The Maker Unmade

The Maker Unmade

by Jonathan Miles, Derek Shiel
     
 
This massive and lavishly illustrated book is a major critical study of David Jones, the great painter and poet. It introduces Jones's better known visual achievements and combines them with a vast amount of previously unpublished material-sketches, watercolors, carvings, engravings, inscriptions, and ephemera. The accompanying text places Jones not only in the

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This massive and lavishly illustrated book is a major critical study of David Jones, the great painter and poet. It introduces Jones's better known visual achievements and combines them with a vast amount of previously unpublished material-sketches, watercolors, carvings, engravings, inscriptions, and ephemera. The accompanying text places Jones not only in the context of 20th-century British art but also in relation to continental movements. This comprehensive study covers all aspects of his visual work in the light of his experience as a soldier in the Great War, his conversion to Catholicism, and his Classical and Celtic researches, and places these against his growing cultural disaffection and the submerged drama of his life.


About the Author:
Jonathan Miles is the author of Backgrounds to David Jones and Eric Gill and David Jones at Capel-y-Ffin. Derek Shiel is a painter, sculptor, musician, and art lecturer. He is the author of the biography Arthur Giardelli.

Editorial Reviews

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“This comprehensive study will surprise even those familiar with Jones' writing and art.”  —Publishers Weekly

“Will do much to re-establish the reputation of the English painter-poet. Through the exploration of his visual work in relation to his life it exposes the lineaments and patterns of an intensely original mind. It teases out the strands . . . as differing influences weave and interweave.”   —The Times

“A large and illuminating conspectus of Jones' career. The large format suggests an art book, the abundant text a scholarly monograph . . . mixing analysis with biography and source material.” —The Independent on Sunday

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A convert to Catholicism in 1921, English poet and artist David Jones (1895-1974) anchored his art in a religious worldview, yet his fitful embrace of modernism, Celtic mysticism and neo-Romantic symbolism made him unpredictable and difficult to classify. A soldier in the trenches in WWI, he became obsessed with death and destruction, suffered repeated mental breakdowns and agoraphobia. His acceptance of poverty and chastity, after breaking off his engagement to the daughter of his mentor, Eric Gill, in 1927, added a testing blend of medieval Christianity to his often pessimistic vision. During WWII, Jones's darkly wild symbolist paintings mirrored his sense of the crack-up of Western civilization. His output includes piercing portraits, enchanted seascapes, sensual drawings of trees, elegant inscriptions in Latin, expressionist room interiors, small yet powerful stone or wood carvings and sensitive animal drawings. British art historian Miles and Shiel, an art history instructor in London, have unearthed a trove of Jones's watercolors, sketches, carvings and engravings for this comprehensive study, which will surprise even those familiar with Jones's writing and art. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
Much previously unknown material by British poet-artist David Jones is revealed in this large and attractive volume. Art scholars Miles and Shiel call him the "odd man out"—a man of many styles in an era of abstraction, a religious artist in a century of increasing secularism, But they make a case for his importance, illustrated by works on range of themes, including dreamy landscapes painted in a time of coming war; sexuality depicted in dense oil painting as well as in the ligihter but more complex illustrations of the tale of Lancelot and Guinevere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781854111340
Publisher:
Seren
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author


Jonathan Miles is the author of Backgrounds to David Jones and Eric Gill and David Jones at Capel-y-Ffin. Derek Shiel is a painter, sculptor, musician, and art lecturer. He is the author of the biography Arthur Giardelli.

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