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This is probably one of the worst-written books I've ever read. I gave it a star for the assemblage of painters and for the color reproductions, but the writing was abysmal. It read like notes for an unwritten book, with little relation of the quality of the work. Some snarky comments about achievements and personal lives, but I would think there'd be extensive talk about why these artists were considered realists. In Homer's case, that's an arguable proposition anyway. And where was the editor? ...more