Great Masters of European Painting

Great Masters of European Painting

by Monique De Beaucorps, Raoul Ergmann
     
 

This comprehensive survey lays out in chronological progression the lives and works of the artists whose masterpieces make up the history of European painting, from the late Gothic masters of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries to the Cubists and Surrealists of the early twentieth century, to the postmodernists of our own day. In the work of these artists we can… See more details below

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This comprehensive survey lays out in chronological progression the lives and works of the artists whose masterpieces make up the history of European painting, from the late Gothic masters of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries to the Cubists and Surrealists of the early twentieth century, to the postmodernists of our own day. In the work of these artists we can observe the great movements of art history - the dawn of the Renaissance, the birth of Realism, and the rise of abstraction. The artists are represented by full-color illustrations of their most important and characteristic paintings, accompanied by concise, authoritative discussions of their life and work.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Translated from the 1997 French original, Great Masters adds nothing to the understanding of European painting. Not the "comprehensive survey" it claims to be, instead this offers one artist on one page with one picture (or occasionally two or three) and a potted biography and discussion. There are a few unusual images from French and Spanish provincial collections, but there is no intellectual content or apparent plan for the volume other than a chronological one; the single-page chronologies of historical and cultural events for each century are too brief and baldly presented. Although the plates are large and generally pretty good, this title is not recommended for library collections: nearly all the images exist in standard surveys (Janson, Gardner, etc.), which also supply highly superior discussions of context and art historical narrative.--Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Libs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810941311
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
9.78(w) x 11.77(h) x 1.74(d)

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