  • Alexander Sturgis, Rebels and Martyrs: The Image of the Artist in the Nineteenth Century (London: National Gallery Publishing, 2006)
  • Michael Cole and Mary Pardo, Inventions of the Studio: Renaissance to Romanticism (Chapel Hill; London, 2005)
  • J. Wood, Close Encounters: the Sculptor’s Studio in the Age of the Camera (Leeds: Henry Moore Institute, 2001)
  • Martin Postle and William Vaughan, The Artist’s Model: From Etty to Spencer (Merrell Publishers, 1999)
  • Giles Walkley, Artists’ Houses in London 1764-1914 (Scolar Press, 1994)
  • Postle and M Bignamini, The Artist’s Model: Its Role in British Art from Lely to Etty (Nottingham: University of Nottingham; English Heritage, 1991)
  • J Milner, The Studios of Paris: Capital of Art in the Late Nineteenth Century (New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 1990)
  • Peter Avondoglio and Erika Fremerey, Kunstens huse: fra Thorvaldsens til Trapholt (Dansk Arkitektur & Byggeeksport Centre, 1989)
  • Michael Peppiatt and Alice Bellony-Rewald, Imagination's Chamber: Artists and their Studios (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1982)
  • Alexander Liberman, The Artist in his Studio (London: Thames & Hudson, 1969)


  • Daniel Buren, trans. by Thomas Repensek, 'The Function of theStudio', October, 10 (Autumn, 1979),51-58
  • Lizzie Darbishire, ‘The studios of celebrated Painters’: a series of portraits by John Ballentyne RSA’, Apollo, May 1998, pp.21-27

Pre-1900 texts

  • Anna Maria Hall, Pilgrimages to English Shrines (London, 1850), with illustrations by F.W. Fairholt. The book concentrates on literary sites, but also includes a description of 'shrines' associated with William Hogarth (1697-1764) and Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)

Other studio museum organisations

  • Historic Artists' Homes and Studios - our sister organisation in the USA website featuring and profiling American studio museums (in English)
  • Maison des Illustres - the French association of museums established in former homes and studios of cultural and historical figures (in French)
  • Mythen van het Atelier - a database, publication archived exhibition exploring the artist's studio (in Dutch)
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