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Realism in 20th Century Painting (World of Art)

Brendan Prendeville

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An erudite and superbly illustrated survey of a continuingly vital part of contemporary art


Realist painting has had a persistent and powerful presence in 20th-century art. This book – the first ever comprehensive and critical survey of the subject – demonstrates realism's vibrant, diverse and restlessly changing place in American and European painting, from Eakins, Bellows and Homer through Vuillard, Bonnard, Schiele, Morandi, Hopper and Giacometti, to Balthus, Lucian Freud and David Hockney.
The author provides the historical, artistic and critical contexts in which painting has taken a realist turn and argues that the western tradition of pictorial realism has in fact been renewed and modified through the diverse influences of modernism, political conflict and new visual technologies.


'Fascinating… displays all the merits we associate with this series: erudite, informed and perceptive text, supported by a profusion of well chosen and excellently reproduced illustrations… . As there should be, there are plenty of surprises and much food for thought here'
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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 192

Publication date: 16 October 2000

ISBN: 9780500203361

About the Author

Brendan Prendeville lectures in art history and visual culture at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has published widely on realist painting, phenomenology and visual theory, and has curated exhibitions on associated themes.