Another huge lifeless book to weigh down the coffee table. True, this compendium of the work of three disparate brothers is...

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THE BROTHERS DUCHAMP: Jacques Villon, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Marcel Duchamp

Another huge lifeless book to weigh down the coffee table. True, this compendium of the work of three disparate brothers is well produced and--in the stock phrase--extensively illustrated (50 in color, 150 in black-and-white), but the discussion of art is on the level, at best, of gallery-talk interpretation; the prose is as stiff and characterless as plaster--graceless on Villon, humorless about Duchamp; the many particulars are irretrievable through lack of an index; works cited and described are either not illustrated or else to be found only by chance pages later; captions often appear in a block, preceding a long picture inset; and Villon, delicate in line and wash, is over-represented by oils--especially from his later years--that are best forgotten. Even as a gift, a white elephant.

Pub Date: Aug. 31, 1976

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: N. Y. Graphic Society/Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1976