Marcel Proust once said, ""Thanks to art, instead of seeing only one world, our own, we see it under multiple forms, and as many as there are original artists."" The author carries out this theory in an attempt to make contemporary painting communicable to more laymen. He demonstrates the variety of interpretations possible to many painters by doing many versions, in varied styles, of the same subject matter. We have not seen the illustrations. The text is lucid. The theme is hardly controversial. There is a capsule critique and analysis of those schools which were precursors of the contemporary scene.