Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art in New York is dedicated to being the foremost modern art museum in the world. It manifests this commitment by establishing, preserving and documenting a permanent collection of the highest order that reflects the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art. Masterworks from The Museum of Modern Art is a stunning survey of the Museum's collection. Reproduced here are some 240 works representing significant movements including Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism, Futurism, Dadaism, Pop art and Surrealism. Among the featured works are some of the world's best-known and beloved materpieces such as Van Gogh's "Starry Night," Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" and Dalí's "Persistence of Memory." This comprehensive and authoritative gift volume includes a presentation on the Museum by MoMA Director, Glenn D. Lowry. Each of the works is illustrated and accompanied by a commentary written by curators in MoMA's departments of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and design.