|List of Illustrations||ix|
|1||"Not Material Enough for the Age": Pre-Raphaelite Words and Images||37|
|2||Aestheticism and Unmediation: Moore, Leighton, Watts, Whistler||83|
|3||Personality, Portraiture, and Illustration: Charles Ricketts and Oscar Wilde||129|
|4||Walter Sickert: Surface and Modernity||169|
|5||The Aesthetics of Materiality: English Modernism Before 1914||215|
The World in Paint: Modern Art and Visuality in England, 1848-1914by David Peters Corbett, David Peters Corbett
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 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.
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