A splendidly illuminating and thought-provoking book This is a very attractive, lively and often colloquial history of art from the Pre-Impressionists (Delacroix, Courbet) to the present time. In this story Gompertz always tells us what artists were trying to do. It is fairly well known what the Impressionists and Expressionists were trying to do, but many people find it difficult to articulate what exactly the Cubists and then abstract or conceptual artists were aiming at. Gompertz is a genial guide to an INTELLECTUAL understanding – though…
Refreshing I’ve read so much about modern art over the years, listened to lectures, bought books, Googled. This lively well-written, engaging history pulls everything together in a straightforward accessible way.
Accessible writing in an arcane field Written entertainingly in language you can understand. Gompertz is an expert and an intellectual but he sticks to terminology which is helpful rather than obstructive â unlike so many other jargon-filled art books by authors who are so up themselves and insist on using all the two-dollar words, pretentious language and and arcane ‘explanations’. So, good for Gompertz! Obviously in a book at this level there’s not a massive amount of depth, but for for an overall picture this is better than…
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