MODERN ENGLISH PAINTERS: Wood to Hockney by John Rothenstein

MODERN ENGLISH PAINTERS: Wood to Hockney

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It's a mad, mad editorial world when the ""long-awaited"" third volume of former Tare Gallery director Rothenstein's series on modern British painting has not been preceded -- at least in this country -- by the first two volumes. Did Sir John take the trouble in the earlier books to outline his aims and critical principles? There's bare mention here of his view that groupings and evolutionary models are fortuitous. Sixteen brief studies (among them Graham Sutherland, Francis Bacon, Bridget Riley, David Hockney) are illustrated with only thirty-four small black-and-white reproductions -- a mysteriously small sample of the eclecticism that, over a period of twenty-six years, ""completely transformed"" (The Times) the Tate.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1974
Publisher: St. Martin's Press