Bram Dijkstra


Bram Dijkstra : biography

5 July 1938 –
  • “Dijkstra writes so compellingly that in his hands what might be portentous is a page-turning good read.” – Booklist, Oct. 1, 1996.

Georgia O’Keeffe and the Eros of Place

  • "Georgia O’Keeffe and the Eros of Place… rewards the persistent reader by shedding new light on a remarkable career.” – Michael Berry, The Moving Finger, Feb. 20, 1999.Michael Berry. Online Posting. The Moving Finger. N.p. 20 Feb. 1999 Web. 17 Jul. 2012
  • “[Dijkstra]…writes lyrically of how the sense of landscape set the stage for O’Keeffe’s life.” – The Sunday Oregonian, Jan. 10, 1999.
  • “Beautifully written and painstakingly researched, Georgia O’Keeffe and the Eros of Place is a major reassessment of O’Keeffe’s place in American culture and a tribute to the artist’s steadfast refusal to abandon her ‘provincial’ belief in the shaping spirit of place.” – Princeton University Press

American Expressionism

  • “…Rescue(s) a generation of art too long forgotten.” – New Labor Forum, Summer 2004.
  • “American Expressionism brings back into the light a revolutionary generation of artists whom cynicism had conspired, for half a century and more, to airbrush out.” – San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 10, 2003.
  • “This story is important to all who care about American art and society.” – Los Angeles Times. Book Review. July 6, 2003.
  • “Landmark study…carefully conceived…compellingly recasts and revitalizes the social realist period of American art…a valuable addition.” – Library Journal, June 1, 2003.
  • “This is a provocative, important book.” – Publishers Weekly, May 15, 2003.

Naked: The Nude In America

  • “[A] gorgeously illustrated look at the nude in art, photography and pop culture. This coffee-table stunner boasts 400 color illustrations of male and female nudes throughout history.” – San Diego Magazine, Dec. 2010.
  • "The Sexiest Nude Art You’ve Never Seen: A gorgeous new book, Naked by Bram Dijkstra, highlights the most famous, eye-popping, game-changing pieces of naked artwork in the world… Check out all of the envelope-pushing paintings, photographs, sketches, and sculptures in the new book Naked: The Nude in America by Bram Dijkstra." – Cosmopolitan
  • "…gorgeously illustrated book called Naked which explores the traditional, the beautiful, and the shocking in the portrayal of the nude in America… a tremendously beautiful coffee table book." – Carone, Angela, and Maureen Cavanaugh, "Looking at Nudity in American Art," KPBS, Oct. 26, 2010. Carone, Angela and Maureen Cavanaugh. “Looking at Nudity in American Art.” KPBS 26 Oct. 2010 Web. 17 Jul. 2012

  • “…It’s all in there, gorgeous, raw and illuminating. Some works shock, and others are comfortingly conventional, but they all reward the viewer’s patient scrutiny.” – The San Diego Union Tribune, Nov. 7, 2010.
  • “In “Naked,” Dijkstra … deftly assembles a richly illustrated history of the American nude that spans centuries and media.” –, Oct. 27, 2010.