Realism, Rationalism, Surrealism

Art Between the Wars

David Batchelor, Paul Wood, and Briony Fer

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This book begins by considering responses by French artists to the First World War, showing how Purism, Dada, and early Surrealism are related to the ethos of post-war reconstruction. The authors then discuss the language of construction in places as dissimilar as France, Germany, and the Soviet Union; the contrasting demands of the utility and decoration of objects and paintings; and the relationship of surrealism to questions of sexuality and gender and to Freudian theory. The book concludes by addressing the widespread debate over realism in art: whether it represents an alternative to the elitism of the avant-garde or whether avant-garde art should play a role in the development of a modern realism.

Francis Frascina and Gill Perry are Lecturers in Art History, Nigel Blake is Lecturer in Educational Technology, and Charles Harrison is Staff Tutor and Reader in Art History at the Open University. Briony Fer and Tamar Garb are Lecturers in Art History at University College, London University.

"Each of the four volumes, which can stand alone, is well produced, reasonably priced, and replete with high-quality black-and-white and color plates. . . . The set presents the consistency and wide appeal of a survey while at the same time providing individually focused and methodologically explicit essays in the form of chapters on specialized topics relating to limited periods of time. . . . The intellectual integrity that permeates each volume, the excellent production qualities, and the overall superb quality of this specialized survey of modern art—all recommend this set highly for academic collections and for large public library collections emphasizing modern and contemporary European and American art."—Choice

ISBN: 9780300055191
Publication Date: June 23, 1993
371 pages, 8 x 10
240 b/w + 64 color illus.
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