Modern Art 1851-1929

Modern Art 1851-1929 : Capitalism and Representation

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The period 1851 to 1929 witnessed the rise of the major European avant-garde groups: the Realists, Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, Symbolists, Cubists, and Surrealists. It was also a time of rapid social, economic, and political change, encompassing a revolution in communication systems and technology, and an unprecedented growth in the availability of printed images. Richard Brettell's innovative account explores the aims and achievements - the beautiful and the bizarre - of artists such as Monet, Gauguin, Picasso, and Dali, in relation to urban capitalism and expansion, colonialism, nationalism and internationalism, and the museum. Tracing common themes of representation, imagination, perception, and sexuality across works in a wide range of different media he presents a fresh approach to the fine art and photography of this remarkable more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 167.64 x 236.22 x 17.78mm | 657.71g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous colour and black and white illustrations
  • 019284220X
  • 9780192842206
  • 177,145

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"Uniquely valuable...a magisterial survey of the cultural, economic, and historical conditions in which modern art flourished."--Stephen Eisenman, Northwestern University"Very refreshing and original....The visual range--Czech and Canadian, Finnish and French--wrenches our tired assumptions about pictorial modernism into vivid new perspectives."--Richard Thomson, Edinburgh University"A history of modern art of the highest quality, informative and enthusiastic."--Francoise Cachin, Directeur des Musees de France"Lushly illustrated and laced with insightful captions, the images showcase a large cross-section of masters, including many works from the former Eastern bloc never before seen.... This addition to the Oxford series brings a freshly chivalrous account of modern art."--Foreword"Written with an almost manic verve and fluency and an enviable command of many distant crevice in its panoramic subject matter.... A reordering of the global potential of modern art."--John Russell, New York Times Book Review"show more

About Richard Brettell

Richard Brettell, formerly Director of the Dallas Museum, is currently an independent consultant to museums round the world. He also continues to undertake research and teaching duties at a variety of educational more

Table of contents

Introduction: The Great Exhibition of 1851, London. (Paris: the capital of modern art; New technology; The beginnings of modern art) ; Part I: Realism to Surrealism. (Realism; Impressionism; Symbolism; Post-Impressionism; Neo-Impressionism; Synthetism; The Nabis; The Fauves; Expressionism; Cubism; Futurism; Orphism; Vorticism; Suprematism/ Constructivism; Neo-Plasticism; Dada; Purism; Surrealism; The '-ism' problem) ; Part II: The Conditions for Modern Art ; Chapter 1. Urban Capitalism. (Paris and the birth of the modern city; Capitalist society; The commodification of art; The modern condition) ; Chapter 2. Modernity, Representation, and the Accessible Image. (The art museum; Temporary exhibitions; Lithography; Photography; Conclusion) ; Part III: The Artist's Response ; Chapter 3. Representation, Vision, and 'Reality': The Art of Seeing. (The human eye; Transparency and unmediated modernism; Surface fetishism and unmediated modernism; Photography and unmediated modernism; Beyond the oil sketch; Cubism) ; Chapter 4. Image/Modernism and the Graphic Traffic. (The Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood; Puvis de Chavannes and Gustave Moreau: Image/Modernism outside the Avant-Garde; Image/Modernism outside France; Exhibitions of the Avant-Garde; Fragmentation, dislocation, and recombination) ; Part IV Iconology ; Introduction ; Chapter 5. Sexuality and the Body. (Manet's bodies; Modern art and pornography; The nude and the modernist cycle of life; The bathing nude; The allegorical or non-sexual nude; Colonialism and the nude: the troubled case of Gauguin; The bride stripped bare; Body parts and fragments) ; Chapter 6. Social Class and Class Consciousness. (Seurat and Sunday on the Grande Jatte, 1884; Class issues in Modernist culture; Portraiture; Images of peasantry; The worker and modern art) ; Chapter 7. Anti-Iconography: Art Without 'Subject'. (Landscape painting; Text and image; Abstraction) ; Chapter 8. Nationalism and Internationalism in Modern Art. (National identity; Time and place; Abstract art, spiritualism, and internationalism; Nationalist landscape painting) ; Afterword: The Private Institutionalization of Modern Art ; Notes; List of Illustrations; Bibliographic Essay; Timeline; Indexshow more

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