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By Edward Lucie-Smith

A vintage account of the background of the visible arts because the struggle, now considerably revised and up-to-date to incorporate the newest tendencies. «A transparent, swift-moving narrative and a strikingly eclectic set of illustrations.» (Los Angeles usher in- Examiner) «A renowned presentation of the festival of latest paintings, either sculpture and painting.» (Library magazine) «Contrives to hide the tangled overseas scene with either readability and good judgment .... A human and readable discourse.» (The Observer, London).

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Miro, too, fond of cosmic symbols, but paints them more lightly and crisply, without too much stress on their deeper meanings. Gottlieb's work makes me feel that I am being asked to take a weighty significance on trust. This significance is not inherent in the colour or the brushwork; one has to recognize the symbol and make the historical connection. The limitations I find in the work of Rothko and Gottlieb seem to me to be shared by the earlier work of Philip Guston, and by that of Franz Kline.

Frank O'Hara describes the artist as being 'tortured with self-doubt and tormented by anxiety'. 11 Pollock would not, however, have made the impact he did, first in America and subsequently in Europe, if he had been completely isolated as a painter. The real father-figure of the New York school of painting during the post-war years was probably the veteran Hans Hofmann, who exercised great influence as a teacher, and whose late style shows how keen was his sympathy with what the younger men were doing.

In what I'm only after a sort of 'get acquainted' period that I see what I have been about. , because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. doing. I the painting I'm not aware of It is Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and the painting comes out well. 7 Compare this to surrealist text, as Breton's instructions as to how to take, and produce a given in the manifesto of 1924: Have someone bring you writing materials after getting your mind's Put yourself in the most passive, or receptive, state you can.

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