Every artist derives inspiration from their surroundings, and often, they are directly inspired by the work of artists who came before them. In My View: Personal Reflections on Art by Today's Leading Artists, edited by Simon Grant, provides firsthand accounts by contemporary artists, who share the artists and artworks that have inspired them the most. Each description is no longer than a page, but they all encompass greater discussions about art and art history. Click through 10 Contemporary Artists Share Their Favorite Works of Art to see excellent selections from the book. Buy it here.

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Credit: In My View: Personal Reflections on Art by Today's Leading Artists, edited by Simon Grant, published by Thames & Hudson, 2012.