A Concise History of Modern Painting Author:Herbert Read During the past half-century, an extremely complex change has taken place in the manner in which men have expressed themselves through the medium of painting. But this change does possess a unity of intention that ocmpletely distinguishes it from the painting of earlier periods - an intention defined by the painter Paul Klee as an effort "not to... more » reflect the visible but to make visible."
It is this criterion of modernity that Herbert Read, one of the pre-eminent art critics and historians of our time, has adopted for his A Concise History of Modern Painting. Sir Herbert begins his study with the French painter Paul Cezanne. It was the single minded determination of Cezanne to see the world objectively - to penetrate the shimmering and ambiguous surface of things to the unchanging reality - that heralded what we call the modern movement in art.
The movements following Cezanne - among them Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Constructivism, and Tachisme - continued in their separate ways the new interpretation of painting: collectively, they constitute modern art. Sir Herbert carefully studies the different movements, discussing in detail the men who shaped them: Seurat, Picasso, Braque, Gris, Matisse, Duchamp, Chagall, Miro, Arp and Kandinsky.
The book's 485 superb illustrations - 100 in full color - are closely integrated with the text and simultaneously complement and supplement the author's analysis with representative works of the various schools.« less