Beauty and Art

Beauty and Art : 1750-2000

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What do we mean when we call a work of art `beautiful`? How have artists responded to changing notions of the beautiful? Which works of art have been called beautiful, and why? Fundamental and intriguing questions to artists and art lovers, but ones that are all too often ignored in discussions of art today. Prettejohn argues that we simply cannot afford to ignore these questions. Charting over two hundred years of western art, she illuminates the vital relationship
between our changing notions of beauty and specific works of art, from the works of Kauffman to Whistler, Ingres to Rossetti, Cezanne to Jackson Pollock, and concludes with a challenging question for the future: why should we care about beauty in the twenty-first century?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 169 x 239 x 14mm | 544g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous colour and halftone illustrations
  • 0192801600
  • 9780192801609
  • 94,889

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Eighteenth-Century Germany ; 2. Early Nineteenth Century France ; 3. Victorian Aestheticism ; 4. Modernism ; Further Reading
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Review quote

Superbly Written, * The Art Book, Volume 13 Issue 4 *
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About Elizabeth Prettejohn

Elizabeth Prettejohn is Professor of Modern Art at the University of Plymouth.
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