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The Romantic Spirit in German Art, 1790-1990
     

The Romantic Spirit in German Art, 1790-1990

by Keith Hartley, William Vaughan, David Bindman, Rudi Fuchs, Werner Hofmann
 
The Romantic movement in art, with its emphasis on emotion, imagination and sensitivity to nature, was at its height from the late-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. At the heart of the book is the art itself: more than 200 representative paintings, drawings, woodcuts, sculptures and collages drawn from major collections around the world and beautifully

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The Romantic movement in art, with its emphasis on emotion, imagination and sensitivity to nature, was at its height from the late-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. At the heart of the book is the art itself: more than 200 representative paintings, drawings, woodcuts, sculptures and collages drawn from major collections around the world and beautifully reproduced in color, each with an individual commentary.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This magnificent volume is a major reassessment of the Romantic impulse in German art, from the mystical, eerie landscapes of Caspar David Friedrich to Joseph Beuys's modernist utopian visions and Sigmar Polke's hallucinatory comedies. The catalogue of an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery, it weds essays by British and German art historians and curators with 340 plates (185 in color). Beginning around 1800, Romantic artists sought a divine spirit in nature, yearned for fellowship and lost innocence and mapped the unity of the cosmos. This sweeping survey traces these themes from the Nazarene circle's medievalizing narrative pictures in the early 1800s to Bauhaus functionalism; from Arnold Bocklin's symbolist dreamscapes to Anselm Kiefer's myth-laden canvases; and in works by Philipp Otto Runge, Franz Marc, Otto Dix, Ferdinand Hodler, Paul Klee, Kurt Schwitters, Georg Baselitz and others. (Oct.)
Library Journal
This mammoth volume links Germany's substantial contributions to Romanticism in art with its tortured history of grappling with issues of unity. Issued in conjunction with an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery and London's Hayward Gallery, this work balances nearly 50 learned essays by foremost German scholars with 340 illustrations, including 185 in color. The result is a spectacular gallery of great works by Friedrich, Runge, Dix, Kirchner, Beuys, and many others. From Friedrich's brooding landscapes to the anguished faces depicted by the expressionists, the work illuminates a culture of introspection indelibly marked by disintegration and reunification. A useful chronology and artist biographies complete this prodigious offering, which is marred only by the lack of an index and a bibliography. For academics.-Russell T. Clement, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, Ut.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500236932
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
09/01/1994
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
9.94(w) x 12.01(h) x 1.85(d)

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