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Comprehensive, authoritative, highly readable and generously illustrated, Herbert Read's text has been rightly acknowledged as "by far the best introduction to the subject" (Alan Bowness) and "throughout, lively and closely packed" (Hugh Casson). Here is modern painting from its roots in the work of Cezanne, through Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism and Dada in the early decadeComprehensive, authoritative, highly readable and generously illustrated, Herbert Read's text has been rightly acknowledged as "by far the best introduction to the subject" (Alan Bowness) and "throughout, lively and closely packed" (Hugh Casson). Here is modern painting from its roots in the work of Cezanne, 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 and Robert Rauschenberg, amongst many others, are discussed and analyzed by Caroline Tisdall and William Feaver in a lively final chapter that brings us up to present times and points to exciting new developments. 500 illus., 118 in color....

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ISBN : 9780500201411
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Number of Pages : 392 Pages
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  • Diogenis Papadopoulos
    2019-05-13 16:38

    Η "Ιστορία της Μοντέρνας Ζωγραφικής" του Χ. Ρηντ είναι ένας αναλυτικός οδηγός στον κόσμο της σύγχρονης τέχνης για τους αμύητους και μυημένους. Από τον Σεζάν μέχρι τον αφηρημένο εξπρεσιονισμό είναι η αρχική μορφή του Χ.Ρηντ. Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο δεν κυκλοφορεί πλέον στα ελληνικά αν και εγώ το βρήκα από τις εκδόσεις "Υποδομή"(1978), το οποίο είναι η συμπληρωμένη έκδοση του 1974 με επιπλέον ένα κεφάλαιο που αναφέρεται στην περίοδο από το '60 και μετά. Για τους λάτρεις της τέχνης, απαραίτητο.

  • Ci
    2019-05-19 20:27

    I have an unease relationship with modern paintings. They come in their esoteric, even private language, depicting something entirely obscured from everyday reference. What I am looking at? What am I supposed to think and feel in the presence of this or that painting? and Most importantly, what I am missing by not trying to understand it? Hence the reading of this book which promises to bring philosophic thoughts to the modern paintings.This book teaches the reader to understanding modern paintings. There are two processes in art: perception and expression. The whole history of art is a history of modes of visual perfection, of various ways in which man has seen the world. When I see the world visually, they are limited to the basic geometric forms and color. Do I notice the placement? juxtaposes of lines and colors? Do they hold any meaning to me? The banner of Modern Art comes from Matisse “L’exactitude n’est pas la vérité”. Art is a way to conceive the world visually, alternative to other modes such as through symbols ( numerals or letters), or imaginatively through myths. Matisse’s rejection of exactitude is the essential quality of art-making. The artistic truth is a higher integration of visual with psych-emotional. If classic art gives us more clues with visual exactitude, hence the expected response is more uniform, while modern painting forces individual responses through dramatic, varied departure from “exactitude”. However, if such artistic truth leans on subjective-experience, then the original patronage, commercial influence, and chance plays significant roles. I think the only relevant question about art is “what does it mean” instead “is this important”. Thankfully the author has more emphasis on first question. To start, one must be willing to assume that the perception and expression of visual artists come from a profoundly different viewpoint. A view of modern paintings must be to suspend one own disbelief, and allow the ideas to develop on their own terms.This book is very well written, should be a reference and a guide.

  • Deborah
    2019-04-24 13:32

    This is a good, small-sized edition that is easy to carry around and read. The binding is tight and the signatures are folded and glued, not sewn. It could easily become dog-eared. My copy has held up well, but I have taken great care not to crack the spine, so I'm not sure how well it would hold up if treated roughly. Don't be put off by the fact of its having a ratio of 118 colored images to 500 total illustrations. The colored plates are overwhelmingly dominant, spread nicely throughout the text, and of good quality; so it's enjoyable to browse as well as to read. Most of the black-and-white illustrations are very small, six or eight to a page in an appendix near the end of the book, and do not distract from the text. The text is clear and concise, fairly easy to read as art books go, and flows easily. It is highly informative. It is not comprehensive, nor is it intended to be, but is a good survey. Possibly, Cubist and similar formal styles are more fully represented than the more passionate, expressionistic styles. A full chapter is devoted to Cubism; Futurism, Dada, and Surrealism are covered in one chapter; and one chapter is given to Picasso, Kandinski, and Klee (combined). Most of the plates are of abstract or non-figurative art. The images lean more toward the painterly and textural than the slick or minimalist styles, which suited me, as a painter. Those interested in photo-realism or hyper-realism, pop-art, and installation art will not find many plates. Quite a few artists are represented.

  • AC
    2019-04-27 12:35

    Not bad -- Maybe a high 3 -- I'm not going to finish this, and will mark as 'get-the-picture' (no pun intended)I was completely wrong about this book - there is a lot of good material in it. I am now in the chapter on Futurism, Dada, and Surrealism, and learning a lot. The book is not well organized - the writer wanders about, and the prints are out of place -- he talks about early Chagall in the section on Dada (Post WWI), and later Chagall in the section on Cubism, and prints the the pictures of Miró and Max Ernst (late 20's) while talking about the late-teens. So one has to work with the author in a very annoying fashion. He also seems to think the Anglo-American culture of 1959 (the year of the first edition) is still essentially futurist -- But that said, the book is well worth some time...

  • Dora
    2019-05-14 20:28

    It's interesting to see how your opinions can change. A few years ago, I read this book as a student and now I'm reading it as a teaching assistant. In these several years since my last reading, I would like to think I have gained knowledge on the subject of this book which enabled me to grasp its full meaning and get the most out of it - and there definitely is a lot to get out of it. I'd recommend this to any student of art or art history or simply anyone interested in modern art. Read summarizes modern art (focusing on painting of course) beginning with its very origins with Cezanne, all the way up to the 70s/80s. He is systematic, well-versed and highly descriptive/illustrative (both literally - using pictures - and metaphorically - through his analyses of the chosen examples).

  • erica
    2019-05-17 14:26

    Almost absolutely loved this book, the sort of art history text I imagined must exist when I was dropping out of art history classes that were based on textbooks full of the standard watered-down cliches of any particular movement. I feel I found what I have been searching for. I would have wholly loved it had Read included more than the passing mention of one or two artists who are female. It would be suitable if some disregard this entire book for its patriarchal viewpoint/exclusion of a holistic, diverse reality. Today, I am willing to overlook this. Read's style is most readable, it is indeed concise.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-07 15:39

    This book is a wonderful reference/companion piece to further education. I only make this distinction because it does require some basic knowledge of art history. I found myself reveling in chapters in which I knew all the names and artworks mentioned, and struggling to pay attention to those in which I did not. With some basic understanding, though, this is a great resource to give overview, make connections, and highlight the bigger progression that is modern painting. Wonderful read.

  • David Lemons
    2019-04-26 12:23

    I bought this book in Ndola, Zambia, for my very artistic wife who was already familiar with most of the painters that Read describes. As with many gifts, I read the thing mainly for my benefit and profited greatly by it, having been uneducated in the arts up to that time.

  • Megan Noel
    2019-05-12 12:42

    intense and thick reading

  • Alan
    2019-05-21 19:41

    I've got a 1968 edition though, and it has my old school stamp in it - did I nick it?

  • Syd Amir
    2019-05-18 18:38

    کتاب به تفصیل و همراه تصاویر نقاشی ها هنرمندان تاثیر گزار و پس از آن سبک های هنری قرن بیستم را شرح میدهدکیفیت چاپ و تصاویر هم بسیار عالی است