English Art and Modernism, 1900-1939

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Charles Harrison

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This lavishly illustrated book is both a detailed history of the development of modern art in England in the early twentieth century and a study of the evolution of the concept of modernism among English artists, critics, and theorists. First published in 1981 to great acclaim, the book is now available in paperback with a new introduction and new color plates.

 

Charles Harrison explores the two main phases of modern art activity during the period: the years before and during the First World War, when the principal factions were Sickert's Camden Town Group, the English Post-Impressionists, and the Vorticists; and the 1930s, when a new avant garde assembled in response to recent developments in European art, only to divide into groupings of abstract artists, Surrealists, and Realists. Harrison discusses the artists of the period, the most important individual works, and the writings of the critics. His book is a major contribution to knowledge about the art and theory of modernism.

 

Reviews of the first edition:

 

"A provocative volume that takes its place as the most important work on English art of the period....Required reading for the general as well as the scholarly audience."—Gabriel P. Weisberg, Artnews

 

"An invaluable introduction to the art of its period, as well as constant illumination for those already familiar with the field."—Richard Morphet, The Burlington Magazine

 

 

Charles Harrison is reader in the history of art at the Open University, and the author or co-editor of a number of books on art including the four-volume series Modern Art Practices and Debates published by Yale University Press and the Open University in 1993.

"Concentrating on the prewar avant-gardes of the early 1910s and the 1930s. Charles Harrison surveys the English painting, sculpture, and ideas on art which were affected by modernism during the first four decades of the twentieth century. . . . [The book] remains the boldest, most insightful account of its subject. . . . A number of the book’s topics have a startling ring of immediacy to issues of recent years."—Eric McCauley Lee, Modernism


"A provocative volume that takes its place as the most important work on English art of the period. . . . Required reading for the general as well as the scholarly audience."—Gabriel P. Weisberg, Artnews



"An invaluable introduction to the art of its period, as well as constant illumination for those already familiar with the field."—Richard Morpphet, The Burlington Magazine
ISBN: 9780300059861
Publication Date: May 25, 1994
Co-publisher: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
418 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
127 b/w + 38 color illus.
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