Modern American Painting

Modern American Painting

Modern American Painting

Modern American Painting

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A new and powerful instrument has been placed at the service of American art. When C. Powell Minnegerode, director of the Corcoran Gallery, sent the following telegram to Henry Luce, congratulating Life on its Pageant of America series of contemporary painting commissions, he expressed the overwhelming opinion of the entire American art world. Said Mr. Minnegerode: "Life's commissioning of these paintings is a further step in the program of art education which, over the past two years, has made Life the most significant single force in the appreciation of art in America." Corcoran's director had put into words the thoughts of all of us who, through the years, have labored to do in our small circumscribed area what Life is doing on a national scale.

This volume, dedicated to America's new school of native painting, was possible only because of Life's deep interest in the growth of American art appreciation and the fact that its editors had sagaciously recognized the presence of an authentic American School even before it became the vital movement it is today. Life, as one more contribution to the cause of American Art, has very generously made available to the publishers of Modern American Painting the beautiful full-color plates which in the following pages herald the coming-of-age of art in the New World.

All except one of the paintings reproduced in this book are, therefore, a selection from Life's fine continuing series on American artists . . .

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