An exhibition-catalog introduction, in which Bates writes of the theory of Pointillism (or "scientific impressionism"), the major proponents of the genre, and the little-known exponents represented in the exhibition. While mainly listing the artists, Bates also expresses his pleasure in the paintings when he writes of their "freshness, the brilliance, the immense luminosity ...the quivering sparkle of gardens seen in intense sunlight after rain...the effect of lyricism, of air, of joy in light and earth and sky and sun." Bates wrote a similar foreword for a Redfern Gallery exhibition in 1954 called Plaisirs de L'epoque 1900. In Pointillists and their Period (London: Redfern Gallery, 1950, pp. 3-4).