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

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The World in Paint: Modern Art and Visuality in England, 1848-1914 by David Peters Corbett

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271023618
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)

About 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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