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A Concise History of Modern Painting

Herbert Read

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A concise and coherent reference work by the highly regarded art historian Herbert Read


Comprehensive, authoritative, highly readable and generously illustrated, Herbert Read's text surveys modern painting from its roots in the work of Cézanne, through Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism and Dada in the early decades of the twentieth century and on to Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s. The works of Frank Stella, Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and many others are discussed and analyzed by Caroline Tisdall and William Feaver in a lively final chapter that takes the story forward. This is an indispensable reference work that bears witness to the genius of Herbert Read - artist, poet and art historian.


'Thorough, lively and closely packed'
Hugh Casson

'By far the best introduction to the subject'
Alan Bowness

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Revised Edition

Size: 21.0 x 14.8 cm

Extent: 396 pp

Illustrations: 500

Publication date: 27 January 1975

ISBN: 9780500201411

About the Author

Benedict Read (1945-2016) was an english art historian.

List of Contributors

Benedict Read, Caroline Tisdall, William Feaver