Contemporary Art in the Light of History

Contemporary Art in the Light of History

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Understand modern art through its links with art of the past.
Erwin Rosenthal’s Contemporary Art in the Light of History, originally published in 1971, is a small masterpiece of writing on the art of the twentieth century. A scholar of medieval art by training and a prominent antiquarian bookseller, Rosenthal, who died in l981, was equally entranced by modern art, particularly abstraction. His three linked essays in this book—“Contemporary Art in the Light of History,” “Art and Technology,” and “Art Theories and Manifestos, Old and New”—set out a path to understanding modern art through its affinities with the art of the past.

Rosenthal engages with some of the enduring aesthetic questions: How do new forms and new artistic vocabularies respond to the deepest human needs and impulses? What is the relationship between artistic theory and artistic expression? Nicolas Poussin’s mythological landscapes, Paul Klee’s graphic abstractions, Bridget Riley’s op-art compositions—these and many other examples from centuries of painting, sculpture, poetry, and music take us, in these pages, on a fascinating cultural journey with a sophisticated and lucid guide. Rosenthal’s explorations of the theory and practice of twentieth-century artists bring us directly into the minds and studios of modern artists. What is more, like his previous The Changing Concept of Reality in Art, already republished by Arcade, this book invites us into a great intimacy with the origins of art.


Baker & Taylor
Originally published in 1971, this masterpiece of writing on the art of the 20th century provides a fascinating cultural journey through the theory and practice of such artists as Nicolas Poussin, Paul Klee and Bridget Riley, answering a vast array of aesthetic questions and linking modern art to art of the past.

Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, 2013
ISBN: 9781611457551
1611457556
Branch Call Number: 709.04 ROSEN
Additional Contributors: Rosenthal, Julia
Esplund, Lance
Notes: Reprint of: Contemporary art in the light of history / Erwin Rosenthal. -- New York : G. Wittenborn, 1971

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