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Painting the Century

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Norbert Lynton is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of Sussex. He has taught for many years, but also works as an art critic and exhibition curator. He has written extensively on architecture and modern art, including works on Paul Klee, Ben Nicholson and Victor Pasmore.

Robin Gibson was formerly the Chief Curator at the National Portrait Gallery. His previous publications include books on the photographer Madame Yevonde, the Sitwells and twentieth-century and contemporary portraiture.

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Painting the Century
101 Portrait Masterpieces 1900-2000
Robin Gibson
Introductory essay by Norbert Lynton

'the introductory essay... is a magisterial survey of 20th-century art'
Brian Sewell, Evening Standard

'Painting the Century the excellent book of a great exhibition of a sort that is unlikely ever to be repeated on this scale.'
The Times Higher Education

From Dix, Modigliani and Picasso, to Freud, Bacon and Warhol, Painting the Century celebrates the extraordinary history of the portrait in European and American art of the last one hundred years.

One hundred and one portraits, including some of the most important works of art of the last century, form a unique chronological overview of portraiture from 1900 to 2000. The works are presented, one for every year, against their historical and cultural contexts, complete with biographies for the artist; while timelines give the reader the main social, political and cultural events of each decade.

Featured in Icons of the Twentieth-Century on Channel 5.


248 x 196mm, 272 pages
125 illustrations, 111 in colour, bibliography and timelines
ISBN 1 85514 289 9
£30 (hardback)
ISBN 1 85514 313 5
£20 (paperback) (NPG Visitor Exclusive)

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