Painting The Century: 101 Portrait Masterpieces 1900-2000

Painting The Century: 101 Portrait Masterpieces 1900-2000

Painting the Century: 101 Portrait Masterpieces 1900-2000

From Boldini, Schiele, Grosz and Picasso to Hockney, Freud and the latest wave of new emerging artists, this book celebrates the turbulent history and extraordinary revolutions in styles and attitudes towards the portrait in European and American art throughout the 20th century. One hundred portraits, including cultural icons and some of the most important works of art from the last century, are here presented chronologically to form an overview of portraiture and the portrait from 1900 to 2000. The text places each work in its cultural and artistic context, and gives biographies for all the artists illustrated.

From Library Journal
London's National Portrait Gallery celebrated the millennium with an exhibit of major portraits from around the world one portrait representing each year of the century. This book is the companion volume. Gibson, chief curator of the National Portrait Gallery, devised the exhibit, and the accompanying book begins with his explanation of the concept, followed by an informative essay by Norbert Lynton (emeritus, art history, Univ. of Sussex) titled "Portraits from a Pluralist Century." A year-by-year table of historic and cultural events prefaces each decade. Well-known and more obscure artists and...

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