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How to Read a Modern Painting: Lessons from the Modern Masters

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  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
  • Pages: 400
  • Illustrations: 700 in full color
  • Binding: Flexi-cover
  • Dimensions: 7'' x 10''
  • Format: Paperback
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  • ISBN: 9780810949447



By Jon Thompson

Modern paintings, although extremely popular, are often challenging for the casual observer to comprehend. In this volume, author Jon Thompson guides the reader through over 200 paintings by 140 artists, from Bonnard and Basquiat to Warhol and Whistler, exploring the characteristic qualities of each work in the context of the rest of the artist's oeuvre and his main influences.

Beginning with the Barbizon school and the Realist movement of the mid- nineteenth century, Thompson leads the reader through more than a century of painting, right up to the avant-garde movement of the 1980s. Supplementing main examples with related works both contemporary and historical, Thompson explores each artists use of media and symbolism and provides biographical information to help the reader unlock the paintings meaning.

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