Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-323) and index.
Introduction: The color grey -- What Is grey painting? : tracing a historical trajectory -- Visualizing modern life : photography's influence on nineteenth-century grey painting -- Grey abstraction : form and function in American postwar painting -- Beyond modernist abstraction : the social significance of grey painting -- Reinvention and perpetuation : the possibility of grey for Gerhard Richter -- Epilogue: The irresolution of grey.
"Frances Guerin argues that painters select grey to respond to a key question of modernist art: What is painting? Presenting an impressive range of canonical paintings across centuries, this book is a treatise on color that allows us to see something entirely new in familiar paintings and encourages our appreciation for the innovation and dynamism of the color grey"--