Masterpieces of 20th-Century Art from the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
by Schmalenbach, Werner
Munich: Prestel, 1990. English edition. Hardcover. VG (Slight scuffs to dj, otherwise quite nice.). Gray cloth with red title block on spine, blue & color illus. dust jacket, illus. flyleaves, 354 pp., 176 color illus. & 419 BW illus. Documents this museum's 20th-century art collection, which is "the work of one man: its first director, Werner Schmalenbach. Schmalenbach's acquisitions policy has been determined solely by considerations of quality. He has focused his attention on the intrinsic artistic value of each work, on its proven ability to stand the test of time, and not on its status as a representative of a particular style or period. The result is one of the finest of all collections of twentieth-century art. ... The author concentrates in his text on the specific artistic character of the works discussed, while also placing them in the context of art-historical developments in general. He leads the reader into the world of each picture ..." (dj) A beautiful book.
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