100 Masterpieces of Painting: From Lascaux to Basquiat, From Florence to Shanghai


100 Masterpieces of Painting: From Lascaux to Basquiat, From Florence to Shanghai History
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A renowned French art critic has chosen one hundred of the world's greatest paintings from all periods and traditions of art. From Chinese calligraphy to the Mona Lisa, and from Mexican wall murals to Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie, the multicultural and chronological scope of 100 Masterpieces of Painting offers a comprehensive approach to the development of painting. While other volumes offer a repetitive template of photos and text, 100 Masterpieces of Painting presents the paintings in a lively design that reflects the style of the individual artists, mimicking the evolving history of painting on the printed page. The author situates each work in the artist's oeuvre and establishes the role it played in the evolution of painting. Japanese prints, Indian paintings of the grottos of Ajanta, illuminated manuscript from the Book of Kells, Russian icons, and the works of the Great Masters—this is an essential addition to the library of any art lover.

Editorial Reviews

A clearly ordered survey of world art aimed at a general audience is a mainstay of the art publishing industry. At first glance, this coffee-table book of 100 of the world's paintings from all periods, with its beautiful color reproductions and snappy commentary, seems a worthwhile purchase for any public library. The works range from the Mona Lisa to Mexican wall murals and draw from both the Eastern and Western traditions. The scholarship is solid if decidedly brief. Unfortunately, a quarter of the way through, readers interested in the arts will begin to notice the lack of female artists. This is more than a question of political correctness; Nuridsany (China Art Now ), art critic for the Paris newspaper Le Figaro , leaves the reader with a distorted view of art history. In the 1970s, Linda Nochlin's groundbreaking essay, "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?," kicked off a debate over who has the power to determine the quality of art, feminism, and gender. Scholars such as Whitney Chadwick and Griselda Pollock and activists like The Guerilla Girls (www.guerillagirls.com ) have changed the way we think about art and its associated practices. Curiously, this shift is not reflected in Nuridsany's text. Not recommended.—Katherine C. Adams, Yale Univ. Lib.

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