PRINT March 1968


American Art Since 1900

Barbara Rose, American Art Since 1900, illus., Praeger.

In trying to evaluate Barbara Rose’s book, American Art Since 1900, one thing to keep in mind is that the book was written for the Praeger World of Art series. These books are not addressed to a public of any special seriousness and they are not intended to be very closely read. It is unfair to expect very much of them, and since they usually corroborate this modest view I doubt if Miss Rose’s book would have been reviewed at all in this magazine if she were not a regular contributor to it. Certainly it is a routine production, but my opinion is that it is more routine than such books need to be, and since I shall criticize it I should say at the outset that I know what it was intended to be and that my criteria have been such as I think appropriate for a book of this sort, not for something more ambitious. There are some popular books,

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