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Long acknowledged as a master of contemporary realism, Philip Pearlstein has remained true to his pursuit of painting monumental nudes since the 1960s. Eschewing the minimalism, conceptualism, and later expressionism practiced by many of his contemporaries, Pearlstein has followed a course of figurative painting that has proven to be very influential to a younger generation of artists. This selection of sixty paintings and watercolors from the past two decades reveals the intelligence and virtuosity that have made Pearlstein a contemporary master over the course of his long career. The book also includes an enlightening interview with the artist and a thoughtful essay by curator and scholar Robert Storr, who has known Pearlstein for many years.