Narrating Modernity: The British Problem Picture, 1895-1914

Narrating Modernity: The British Problem Picture, 1895-1914

by Pamela M. M. Fletcher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754635686

ISBN-13: 9780754635680

Pub. Date: 11/01/2003

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

Problem pictures were an extraordinarily popular feature of the Edwardian Royal Academy. The ambiguous, often slightly risque paintings of modern life were conversation pieces whose meaning was hotly debated in private and public. At a time when the question 'How might art best address itself to and be addressed by a modern world?' was fiercely contested, the problem…  See more details below

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Problem pictures were an extraordinarily popular feature of the Edwardian Royal Academy. The ambiguous, often slightly risque paintings of modern life were conversation pieces whose meaning was hotly debated in private and public. At a time when the question 'How might art best address itself to and be addressed by a modern world?' was fiercely contested, the problem picture supplied one populist answer. The pictures, however, had been swept from the walls of an embarrassed Royal Academy by 1914 when the modernist aesthetic finally triumphed. Recovering a genre lost between studies of Victorian and modernist painting, Pamela Fletcher uses the story of the problem picture to illuminate the transition and dialogue between these two great periods of British art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754635680
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Series:
British Art and Visual Culture since 1750 New Readings
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.09(w) x 9.92(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Narrating modernity1
1Towards a definition of the problem picture5
2Woman as problem31
3Modern art and modern life46
4The fashionable problem picture: viewers and viewings68
5The 'problem picture' as modernism's Other100
6The problem picture and the creation of an audience for modern art128
Notes145
Bibliography166
Index185

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