By Iris Conlay
British Art Since 1900, by Sir John Rothenstein (Phaidon Press, 60s.).
High Gothic, by Hans Jantzen (Constable, 25s.). sIR JOHN ROTHENSTEIN. in British Art Since 1900, has produced just what is most needed -a map of the artistic wood we live in with the important trees clearly labelled, the landmarks signposted, warnings delivered about paths that turn into cul-dcsacs and a route indicated which will not only carry the traveller most directly from 1900-1962, but will show him everything he ought to see on the way there. Following upon Sir John's balanced introduction the fine reproductions (some in colour) provide not only visual delights but, by some witty juxtapositioning, kind of silent. but pointed, commentary of their own. Finally there are interesting biographical notes on the artists.
High Gothic is an immensely painstaking and detailed study of the structures and also the spirit behind the cathedrals of Chartres. Rheims and Amiens. Fine for enthusiasts and students but not to be undertaken lightly.