HOW TO UNDERSTAND MODERN ART by George Flanagan

HOW TO UNDERSTAND MODERN ART

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This book has been written for those who want to understand modern art, but whose repeated reaction to any example of it is ""But what is it?"". Mr. Flanagan explains the revolution that swung a group of artists away from the rather static, romantically pictorial style used by early Victorians -- the stages by which the various off-shoot groups developed into cubists, Dadaists, Fauvists, primitivists, and surrealists. There are short, but excellent biographical sketches of key figures in the development of modern art-- Cezanne, van Gogh, Gaughin, Seurat, Renoir, Rousseau, Matisse, and the most important of all, Picasso. Mr. Flanagan feels that modern art has about run its course and that it is now in the stage where academicians and secondary, imitative painters have taken over the ideas and techniques of the great originators, and that art is due for another upheaval and fresh start, as it was some 70 years ago when the modernists first asserted themselves.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1951
Publisher: Crowell