Art and Its Discontents: The Early Life of Adrian Stokes

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $30.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 62%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (5) from $30.00   
  • New (1) from $96.45   
  • Used (4) from $30.00   

Overview

Although interest in the painter, poet, and art writer Adrian Stokes (1902–1972) has been growing in recent years, Art and Its Discontents is the first biographical study of this pivotal figure in British modernism. Focused on Stokes's formative years, the book offers important new insights into his intellectual development, his growing commitment to the arts, and his eventual turn to the art criticism that would win him international renown.

Even as Richard Read follows Stokes from his London childhood to his travels in Italy and his psychoanalysis with Melanie Klein, he weaves Stokes's experiences and writings into the great social and cultural issues of his era. Stokes's friendship with Ezra Pound is given its due, but Read balances his exploration of Stokes's modernist ideas with detailed discussion of his profound debt to the teachings of John Ruskin and Walter Pater. Seen in this broad perspective, Stokes emerges as a thinker who bridged Victorian and modernist cultures and renewed the British tradition of aesthetic criticism.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Read’s analysis of how Stokes arrived at this position in the early 1930s is judicious and illuminating.”

—Julian Bell, London Review of Books

Art and Its Discontents is a masterful written, exceedingly thoughtful, and highly commended study of a singularly articulate individual.”

Bookwatch

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271022963
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Read is Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Fine Arts at The University of Western Australia and has published in major journals on the relationship between literature and the visual arts, Australian art, and contemporary film.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Foreword
Preface
I Early Years, 1902-26
1 Early Years 3
II Poetry and Prose: 'Four Essays on the Tempio Malatestiano', 1926-30
2 Ekphrasis: 'Pisanello', 1926-30 41
3 Art Theory: Ariadne and 'Pisanello', 1925-30 65
4 Biography: Sunrise and 'Pisanello', 1926-30 87
5 F/Phantasy and Myth: 'Matteo', 1922-28 111
6 Stone and Water: Canto XVII and 'Agostino', 1929 131
III Carving and Modelling: The Unfinished Trilogy, 1929-34
7 Racial Theory: 'Alberti', 'Giorgione' and The Quattro Cento: 1929-32 163
8 Psychoanalysis: The Case of 'Mr B', 1932 193
9 Carving and Modelling: Stones of Rimini and the Hampstead Artists, 1933-34 215
Index 245
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)