Art and Its Discontents: The Early Life of Adrian Stokes

Art and Its Discontents: The Early Life of Adrian Stokes

by Richard Read
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271022965

ISBN-13: 9780271022963

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: Penn State University Press

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271022963
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Abbreviationsxi
Forewordxv
Prefacexix
IEarly Years, 1902-26
1Early Years3
Bayswater and Heddon Court, 1902-16
Rugby, 1916-20
Oxford, 1920-23
Travel, journalism and sexual experience, 1923-26
IIPoetry and Prose: 'Four Essays on the Tempio Malatestiano', 1926-30
2Ekphrasis: 'Pisanello', 1926-3041
The synchronic theme
The historical dialectic
The diachronic theme
3Art Theory: Ariadne and 'Pisanello', 1925-3065
The Victorian and Bloomsbury inheritance
The philosophical divide
4Biography: Sunrise and 'Pisanello', 1926-3087
Literature, art and visual experience
'Poetry' and 'Prose', politics and music
Auto/biographies
5F/Phantasy and Myth: 'Matteo', 1922-28111
Spatial geography and fantasy
The ciphers of the Tempio
Historical method and f/phantasy
6Stone and Water: Canto XVII and 'Agostino', 1929131
Canto XVII
'Agostino': the Venetian fantasy
The Tempio fantasy
Phylogenesis
IIICarving and Modelling: The Unfinished Trilogy, 1929-34
7Racial Theory: 'Alberti', 'Giorgione' and The Quattro Cento: 1929-32163
'Alberti' and objectivization
'Giorgione': psychoanalysis, Fascism and Aristotle
Durham and Adrian Stokes on race
The Quattro Cento and racial history of art
8Psychoanalysis: The Case of 'Mr B', 1932193
The female body
The male body
The 'structure' of the case and aesthetic discourse
9Carving and Modelling: Stones of Rimini and the Hampstead Artists, 1933-34215
Gaudier and Agostino
'[T]he sculpture of 1930-1950'
Causality and 'many-sidedness'
The meaning of the Tempio
Conclusion
Index245

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