Paris: Capital of the Arts

Paris: Capital of the Arts

by Sarah Wilson, Nicholas Hewitt, Gladys C. Fabre, Kenneth Silver
     
 

Paris has been the birthplace of many of the most significant artistic movements of the 20th century. This ambitious book, which accompanies an important exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, charts the progress of the visual arts across Paris from the beginnings of Cubism in Montmartre to the rise of Surrealism in…  See more details below

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Paris has been the birthplace of many of the most significant artistic movements of the 20th century. This ambitious book, which accompanies an important exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, charts the progress of the visual arts across Paris from the beginnings of Cubism in Montmartre to the rise of Surrealism in Montparnasse, to the postwar existentialism of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and ultimately to the political and artistic uprisings of the 1960s in the Latin Quarter.
An illustrated time line traces, year by year, the accomplishments of notable Paris-based artists such as Picasso, Léger, Duchamp, Modigliani, Brancusi, Kandinsky, Calder, and Saint-Phalle. With essays by esteemed international scholars and 400 full- color images, this book considers the multinational origins and impact of the art of these incredibly fertile decades.

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This heavy volume, which accompanies an exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Arts and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, follows the development of the visual arts in Paris from the Universal Exposition in 1900 to the protests of 1968. Both English- and French-speaking scholars contribute to the book, which follows the chronological migration of the major art movements of this period around the neighborhoods of Paris, such as Montmartre (1900s-20s), Montparnasse (1920s-30s), Saint-Germain-des-Pr s (1940s-50s), and the Latin Quarter (1960s). Such major movements as Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism, and Nouveau Realisme are discussed, as are both major and minor artists (e.g., Matisse, Picasso, Man Ray, Jean Fautrier, and Niki de Saint Phalle) in relation to the changing social and political climate of Paris. One of the most enlightening essays, by Eric de Chassey (Univ. of Tours, France), explores the French rivalry and response to the growth of Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting in America during the 1950s and 1960s and New York's supplanting Paris as the major center for visual art. Filled with 280 full-color illustrations and a detailed time line, this excellent and comprehensive catalog is recommended for all libraries that collect art books and those academic libraries supporting French studies programs. Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810966390
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Pages:
445
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 12.12(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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