Although a great deal has been written about abstract painting, there is no one work available which gives a comprehensive historical survey of the subject for all countries in which this new development has manifested itself. The study published by Michel Seuphor some years ago was confined in its historical scope to the first ten years of abstract art and hence gives little indication as to what happened after 1920.
The present work does not pretend to list the name of every abstract painter -- obviously an impossible task -- nor to make a final critical selection. It will however, we venture to think, provide the general public, students of art and artists themselves with a source of information which has been lacking up to the present time.
This book may be used in three ways: it may be read as a historical work, it may be perused from time to time as an album, or it may be kept at hand as a reference work full of accurate and ample information.
The illustrations have been chosen so as to give the widest possible view of the subject, although this concern has not been allowed to take precedence over such important considerations as the quality of the work illustrated or the proven value of the artist.
The chronological chart given on pages 106 to 113 provides an ever-present guide to the reader who wishes to place a particular development in its historical context as he reads, or to take in at a glance the whole history of abstract art from 1910 to 1956.