A History of British Art

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In this thrilling journey through the British visual imagination, Andrew Graham-Dixon argues decisively against the preconception that the British are not a visual people. Starting with a revelatory account of the almost unknown masterpieces of the Catholic Middle Ages, Graham-Dixon celebrates the beauty and brilliance of Britain's artistic heritage—from Thomas Gainsborough to Damien Hirst, William Hogarth to David Hockney, John Constable to Henry Moore. Embracing not only painting and sculpture but also history,...

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In this thrilling journey through the British visual imagination, Andrew Graham-Dixon argues decisively against the preconception that the British are not a visual people. ... Starting with a revelatory account of the almost unknown masterpieces of the Catholic Middle Ages, Graham-Dixon celebrates the beauty and brilliance of Britain's artistic heritage -- from Thomas Gainsborough to Damien Hirst, William Hogarth to David Hockney, John Constable to Henry Moore. Embracing not only painting and sculpture, but also history, politics, architecture and literature, Graham-Dixon writes with one simple aim: "to help myself and others to understand and love British art a little bit more". Description: This study of British art from the Reformation to the present depicts the cultural life of Britain since the Middle Ages, embracing not only painting and sculpture but also history, politics, architecture and literature. Read more Show Less

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In this thrilling journey through the British visual imagination, Andrew Graham-Dixon argues decisively against the preconception that the British are not a visual people. Starting with a revelatory account of the almost unknown masterpieces of the Catholic Middle Ages, Graham-Dixon celebrates the beauty and brilliance of Britain's artistic heritage—from Thomas Gainsborough to Damien Hirst, William Hogarth to David Hockney, John Constable to Henry Moore. Embracing not only painting and sculpture but also history, politics, architecture, and literature, Graham-Dixon writes with one simple aim: "to help myself and others to understand and love British art a little bit more."

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Brilliant...the line between education and entertainment was not so much blurred as obliterated.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520223769
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Andrew Graham-Dixon is writer and presenter of the BBC television series Renaissance. He was chief art critic at the Independent between 1986 and 1998.
In the 1980s, he won the BP Arts Journalism Award three years running and, in 1991, the Hawthornden Prize for art criticism. His other books include the bestselling A History of British Art and a highly acclaimed monograph on Howard Hodgkin (1994). Paper Museum, a collection of his writings from , was published in 1996.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7
Introduction 9
Ch. 1 Dreams and Hammers 12
Ch. 2 North and South 46
Ch. 3 My Wife, my Horse and Myself 80
Ch. 4 Modern Art 124
Ch. 5 All Change 160
Ch. 6 Our House 198
Notes on Works 240
Further Reading 249
Notes on Sources 251
Index 253
Picture Credits 256
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