John Piper in the Thirties: Abstraction on the Beach

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John Piper was one of the leading Modernist artists of the twentieth century whose work was not only at the forefront of artistic developments but also appealed directly to a wide public. Marking the centenary of Piper's birth in 1903, this book dramatically uncovers the various shifts in his early career while working largely on the south coast of England, from a lyrical, painterly style and lively use of collage, inspired by Picasso and Braque, into pure abstraction, in keeping with International Modernism. The...
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John Piper was one of the leading Modernist artists of the twentieth century whose work was not only at the forefront of artistic developments but also appealed directly to a wide public. Marking the centenary of Piper's birth in 1903, this book dramatically uncovers the various shifts in his early career while working largely on the south coast of England, from a lyrical, painterly style and lively use of collage, inspired by Picasso and Braque, into pure abstraction, in keeping with International Modernism. The second half of the 1930s saw the order and harmony of Piper's work unsettled by the onset of war, and with it a return to representation in an attempt to find a contemporary idiom with which to express his romantic love of the past. The tension between abstraction and realism in Piper's work of the period is engagingly told and stunningly illustrated in this, the first in-depth exploration of the artist's formative years.
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In his long career, English artist John Piper (1903-92) oscillated among painting, printmaking, set design, stained glass design, photography, and writing. Though his shifting focuses and somewhat mercurial styles have made him difficult to classify, for a number of years in the 1930s Piper was intensely focused on the modernist abstract style. He became a major proponent of the modernist movement, and his paintings and collages helped to focus attention on abstract art in a largely unreceptive England. Spalding (British art, Univ. of Newcastle upon Tyne) contributes an essay that traces Piper's influences and describes his fluctuating styles and interests during the important modernist decade of the 1930s. Short essays by Jenkins (senior curator, Tate) helpfully introduce each grouping of full-color plates. While this work has no comprehensive biography and an undersized bibliography, it is an able companion to Jenkins's John Piper: The Forties. Since no book is yet available that looks at Piper's whole career, these two books by Jenkins are the best available. Recommended for museum and academic library collections that cover 20th-century British art.-Kraig A. Binkowski, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781858942230
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers, LTD
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.68 (w) x 11.52 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
John Piper in the 1930s: Abstraction on the Beach 9
Plates 67
Writings 180
Selected Bibliography and Picture Credits 189
Index 190
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