Apollinaire, Cubism and Orphism

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Overview

During the years before his death in 1918 Apollinaire's reputation as poet and artistic animateur approached legendary proportions. This book is the first to present an extensive reassessment of Apollinaire's role in the promotion of themes and iconography amongst his painter-friends. Detailed analysis of the poetic subject matter of selected works of Dufy, Delaunay, de Chirico, Laurencin, Marcoussis, Metzinger, Picabia and Picasso is used to reconstruct the responses of these artists to Apollinaire's artistic and aesthetic proclivities. Drawing attention to the poet's immersion in the art and iconography of the French late-Renaissance and the seventeenth century, Adrian Hicken shows that the study of the permeation of Apollinairean and Orphic imagery in the work of artists with very different personalities presents a fascinating and pivotal episode in the history of Parisian modernism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840146059
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Acknowledgements
Preface
1 Introduction 1
i La Ville Lumiere: Apollinaire in Paris 1
ii Hermeticism and occult tendencies within Parisian avant-gardes 8
iii Cubism, Orphism and four-dimensional speculations 15
v Orphic surnaturalisme 18
2 Apollinaire's humanistic Orphism (1908-12) 41
i The library of the poet: humanisme 41
ii Orpheus: the permeation of Apollinairean themes before 1912 44
iii Delaunay: La Ville de Paris (1912) 51
3 Towards an Orphic programme for the arts (1913-14) 55
i Le pigeonnier: the circle of Apollinaire 55
ii The burgeoning of Apollinairean themes and motifs 79
iii Gloire au poete: some emblematic celebrations of the Orphic poet 88
4 The expansion of Orphic themes 95
i Chagall: Paris Through the Window (1913-14) 95
ii De Chirico: The Song of Love 123
iii Excursus: Apollinaire, Picabia and Culture physique 124
iv The Song of Love: conclusion 127
5 Chagall's Hommage a Apollinaire (1913-14) 129
i The chronology and circumstances of production 129
ii A homage to Apollinaire and an emblem of Orphic international avant-gardism 132
6 De Chirico's homage to Apollinaire 141
i Le portrait premonitoire de Guillaume Apollinaire (1914) 141
ii Postscript: Evangelical Still-Life (1917) 144
7 Post mortem: Apollinaire's legacy 173
App. I Kupka, Orphism and Apollinaire 181
App. II Apollinaire and 'La Section d'Or' 187
Notes 191
Select Bibliography 229
Index 241
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