How to Read a Modern Painting

How to Read a Modern Painting

Understanding and Enjoying the Modern Masters

  1. Jon Thompson
  • ISBN 9780500286432
  • 24.00 x 17.00 cm
  • Flexibound PLC (no jacket)
  • 400pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2007
‘Liberally illustrated, well-designed and, above all, thoughtful … makes us eager to seek out the originals and discover them for ourselves’ – Art Quarterly

The complex themes and characteristics of modern art can intimidate and baffle the casual observer.

In this accessible, practical guide, Jon Thompson explores more than 200 works, helping readers to unlock each painting’s meaning. Beginning with the Barbizon school and the Realist movement of the mid-19th century and continuing right up to the 1980s avant-garde, he analyses works by some of the greatest and most popular artists of the modern era, including Bonnard, Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock, Rauschenberg, Warhol and Basquiat, describing each artist’s use of media and symbolism, and providing useful biographical information.

The perfect museum companion for art lovers everywhere, this book is a vibrant, informative trip through one of art history’s most compelling periods.

Jon Thompson is Emeritus Professor of Fine Art at Middlesex University.

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