I agree with a visit to the art museum (you can tour the Louvre online here: http://www.louvre.fr/llv/commun/home...p?bmLocale=en).
What may also be of some help is to actually make a 'primer' of your own. Take photos of something from different angles and placing the subject in different parts of the window. I'd pring them out 3x5 and put them in one of those photo albums with pockets so you can see them side by side. You will begin to see the types of arrangements that attract you and can start to define a compositional style that you like. Hope this give you an alternative idea!