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

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 this painting from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Vorticists.

Arguing that art history has been too reluctant to confront the fundamental question of how and ...

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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 this 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 for many artists and thinkers the visual promised to deliver a more profound understanding of the world 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271023618
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Refiguring Modernism , #1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

David Peters Corbett is Professor of Art History and Director of the Research School in British Art at the University of York in the UK.

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Not Material Enough for the Age : Pre-Raphaelite Words and Images

2. Aestheticism and Unmediation: Moore, Leighton, Watts, Whistler

3. Personality, Portraiture, and Illustration: Charles Ricketts and Oscar Wilde

4. Walter Sickert: Surface and Modernity

5. The Aesthetics of Materiality: English Modernism Before 1914

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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