Art Now. An Introduction to the Theory of Modern Painting and Sculpture

Art Now. An Introduction to the Theory of Modern Painting and Sculpture
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Art Now. An Introduction to the Theory of Modern Painting and SculptureArt Now. An Introduction to the Theory of Modern Painting and SculptureArt Now. An Introduction to the Theory of Modern Painting and Sculpture

Herbert Read.

London. Faber & Faber Limited. April 1934. First edition, second impression. First impression printed in October 1933. Black cloth-bound hardback, with blue and white titles and graphic linear design to front board and spine by McKnight Kauffer, initialled 'K; dust jacket designed by McKnight Kauffer. 144 pages. 128 full-page collotype plates. 210 x 150mm (8 x 6"). 0.6kg. . English. Very good in very good jacket; shelf wear to jacket, rubbing to folds and corners, 3 small nicks along edges, slight chipping at head of spine with a triangular area of loss to top left of front jacket, spine, rear jacket and top edge lightly darkened, a couple of light marks to front jacket, not price-clipped; cloth rubbed at head of spine, very light spotting to endpapers and edges, top edge dusty, very clean internally.

Herbert Read's important contemporary text on modern art, with the scarce jacket by McKnight Kauffer. Read explains the foundations and aesthetics of modern art, with a discussion of its departure from the traditional academic canon. The illustrations include examples of recent work of nearly every significant painter and sculptor, and the author divides the artists into four theoretical groups - 'From Science to Symbolism', 'Subjective Realism. The German Expressionist School', 'Abstraction' and 'Subjective Idealism'.

E. McKnight Kauffer's graphic dust jacket is a playful juxtaposition of photomontage and the drawn line. Only the first and second impressions of the book have the blue, black and white design. Subsequent printings have a red scheme, replacing the blue.

[Haworth-Booth, Mark. E. McKnight Kauffer. A Designer and his Public. p.69]

Price :  £180.00