Great Drawings of All Time: The Twentieth Century

selected and edited by Dr. Victoria Thorson. Created by Shorewood Fine Arts Books, published by Talisman, $295.00. “Drawings” is to be taken rather loosely, for the two large volumes contain watercolors and pastels, among other types of work, and fairly blaze with color. Artists from every known school and group are represented. Geography includes Japan, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Descriptions by suitable authorities introduce each section, the drawings are splendidly reproduced, and each plate is generously annotated. It would take years of travel and negotiation for a private enthusiast to see even half of this varied and fascinating collection, some of it never before reproduced and some of it normally kept in hiding. Seventeen essays, 528 plates representing 337 artists, bibliography.
—Phoebe-Lou Adams