It's Winston Churchill. I suppose English readers would know he loved art but I didn't so I enjoyed this little book of his.
It is called Painting As A Pastime and the author is no other than Winston S. Churchill. It is number 2169 of the original series and quite a bit of his work is featured inside it. Although it was originally published in 1932 Penguin published it in 1964.
On the back of the book is a picture of him with a big cigar in his mouth stating:
I do not presume to explain how to paint, but only how to get enjoyment.
Buy a paint-box and have a try. We cannot aspire to masterpieces. We may content ourselves with a joy ride in a paint box. And for this Audacity is the only ticket. Splash into the turpentine, wallop into the blue and white, frantic flourish on the palette...and then several large, fierce strokes and slashes of blue on the absolutely cowering canvas...I have never felt any awe of a canvas since.
When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting.
The book isn't so much about art itself as it is about the joy one can get out of it by enjoying a bit of amateur painting. It is a hobby that one can embrace at any level and whether you're excellent at it or just starting out and feeling wobbly you will certainly enjoy it. It is more about the process than the result.
I found it to be quite an uplifting little book.
I hope you enjoy the old illustrations from the book:
Applies to Century of Books Challenge 1932.