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Modern Art in Eastern Europe: From the Baltic to the Balkans, ca. 1890-1939 / Edition 1

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Cambridge, United Kingdom 1999 First edition. 4to softcover. 10 7/8" tall. xvi, 384 pages. 48 color plates printed on slick paper. 384 text figures. 6 maps. Clean and sharp. ... Like new or NEW condition. Read more Show Less

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In this study, S. A. Mansbach provides us with the first coherent narrative of the modern-art movements of Eastern Europe. Analyzing a vast range of works, many published here for the first time, the author argues that our understanding of modernism is incomplete without consideration of this material. He shows how cubism, expressionism, and constructivism, among other modernist styles, were amalgamated with deeply rooted visual traditions in several vital centers - including Prague, Warsaw, and Budapest - in order to express the most pressing concerns of the day, particularly nationalism. Mansbach also considers the critical response of the eastern European art public to these various avant-garde movements. A revisionist interpretation of modernism, Modern Art in Eastern Europe provides a much-needed reassessment of the art of this century, as well as of its historiography.
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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
Here's a kind of book that comes along only a few times in a century. Nearly everything in it is unfamiliar to Western readers. Many of the illustrations are receiving their first publication. The author's command of the material is both brilliant and comprehensive.... A whole new world awaits the reader's discovery.
Library Journal
Mansbach (National Gallery of Art) has written a comprehensive and pioneering study of the development of modern art--Cubism, Expressionism, and Constructivism, among other styles--in Eastern Europe. He argues that any discussion of Modernism is essentially incomplete without considering the art of this region and that the works produced there represented a merging of modernist styles with deeply rooted local traditions. Moving from Poland to the southern Balkans to Romania, he highlights art produced in Prague, Warsaw, and Budapest, cities with long artistic traditions. Mansbach is clearly well versed in his subject and provides informative background for the major areas he discusses. The book is illustrated with black-and-white photographs and a smaller number of high-quality color plates. Well written and thoroughly documented, it opens up an entirely new field of inquiry. It is to be hoped that Mansbach will investigate the period after 1939 with equal erudition in the future. Recommended for any library with a serious interest in modern art.--Martin Chasin, Adult Inst., Bridgeport, CT
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"Well-written and thoroughly documented, it opens up an entirely new field of inquiry....Recommended for any library with a serious interest in modern art." Library Journal

"Here's a kind of book that comes along only a few times in a century. Nearly everything in it is unfamiliar to Western readers. Many of the illustrations are receiving their first publication. The author's command of the material is both brilliant and comprehensive. The text supersedes that of earlier, more specialized English-language publications. And, if taken seriously, the achievements outlined should lead to changes in how we view the origins and development of the modern movement. A whole new world awaits the reader's discovery." Chicago Tribune

"...the encyclopedic narrative in Modern Art in Eastern Europe offers an illuminating investigation of a blind spot in our knowledge of modern art." Marek Bartelik, Art & Antiques

"An authoritative source, highly recommended. Undergradautes through professionals." Choice

"Its illustrations, many in color, or dozens of unknown and inaccessible artworks, furnish a rich visual resource. This study will surely be widely used as a teaching text and as an important reference tool....[Mansbach's] investigation greatly enriches and internationalizes our knowledge of the art of eastern Europe....Mansbach provides an English-speaking audience with an important and accessible resource." Slavic Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521456951
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Czech Lands 9
2 Poland and Lithuania 83
3 The Baltic States of Latvia and Estonia 141
4 The Southern Balkans of the Former Yugoslavia: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Macedonia 204
5 Romania 243
6 Hungary 267
Maps 314
Notes 321
List of Artists 356
Selected Bibliography 359
Index 371
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