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The first artists to sketch an answer to all this were the Cubists. Even today,
seventy years after they were painted, the key Cubist paintings can be obscure.
They seem hard to grasp; in some ways they are almost literally illegible. They do
It trained his style away from synthetic Cubist uncertainty, towards the structures
of calm, overlapping planes and transparencies that appeared in the work of
Juan Gris and Henri Laurens. If ever a group of paintings made concrete the
The impulse that transformed his development, pushing it out into the deeper
currents of modernist history, was Cubism. Given the link through Cubism,
Mondrian's progression from nature to abstraction was utterly convincing. Not
only did his ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Wonderful pictures - some even full page! Nice overview of the last hundred years or so of art (through the 1980s) -- wow, and to think I've lived through about thirty years of this...(!). Read full review
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Coming late to the party, this tie-in to an early 1980s TV documentary series, I both like reading his poignant and wide-ranging introduction to 20th century art (that remains very wedded to the 19th ... Read full review