Mainstreams of Modern Art Author:John Canaday mainstreams of Modern Art is the layman's guide to the fascinating world of modern art- the art of our time and the art that made possible its development. It is written in clear simple terms with over 700 illustrations intergrated into the text. — In it John Canaday traces the historical development of modern art, going back to its first beginn... more »ings in the work of Jacques Louis David (1748-1825), who started the long series of revolutions and counter-revolutions that we call modern art, and forward to the Surrealists, who represent so well the disturbed experiences of our own century.
Here, in Mainstreams of Modern Art, the reader will find not only a study and a biography of each significant painter, but the answers to the great questions of modern art: What is it all about? Where are its roots? Where is it going? Why is it frequently unlike our everyday visual experience?
Modern art is no longer shocking, but itis very often misunderstood. Mainstreams of Modern Art makes the painting of our time accessible to everyone. If you have ever paused in wonder before a painting of Cezanne or Corot; if you have ever been puzzled (and delighted) by a Picasso or fascinated by a Van Gogh; if you have ever felt that you might be missing something, or wanted to more about it at all, then this is your opportunity to study and contemplate a new world of beauty and culture.
The author Published The Metropolitan Seminars in Art, a contributor to the New York Times and its art news editor.« less