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Modern Art 1851-1929 Capitalism and Representation by Richard Brettell
  

Modern Art 1851-1929 Capitalism and Representation

Part of the Oxford History of Art Series

Synopsis

Modern Art 1851-1929 Capitalism and Representation by Richard Brettell

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 era.

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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 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


About the Author

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 institutions.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 1999

Author

Richard Brettell

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Publisher

Oxford University Press

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -
Social & cultural history
Cultural studies

ISBN

9780192842206

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