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20th century painters and sculptors
Spalding, Frances.
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Woodbridge, Suffolk : Antique Collectors' Club, 1990.
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482 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm.
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N6768 .S73 1990 V.6 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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20th Century Painters and Sculptors encompasses not only the most complex but the most colourful period in the development of British Art. From the tidy subject groupings of the 19th century (genre scenes, child studies, historical, landscape etc.) the modern artist has explored the most abstract and intense expressions of his art. Schools of artists have worked together, movements have espoused artistic and social theories, wars have influenced subjects. Terms like Surrealism, Abstraction, Post-impressionism, Pop Art and the Modem Movement are in constant use but not always understood or their followers known.

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An alphabetical dictionary of 7,000 British painters and sculptors of the 20th century, selected by the author on the basis of their artistic contributions. Entries are varied in length according to artist; however, even for the most well known, they are quite short. Bibliographies are included at the end of entries. This unique reference tool, the first volume this reviewer has seen in this series, supplements J. Johnson and A. Greutzner's Dictionary of British Artists, 1880-1940 (Woodbridge, UK, 1976). Adding to the reference value of Spalding's book is the 43-page introduction, which gives a valuable in-depth history of British art for this period--including the influences, movements, and main artists responsible. Finally, and by no means least valuable, are the numerous reproductions, many in color. Portraits of artists are not included. Given the excellent quality of paper and binding, plus the quantity and quality of the illustrative material (not to mention a wealth of information), the price is not unreasonable. A book rich in information not readily available otherwise from any one source. -R. P. Sasscer, Catholic University of America