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Modern Art. A History from Impressionism to Today

Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.31 lb, 696 pages
US$ 25
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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.

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Modern Matters

A blow-by-blow account of groundbreaking modernism
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, Ai Weiwei, and the David Hockney SUMO A Bigger Book, as well as monographs like the XXL-sized Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Modern Art. A History from Impressionism to Today
Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.31 lb, 696 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-5539-5
Edition: English
ISBN 978-3-8365-5537-1
Edition: Spanish
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Customer reviews (9)

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!

The perfect memory-refreshing modern art book

Gleris, October 27, 2021
It has been so long after the sought-after history classes at school that I remember with such nostalgy, but love for art and how it shapes out world (and vice-versa) still has remained intact. This book is the perfect summary about modern art movements and the artists who shaped them, but it's still quite detail oriented, making it a unique book, considering also the low, competitive price. Taschen is always a garancy.

Very good book

Ismini, October 27, 2021
Very good collection of modern artwork, useful guide for starters.


Luca, October 27, 2021
Comprehensive book of all major artists of the era. I’m using when I visit museums.


Gvantsa, February 08, 2022
me encanta el llibro!
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