Criticism, art history, biography -- from Manet to the present. Realism, impressionism, cubism, surrealism -- they are all there. If you like them, and understand them, maybe you'll like and understand this book. As for me -- I don't. The text is liberally illustrated with black and white reproductions of the paintings of the artists:- Manet, Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, Pissaro, Sisley, Degas, Seurat, Van Gogh, Lautrec, Picasso, Matisse, Gauguin, Chirico, Modigliani -- and many less well known.