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Realism in 20th Century Painting

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
This first ever survey of the subject demonstrates that realism has had a continuous yet restlessly changing place in American and European painting throughout the twentieth century -- from Eakins, Bellows, and Homer, through Vuillard, Bonnard, Schiele, Morandi, Hopper, and Giacometti, to Balthus, Lucian Freud, and David Hockney.Most accounts of twentieth-century art have ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Thames & Hudson
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Jun 27, 2016 Lise rated it it was ok
La définition du réalisme est complexe or faire un livre sur cette partie de l'histoire de l'art mérite une définition générale qui n'est pas présente. La lecture devient donc compliquée puisque l'auteur se perd dans des détails qui n'ont pas lieu d'être dans une introduction. De plus, le propos et son développement n'est pas assez recentré autour de l'argumentation. La masse d'information est perdue dans un volume de texte qui gagnerait à être beaucoup plus concis pour être beaucoup plus lisibl ...more
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Jul 09, 2011 Ed Smiley rated it liked it
Not a bad book. I think that it follows conventional critical practice by deconstructing "realism", but somewhat tends to put Humpty Dumpty back together again for you. This is a small survey book, the reproductions are itty bitty, but that seems to work all right. It does make the salient point that there are "realisms", and that realism brings with it certain concerns that have implications for all kinds of painting, not just strictly representational work.
Dec 11, 2010 Spotsalots is currently reading it
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This seems like a really good overview. It examines realism in the sense of 19th-century Realism (Courbet et al.) rather than in the sense of visually plausible representation, so leaves out artists like Lempicka, Gill, Meštrovic. Its weakness, from what I've read so far, is that it doesn’t seem to include Eastern Europe, China, or Japan, only Russia. But it should be a good textbook.
Megan Noel
Jul 09, 2008 Megan Noel rated it it was amazing
not light reading but really helped me put more meaning to my work and understand why i am drawn to realism in modern painting...
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