Lives of the Great Modern Artists

Edward Lucie-Smith

Creative personalities are always fascinating, and to learn something new about the 20th and 21st centuries' greatest artists—whether eccentric or sober, outspoken or reclusive—is compelling.


105 artists are presented in lively short biographies, and each entry is illustrated with important works, self-portraits, and photographs. Clearly grouped according to style and era are modern and contemporary art’s pioneers, from Picasso and Duchamp to Louise Bourgeois and Jean-Michel Basquiat. New entries on rising stars such as Marlene Dumas and Zhang Xiaogang bring the book into the twenty-first century.


Edward Lucie-Smith


Edward Lucie-Smith is well-known as a poet, novelist, biographer, broadcaster, and critic, and he is the author of numerous books, among them The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms, Furniture: A Concise History, Movements in Art Since 1945, Symbolist Art, and Sexuality in Western Art (all in the World of Art series).