Convinced that there is a modern renaissance in American art, Mr. Pearson, a well known critic and writer on modern art, speaks here about modern American art with a well informed assurance, but an expression bordering on the esoteric that relegates his appeals to the advance student. His goal- integrating the inheritance of Renaissance mastery with that from moderns, he accomplishes in part by brief accounts of many artists, in three parts- expressionism, realism and surrealism, and abstract and non-objective. Each part is prefaced with a definition of the type and in these, Mr. Pearson continues his introductory remarks in applying his interpretation of the basic philosophy that has grown from the modern movement and tying it into the grand tradition of history. Grosz, Blume and de Diego, three expressionists for example, were all disturbed with the life around them and-as did the later Renaissance realists, wanted to interpret it to mankind. Many and far reaching other examples of the sort, and a fresh theory, mark a new contribution to aesthetic criticism.