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Modern Art. A History from Impressionism to Today

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Over 200 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and conceptual pieces trace the story of modern art’s innovation and adventure. With explanatory texts for each work, and essays introducing each of the major modern movements, this is an authoritative overview of the ideas and the artworks that shook up standards, assaulted the establishment, and trailblazed new ideas.
Hardcover5.5 x 7.7 in.2.31 lb696 pages
“Groundbreaking works by pioneers of modernism.”
Modern Art. A History from Impressionism to Today

Modern Art. A History from Impressionism to Today


Modern Matters

A blow-by-blow account of modern art movements

Most art historians agree that the modern art adventure first developed in the 1860s in Paris. A circle of painters, whom we now know as Impressionists, began painting pictures with rapid, loose brushwork. They turned to everyday street life for subjects, instead of overblown heroic scenes, and they escaped the power of the Salon by organizing their own independent exhibitions.

After this first assault on the artistic establishment, there was no holding back. In a constant desire to challenge, innovate, and inspire, one modernist style supplanted the next: Symbolism, Expressionism, Futurism, Dada, abstract art, renewed Realism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimal and conceptual practice.

This indispensable overview traces the restless energy of modern art with a year-by-year succession of the groundbreaking artworks that shook standards and broke down barriers. Introductory essays outline the most significant and influential movements alongside explanatory texts for each major work and its artist.
The editor

Hans Werner Holzwarth is a book designer and editor specializing in contemporary art and photography. His TASCHEN publications include the Collector’s Editions Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Albert Oehlen, Neo Rauch, Ai Weiwei, Beatriz Milhazes, Julian Schnabel, Georg Baselitz, Glenn Brown, the David Hockney SUMO A Bigger Book, as well as monographs such as the XXL-sized Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Modern Art. A History from Impressionism to Today
Hardcover14 x 19.5 cm1.05 kg696 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-5537-1

Edition: Spanish

ISBN 978-3-8365-5538-8

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-5539-5

Edition: English
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10 Ratings

Comprehensive and well written

Davide,October 28, 2021
Compact and well written overview over the artistic directions from the impressionists up to the contemporary expressions. Mostly agree with the choice of pictures. Good work.


Jean-Jacques,October 28, 2021
Complete review of the contempory art

Complete guide

Alessio,October 27, 2021
A very complete and interesting text on contemporary art with beautiful images

Grab a coffee and relax

Katarina,October 27, 2021
Pleasing to the eye and soul

Eyecatcher love it!

Flávia,October 27, 2021
Eyecatcher love it!