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The World in Paint: Modern Art and Visuality in England, 1848-1914
     

The World in Paint: Modern Art and Visuality in England, 1848-1914

by David Peters Corbett, David Peters Corbett
 

ISBN-10: 0271023600

ISBN-13: 9780271023601

Pub. Date: 02/28/2005

Publisher: Penn State University Press

Familiar narratives about the nature of English modernism "tradition," and "periodization," together with the "literary" character of English art from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries, are abandoned in this innovative and important book. In their stead, David Peters Corbett proposes a new way of looking at painting from the Pre-Raphaelites to the

Overview

Familiar narratives about the nature of English modernism "tradition," and "periodization," together with the "literary" character of English art from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries, are abandoned in this innovative and important book. In their stead, David Peters Corbett proposes a new way of looking at painting from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Vorticists.

Arguing that art history has been too reluctant to confront the fundamental question of how and what the consistency and application of paint signifies, Corbett investigates the work of English artists- among them Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Leighton, Watts, Whistler, Sickert, and the modernists of 1914- through a historical examination of the meanings of the visual in English culture.

By revealing that many artists and thinkers the visual promised to deliver a more profound understanding of the would than language, the book offers a new reading of the art of the period between 1848 and the First World War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271023601
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Series:
Refiguring Modernism , #1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.94(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxvii
Introduction1
1"Not Material Enough for the Age": Pre-Raphaelite Words and Images37
2Aestheticism and Unmediation: Moore, Leighton, Watts, Whistler83
3Personality, Portraiture, and Illustration: Charles Ricketts and Oscar Wilde129
4Walter Sickert: Surface and Modernity169
5The Aesthetics of Materiality: English Modernism Before 1914215
Notes261
Bibliography299
Index311

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