The History of Modern Art textbook is very helpful in many ways. Not only is the information in the body of the textbook good information to have, but the captions under the pictures are very useful as well. Also in the back of the book there is a ‘bibliography’ section, which gives sources to further investigate certain areas of modern art history.
There seems to be many different types of modern art, these types divide this textbook. For example, there is a section on ‘post-impressionism’ and there is a section on surrealism. This textbook does a great job of keeping the different collections of art separate.
Rather than just looking at these pieces of work on the textbook pages, you can also view them in the many modern art museums that are out there. There are over one hundred and sixty modern art museums. Each painting in the textbook has a caption that tells you the title and also where it can be found. This makes it so you can easily find these pieces online.
I found the museum websites to be very useful. For example, on page 202 in the textbook, figure 9.27 has an oil painting from Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Once you are on the museum website you search the artists name and title. This will bring you to a page with the painting and a ton of helpful information. Everything from the history of the artist or the painting itself, information on what kind of painting it is, and where it came from.
The bibliography section in the back of the Modern Art History textbook can be very helpful when interested in outside sources. The sources are all further readings and they are organized in order by the chapters in the textbook.
Overall, the Modern Art History textbook is full of useful information. But to better understand modern art history there are several ways to find different sources. The bibliography in the back of the textbook can be useful and also the museum’s websites have tons of helpful...
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