Primitivism, Cubism, Abstraction: The Early Twentieth Century

Primitivism, Cubism, Abstraction: The Early Twentieth Century

Paperback Modern Art--Practices & Debates

By (author) Gillian Perry, By (author) Francis Frascina, By (author) Charles Harrison

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 276 pages
  • Dimensions: 191mm x 254mm x 18mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 26 May 1993
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300055161
  • ISBN 13: 9780300055160
  • Illustrations note: 182 b&w illustrations, 48 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 283,522

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The book presents a survey of art from the first two decades of the 20th century. The authors begin by exploring how aspects of the primitive were invoked by rural artists' colonies formed in France and Germany at the end of the 19th century and by the work of the Fauves and the German Expressionists a few years later. The book then develops an analysis of Cubist works based on semiotic theory, considering the social and cultural values encoded in such signifying systems, and investigating the relationship between representation and ideology. The final chapter considers some problems of interpretation and evolution posed by specific examples of abstract art ranging from Malevich to Mondrian.

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Table of contents

Contents: Chapter 1: Primitivism and the 'Modern' by Gill Perry Introduction: Primitivism in art-historical debate Part 1: 'The Going Away' - a preparation for the 'modern' 'Clogs and granite' Brittany and Pont-Aven 'Pillaging the savages of Oceania': Gauguin and Tahid Primitivism and Kulturkritik: Worpswede in the 1890s Part 2: The decorative, the expressive and the primitive The decorative and the 'culte de la vie': Matisse and Fauvism The expressive and the Expressionist Conclusion References Chapter 2: Realism and Ideologue An introduction to semiotics and cubism by Francis Frascina Introduction Representation: language, signs, realism Art and semiotics Realism, ideology and the 'discursive' in Cubism Artistic subcultures: signs and meaning Conclusion References Chapter 3: Abstraction by Charles Harrison Abstraction, figuration and representation On interpretation Autonomy Kazirnir Malevich Piet Mondrian References.