How to Read a Modern Painting: Lessons from the Modern Masters

Jon Thompson
416 pages
700 color illustrations
9.5 x 6.75 inches

Modern art, with its complex themes and subtle characteristics can be intimidating for the casual observer. In this accessible, practical guide, author and instructor Jon Thompson explores more than 200 works, helping readers to unlock each painting’s meaning. Beginning with the Barbizon school and the Realist movement of the mid-19th century and continuing through the 1980s avant-garde, artists featured include Bonnard, Basquiat, Van Gogh, Picasso, Degas, Warhol, and Whistler. Thompson describes each artist’s use of media and symbolism and provides insightful biographical information.