Against a background history of American art and the men who contributed to its development, the story is told of modern American art, from Whistler to the present day. Revolt in painting was imminent, and in 1908 came into being with Robert Henri and Childe Hassam. Many of Henri's pupils are the leading painters today. The weakest part of the book is that dealing with the modern group, which gives an impression of hasty reference and snap judgment. And the best sections are those devoted to the side factors in art, -- photography with Alfred Stieglitz as its precursor; and illustration, with emphasis on Pennell. There is also a chapter on cartooning and caricture and its place in the pattern. A useful survey, but not particularly challenging or new, in content or viewpoint. Good human interest. ""American "" refers to USA only.