Isms : Understanding Art

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This is an easy to use guide to a wide range of art 'isms'. From the isms of the Renaissance to the isms of now, it gives a practical introduction to all the significant isms that have shaped art history. For each ism, there is a definition, an introduction to the topic, lists of key artists, key words, and key works as well as suggestions of other isms that the reader might be interested in. This book should be a must for everyone who is interested in art - whether they be Sunday afternoon visitors to galleries, art students or the more knowledgeable art more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 140 x 198 x 16mm | 381.02g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • A & C Black Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. col. ill.
  • 0713670118
  • 9780713670110
  • 73,540

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If you don't know your impressionism from your cubism, or your classicism from your romanticism, here is a pocket-sized guide aimed at guiding you through the art labyrinth. Art expert Stephen Little deals with all the major 'isms' and many minor ones too, presenting colour illustrations to highlight each 'ism' and offering words of advice in what to look for, what other 'isms' complement or contradict it, and a list of places to see paintings that confirm his points. The book is broken down into six sections, with many sub-sections in each. Little cleverly shows how individual artists have influenced their own 'ism' and tells you a little of their background. In addition he focuses on major works of each particular 'ism' and gives a commentary on what to look for when viewing it at a gallery. A great introduction to a subject that can seem daunting to the uninitiated. (Kirkus UK)show more

About Stephen Little

Stephen Little is a graduate of the Courtauld Institute. He is currently the editor of the Royal Academy website and he is the frequent contributor to various art more

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