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The Meaning of Art (Faber Modern Classics Edition)

Herbert Read

The classic art history work brought into the Faber Modern Classics series.

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Since its first appearance in 1931 Herbert Read’s introduction to the understanding of art has established itself as a classic of its kind. It provides a basis for the appreciation of paintings, sculpture and art-objects of all periods by defining the elements that went into their making.

A compact survey of the world’s art, from primitive cave-drawings to Jackson Pollock, The Meaning of Art explains the persistence of certain principles and aspirations throughout the history of art, and summarizes the essence of such movements as Gothic, Baroque, Impressionism, Expressionism and Surrealism.

This new Faber Modern Classics edition features a brand new foreword by Will Gompertz, BBC arts editor.


Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968) was a poet, and a literary and art critic. His experiences in the trenches led to his first collections of poetry; these in turn introduced him to the London literary world, and he contributed to T. S. Eliot’s journal The Criterion. From 1922 to 1931 he was a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum. In…

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