Mr. Rogers explains the title when he says, ""While the old style picture was a picture of, the 'modern' picture is a picture"". After accurately defining the term ""modern"" the author shows how modern art grew from the deep roots of the past, ow it changed and branched out into Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Futurism, nonobjective etc. (all of which are clearly, expertly defined) by discussing the various developments. Given great attention and credit are Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Mondrian. Owing to the depth and extent of the author's knowledge and to his complete mastery of his medium -- words--the ook is as fiery and exciting as the art which it illuminates. Highest credit goes to the author for one of those rare books which is exceptional in every respect. Adult art enthusiasts too can learn much from this remarkable study.