THE ARTIST IN HIS STUDIO by Alexander Liberman


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The art director of Conde Nast, himself a photographer, painter and writer, has done an unusual and very beautiful art book on 100 years of artists of the School of Paris, their works, their philosophies, their aims. The exhibition which was launched at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) in 1959 provides the springboard, though the inclusion is considerably expanded. This is not a history of the period- nor even a composite biography. Rather it is a very individual approach to the individual artist- a total of 39 modern masters from the Impressionists on to the present. Not only is there sufficient of interest along the biographical lines, but something of their personalities, their homes, their tastes, the backgrounds that produced them. Liberman views the environment as an important role in development; he sees in the methods of work, studios, eccentricities something vital to the recording of the core of creative work. The familiar figures are all here- Brancusi, Braque, Cezanne, Chagall, Dali, Kupka, Le Corbusier, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Utrillo- but there are as many and more not commonly included and adding immensely to the rounded whole. Some superb reproductions of representative work- these in color- and a generous diversity of photographs which provide the personal, human touch given in the text- combine to make this one of the important art works of this- or any- season.

Publisher: Viking