Early Modernism: Literature, Music, and Painting in Europe, 1900-1916 / Edition 1

Early Modernism: Literature, Music, and Painting in Europe, 1900-1916 / Edition 1

by Christopher Butler
     
 

Early Modernism is a uniquely integrated introduction to the great avant-garde movements in European literature, music, and painting at the beginning of this century, from the advent of Fauvism to the development of Dada.

In contrast to the overly literary focus of previous studies of modernism, this book highlights the interaction between the arts in this period

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Early Modernism is a uniquely integrated introduction to the great avant-garde movements in European literature, music, and painting at the beginning of this century, from the advent of Fauvism to the development of Dada.

In contrast to the overly literary focus of previous studies of modernism, this book highlights the interaction between the arts in this period. It traces the fundamental and interlinked re-examination of the languages of the arts brought about by Matisse, Picasso, Schoenberg, Eliot, Apollinaire, Marinetti, Ben, and many others, which led to radically new techniques, such as atonality, cubism, and collage. These changes are set in the context both of the art that preceded them and of a new and profound shift in ideas. Theories of the unconscious, the association of ideas, primitivism, and reliance upon an expressionist intuition led to a reshaped conception of personal identity, and Butler examines the representation of the modernist self in the work of figures including Mann, Joyce, Conrad, and Stravinsky.

Accessible and wide-ranging, the book is lavishly illustrated with over sixty illustrations, many in color. It provides an elegant and incisive guide to a momentous period in the history of European art.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198182528
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
9.13(w) x 6.13(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction
1The Dynamics of Change
1Scepticism and Confrontation1
2The Withdrawal from Consensual Languages4
3Technique and Idea14
2The Development of a Modernist Aesthetic: New Languages for Painting and Music
1Matisse and Expression25
2Kandinsky and Abstraction37
3Schoenberg and Atonality46
4Braque, Picasso, and Cubism56
5Language and Innovation70
3The Modernist Self
1Internal Divisions89
2Subjectivity and Primitivism106
4The City
1The Individual and the Collective133
2The Futurists137
3The Poet in the City154
4Beyond the Stream of Consciousness158
5Berlin176
5London and the Reception of Modernist Ideas
1From Hulme to Imagism209
2Post-Impressionism versus Futurism215
3Futurism220
4Abstraction, Classicism, and Vonicism225
6Aspects of the Avant-Garde
1Diffusion and Adaptation241
2Progress and the Avant-Garde250
3Irrationalism and the Social261
4A Political Conclusion?268
Bibliographic Notes287
Index297

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