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Boswell, Peyton Jr., Modern American Painting, New York, Dodd Mead & Company, 1940, First Edition, folio (13.5" x 10.75"), HB, dark blue cloth bds w/ gilt titles on front & spine, G+ / none. Boards mildly faded, wear at extremities, darkened spine, interior clean.

169 pages, 89 illustrations in full color. 60 American painters are listed, selected from the series on contemporary American artists published in LIFE magazine. Included are detailed biographies for each artist listed. From Boswell's foreword: "This volume, dedicated to America's new school of native painting, was possible only because of "Life's" deep interest in the growth of American art appreciation and the fact that its editors had sagaciously recognized the presence of an authentic American School even before it became the vital movement it is today. "Life," as one more contribution to the cause of American Art, has generously made available to the publishers of MODERN AMERICAN PAINTING the beautiful full-color plates which in the following pages herald the coming-of-age of art in the New World. All except one of the paintings reproduced in this book are, therefore, a selection from "Life's" fine continuing series on American artists and it would not have been possible to present these expensive engravings for so moderate a price had not "Life" made its plates available in book form....Following the principal text of the book, the reader will find, arranged in alphabetical order, biographies of each of the artists and comments about the paintings that are reproduced here."

This landmark book has been described by scholars as one of the 3 most important "documents" in the development of an indigeneous American Art. "Modern American Painting" appeared in 1940 and became the bible of "American Scene" or regionalism painting. Some of the artists represented: George Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, George Biddle, Henry Billings, Arnold Blanch, Aaron Bohrod, Louis Bouche, Robert Brackman, Alexander Brook, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, John Carroll, Jon Corbino, John Steuart Curry, Jerry Farnsworth (and other Provincetown artists), John Sloan, Paul Sample, Edna Reindel, William C. Palmer, Raphael Soyer, John McCrady (and other southern artists), Luigi Lucioni, Edward Laning, Leon Kroll, Georgina Klitgard (and lots of other women artists), Peter Hurd, Edward Hopper, Alexandre Hogue, William Gropper (and other WPA artists), Emil Ganso, Edwin Fulwider, Lauren Ford, Georgia O'Keefe (and other Steiglitz school artists), Ward Lockwood (and other Santa Fe / Taos artists), Waldo Pierce, Peter Blume, Ralston Crawford, Henry Varnum Poor, Ralston Crawford, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Charles Sheeler, Eugene Speicher, Frederic Taubes, Reginald Marsh (and other Art Students League artists), Yasuo Kuniyoshi (and other Woodstock artists), Grant Wood, and more.    [Book ID # 369]


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