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Nick Trend 2023

Art Firsts: The Story of Art in 30 Pioneering Works

Art Firsts: The Story of Art in 30 Pioneering Works

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Author: Nick Trend
Publisher: Laurence King
Language: English
Release year: 2023

When was art's first kiss? Who painted the first ever smile and the first self-portrait? When did Western art first depict a Black person or approach feminism? And why were each of these firsts so important? This book answers all these fascinating questions and more.

Art Firsts explores 30 groundbreaking works to piece together an original approach to looking at and appreciating art, as well as understanding where it has come from and how it relates to you. Each first is approachable and engaging, while each work is simply and satisfactorily explained. Each work is also fully illustrated, and its significance is shown through images of the subsequent artists directly inspired by them.

This book offers a refreshing and fascinating narrative for those curious about why so-called 'masterpieces' are so important and how the story of art can be boiled down to flashes of fascinating brilliance.
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