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A Concise History of Modern Painting

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Comprehensive, authoritative, highly readable and generously illustrated, Herbert Read's text has been rightly acknowledged as "by far the best introduction to the subject" (Alan Bowness) and "throughout, lively and closely packed" (Hugh Casson). Here is modern painting from its roots in the work of Cezanne, through Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism and Dada in the early ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published February 17th 1985 by Thames Hudson (first published January 1st 1959)
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Diogenis Papadopoulos
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Η "Ιστορία της Μοντέρνας Ζωγραφικής" του Χ. Ρηντ είναι ένας αναλυτικός οδηγός στον κόσμο της σύγχρονης τέχνης για τους αμύητους και μυημένους. Από τον Σεζάν μέχρι τον αφηρημένο εξπρεσιονισμό είναι η αρχική μορφή του Χ.Ρηντ. Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο δεν κυκλοφορεί πλέον στα ελληνικά αν και εγώ το βρήκα από τις εκδόσεις "Υποδομή"(1978), το οποίο είναι η συμπληρωμένη έκδοση του 1974 με επιπλέον ένα κεφάλαιο που αναφέρεται στην περίοδο από το '60 και μετά. Για τους λάτρεις της τέχνης, απαραίτητο.
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book in Ndola, Zambia, for my very artistic wife who was already familiar with most of the painters that Read describes. As with many gifts, I read the thing mainly for my benefit and profited greatly by it, having been uneducated in the arts up to that time.
Alexander Sidorov
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Читается тяжеловато, процентов 75 из приведенных в книге фамилий для человека не сильно увлеченного живописью совершенно не знакомы. Из того, что отложилось у меня:
1. Кандинский - отец современного искусства, в широком смысле этого слова;
2. Пикассо - его самый яркий представитель;
3. Русское искусство, к сожалению, закончилось на Малевиче и Татлине;
4. Все, что было после Джексона Поллока вызывает вопросы даже у автора книги, т.е. пытаться это понять непосвященному зрителю задача бессмысленная.
Anatoly Gladky
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
История действительно краткая, сыплется много имен и запомнить и выделить хоть кого-то нереально. Требуется долгое, вдумчивое чтение. Хорошо как стартовая книга, дальше советую погружаться отдельно в эпохе. Иллюстрации классные.
Sergey Tchigak
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Очень хорошая книга - если вы читали 1 или более книг по искусству 20 века, эта будет в самый раз.
П.С. Особенно хорошо рассказали про Сутина и Кондинского - гранд респектунг.
John Arnold
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I am somewhat familiar with this subject and I can say that this work gave me more insight into the familiar artists, and listed many other less-familiar artists' names that I might want to look up on Google images.
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have an unease relationship with modern paintings. They come in their esoteric, even private language, depicting something entirely obscured from everyday reference. What I am looking at? What am I supposed to think and feel in the presence of this or that painting? and Most importantly, what I am missing by not trying to understand it? Hence the reading of this book which promises to bring philosophic thoughts to the modern paintings.

This book teaches the reader to understanding modern
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This is a good, small-sized edition that is easy to carry around and read. The binding is tight and the signatures are folded and glued, not sewn. It could easily become dog-eared. My copy has held up well, but I have taken great care not to crack the spine, so I'm not sure how well it would hold up if treated roughly. Don't be put off by the fact of its having a ratio of 118 colored images to 500 total illustrations. The colored plates are overwhelmingly dominant, spread nicely throughout the ...more
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Not bad -- Maybe a high 3 -- I'm not going to finish this, and will mark as 'get-the-picture' (no pun intended)

I was completely wrong about this book - there is a lot of good material in it. I am now in the chapter on Futurism, Dada, and Surrealism, and learning a lot. The book is not well organized - the writer wanders about, and the prints are out of place -- he talks about early Chagall in the section on Dada (Post WWI), and later Chagall in the section on Cubism, and prints the the pictures
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's interesting to see how your opinions can change. A few years ago, I read this book as a student and now I'm reading it as a teaching assistant. In these several years since my last reading, I would like to think I have gained knowledge on the subject of this book which enabled me to grasp its full meaning and get the most out of it - and there definitely is a lot to get out of it. I'd recommend this to any student of art or art history or simply anyone interested in modern art. Read ...more
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Almost absolutely loved this book, the sort of art history text I imagined must exist when I was dropping out of art history classes that were based on textbooks full of the standard watered-down cliches of any particular movement. I feel I found what I have been searching for. I would have wholly loved it had Read included more than the passing mention of one or two artists who are female. It would be suitable if some disregard this entire book for its patriarchal viewpoint/exclusion of a ...more
Megan Noel
Jul 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
intense and thick reading
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've got a 1968 edition though, and it has my old school stamp in it - did I nick it?
Syd Amir
Oct 25, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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کتاب به تفصیل و همراه تصاویر نقاشی ها هنرمندان تاثیر گزار و پس از آن سبک های هنری قرن بیستم را شرح میدهد
کیفیت چاپ و تصاویر هم بسیار عالی است
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Sir Herbert Edward Read, DSO, MC was an English anarchist poet, and critic of literature and art.
Also published as Herbert Read.

He was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Jung's collected works in English.
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“Modern man has been in search of a new language of form to satisfy new longings and aspirations - longings for mental appeasement, aspirations to unity, harmony, serenity - an end to his alienation from nature. All these arts of remote times or strange cultures either give or suggest to the modern artist forms which he can adapt to his needs, the elements of a new iconography.” 2 likes
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