15 American artists, from Gilbert Stuart to Jackson Pollock, are each given a knowledgeable biographical essay. Between ""born and died"" Mrs. Freedgood discusses the artists in terms of technique and supplies much insight into the cultural history of their various periods. The emerging theme is that of the artist as stubborn rebel. Although some enjoyed (or endured) acclaim in their own lifetimes, each fought against the pressures of public taste in insisting on his own. One excellent color reproduction of each man's work (carefully chosen to illuminate the author's discussion of methods) is bound at the center of the book. There is no question that more reproductions would have added to the book's value. However, it would have raised the price of this excellently written, beautifully printed and stoutly bound book. There is a short list of books for further reading. The bibliography is very complete.