THE OBSERVER’S BOOK OF MODERN ART by WILLIAM GAUNT
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Full title: “The Observer’s Book of Modern Art: From Impressionism to the Present Day”
With 16 colour plates & 52 monochrome original reproductions.
Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd.’s “The Observer’s Series,” #34
Signed & dated by the author (1986).
Jacket ill.: Ben Nicholson, Dust Blue (1960).
This solid little volume from William Gaunt is a timeless contribution to the “Observer’s Series” from Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd., in which Gaunt maps out a constellation of historical, formal, material, conceptual, and other contexts to better understand this point in the modern art movement. Published in 1964, this volume takes its starting place on the proverbial art history timeline of the mid-twentieth century, starting with “Impressionism” to trace emerging movements ike Cubism and Bauhaus, creative communities and their patterns of influence over one another’s work, and the major artists and works that are now eponymous with the history of modern art. A personal private collection, the reference catalogue’s colour plates and monochrome original reproductions have been brilliantly preserved over time, while the historical survey and analyses provide a helpful framework for the habits of observation for meaningful encounters with art, its history, and looking itself.