The Tiger in the Smoke

Art and Culture in Post-War Britain

Lynda Nead

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Lynda Nead was a guest panellist on the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking programme (26 October 2017), produced by Karl Bos. She spoke to the host Matthew Sweet about the book. 

Taking an interdisciplinary approach that looks at film, television, and commercial advertisements as well as more traditional media such as painting, The Tiger in the Smoke provides an unprecedented analysis of the art and culture of post-war Britain. Art historian Lynda Nead presents fascinating insights into how the Great Fogs of the 1950s influenced the newfound fashion for atmospheric cinematic effects. She also discusses how the widespread use of color in advertisements was part of an increased ideological awareness of racial differences.  Tracing the parallel ways that different media developed new methods of creating images that variously harkened back to Victorian ideals, agitated for modern innovations, or redefined domesticity, this book’s broad purview gives a complete picture of how the visual culture of post-war Britain expressed the concerns of a society that was struggling to forge a new identity.       

Lynda Nead is Pevsner Chair of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London.  

“A strong, continuous argument . . . [with] high quality illustrations that form part of that argument. . . . Highly recommended.”—Stephen J. Bury, ARLIS/NA Reviews

“Each theme or example in the book is explored with remarkable lucidity and fluency.”—Alex Werner, DAS Newsletter 114
ISBN: 9780300214604
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
416 pages, 7 1/2 x 10
190 color + b/w illus.
Bill Brandt | Henry Moore

Edited by Martina Droth and Paul Messier

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