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History of Modern Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture

History of Modern Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture. by H. H. Arnason, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1968

H. H. Arnason’s History of Modern Art is guaranteed to become a bestselling textbook. In terms of the college market, the book has all of the “proper” ingredients: it is generously illustrated with black and white reproductions and colorplates of the highest quality; it contains more information on more painters, sculptors and architects from more countries than any other single volume published to date; it pursues its subject from the beginning of the 19th century to the late 1960s; finally, it faces virtually no competition—there simply are no high-quality textbooks for the modern period of art history. Arnason’s contribution does not alter the latter situation, but the majority of college teachers will probably find it irresistible nevertheless: it seems an ultimate in comprehensiveness,

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