Why did art decline so rapidly from the high achievements of the 18th and 19th century into the shoddy workmanship and even incomprehensibility of 20th century art? If you've ever wondered, read this book. Written by one 20th century artist who did not give in to modernism, this book explains the history of art in terms of the craft of painting. Gammell explains the training of the academies of the past and the revolt against that training by the impressionist and then modernist artists, and why art degenerated into chaos. Well illustrated, fascinating for both artists and art-lovers. This book is difficult to obtain elsewhere and a limited number of copies are available now.