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In the era of celebrity culture, we are now more fascinated than ever with the lives of our leading artists. Creative personalities are always intriguing, and to learn something new about the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries - be they eccentric or sober, outspoken or reclusive - is compelling. Presented here are some of the most engaging life stories of our time, eventful, intimate and poignant. Lively short biographies, clearly grouped according to style and era, are illustrated with important works, self-portraits and photographs. Lucie-Smith vividly evokes the lives of these great personalities, from Picasso and Duchamp to Joseph Beuys and Louise Bourgeois, guiding the reader through the maze of different styles and movements with authority and verve. New entries on rising stars such as Marlene Dumas, Shirin Neshat and Zhang Xiaogang extend the book's scope to reach from 1900 to today.

Lives of the great modern artists - Edward Lucie-Smith

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Title
Lives of the great modern artists
Author
Edward Lucie-Smith
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Thames and Hudson
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20090803

In the era of celebrity culture, we are now more fascinated than ever with the lives of our leading artists. Creative personalities are always intriguing, and to learn something new about the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries - be they eccentric or sober, outspoken or reclusive - is compelling. Presented here are some of the most engaging life stories of our time, eventful, intimate and poignant. Lively short biographies, clearly grouped according to style and era, are illustrated with important works, self-portraits and photographs. Lucie-Smith vividly evokes the lives of these great personalities, from Picasso and Duchamp to Joseph Beuys and Louise Bourgeois, guiding the reader through the maze of different styles and movements with authority and verve. New entries on rising stars such as Marlene Dumas, Shirin Neshat and Zhang Xiaogang extend the book's scope to reach from 1900 to today.

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Edward Lucie-Smith is a well-known poet, biographer and writer on the visual arts. He has written more than sixty books about art, including Latin American Art of the 20th Century, American Realism and Sexuality in Western Art, all published by Thames & Hudson.

'A fascinating collection of some of the saddest, strangest and most intriguing life stories of our time' - Observer

'Well-chosen illustrations complement Lucie-Smith's authoritative text' - Daily Telegraph

Type
BOOK
Edition
Revised and expanded Edition
Keyword Index
Artists - Biography.|Art, Modern - 20th century.|Art, Modern - 21st century.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
368

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