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How to Read a Modern Painting: Lessons from the Modern Masters

by Jon Thompson

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Modern art, filled with complex themes and subtle characteristics, is a wonder to view, but can be intimidating and baffling to the casual observer. In this accessible, practical guide, Jon Thompson analyses more than 200 works of modern art, describing each artistâs use of media and symbolism to help the reader unlock the paintingâs meaning. The book also offers biographical information on all the featured artists.
  rossah | Jun 30, 2012 |
To the untrained eye, modern art can be confusing or appear meaningless. Jon Thompson provides a methodical approach to understanding the artistic merit and meaning behind
  Shinsengumi | Apr 9, 2011 |
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Kijken naar moderne kunst is een genot. Maar soms laten kijkers zich afschrikken doordat het werk op het eerste gezicht ingewikkeld en ontoegankelijk lijkt. In dit kunstboek bespreekt Jon Thompson meer dan 200 schilderijen en helpt hij de lezer de betekenis ervan te ontsluieren. Hij behandelt werken van de grote en bekende schilders van de 19e en 20e eeuw, vanaf het realisme van Courbet tot en met de graffitikunst van Basquiat. Monet, Ensor, Van Gogh, Picasso, Kahlo, Pollock, Bacon, Warhol en vele anderen passeren de revue: hun levensloop, hun stijl en materiaalgebruik en de betekenis of symboliek van hun schilderijen. Deze sprankelende en informatieve gids is een ideale handleiding voor kunstliefhebbers, een wereldwijde rondleiding langs de hoogtepunten van een van de intrigerendste perioden uit de kunstgeschiedenis.
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Modern art, filled with complex themes and subtle characteristics, is a wonder to view, but can be intimidating for the casual observer to comprehend. In this accessible, practical guide, author and instructor 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 through the 1980s avant-garde, artists including Bonnard, Basquiat, Van Gogh, Picasso, Degas, Warhol, and Whistler are featured. Thompson describes each artist’s use of media and symbolism and provides insightful biographical information. A natural companion to Abrams’ How to Read a Painting, this book is a vibrant, informative trip through one of art history’s most compelling periods.

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This guide analyses more than 200 works of modern art, describing each artist's use of media and symbolism and provides biographical information to help the reader unlock the painting's meaning.

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