French Painting in the XXth Century

French Painting in the XXth Century

French Painting in the XXth Century

French Painting in the XXth Century

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The Painting of the present century, which has not yet run half its course, probably shows stronger, more diverse and more turbulent currents than that of any other. Every form of expression has been attempted, from the direct imitation of the object to the interpretation of the unconscious and the instinctive, and all sorts of techniques and every type of material have been employed. Not only has painting attempted to express by new means what has already been said, but it is continually exploring new paths.

There is no doubt that it would be quite useless to try to find an infallible guiding line to follow through the bewildering chaos of the age. It would be equally useless to attempt to establish, in this summary study, any predetermined order among the mixture of prevailing tendencies. Practically every one of the artists of the present day has belonged to some group which he has eventually left; and one must remember that their careers are not over.

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