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What is Painting?: Representation and Modern Art (1999)

by Julian Bell

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    Modern Art 1851-1929: Capitalism and Representation by Richard R. Brettell (giovannigf)
    giovannigf: Julian Bell's "What Is Painting? Representation and Modern Art" is the perfect complement to Richard Brettell's "Modern Art 1851-1929: Capitalism and Representation." The first, written by a painter, gives a very thorough, very even-handed, and well thought-out history of modern painting from a formal point of view - essentially, he explains what artists were trying to achieve in painting from the late 19th century to the end of the 20th. Brettell, on the other hand, gives us a more objective view of the forces behind modern art - economic and social - and includes unexpected influences such as the invention of the photograph, the rise of the museum, and the power of the bourgeoisie. Reading both these books will give you a satisfyingly well-rounded education on modern art.… (more)
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