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A great introduction, and even more
on 27 July 2009
This volume of the Oxford History of art is a really good introduction to the topic of modern art between 1851 and 1929.
The author's writing style is very clear and lucid, and is very easy to follow as the text is explanatory without being patronizing.
Part I is mostly a chronological survey of the period, with the well-known succession of "-isms".
The following parts develop a thematic/critical approach to the period and expand the meaning introduced by the volume's subtitle "Capitalism and Representation".
Not all illustrations are full colour but most are, and most importantly, pictures are not only - not mainly - of well-known pictures but on valuable pictures of the times to support the explanation.