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The period 1851 to 1929 witnessed the rise of the major European avant-garde groups: the Realists, Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, Symbolists, Cubists, and Surrealists. It was also a time of rapid social, economic, and political change, encompassing a revolution in communication systems and technology, and an unprecedented growth in the availability of printed images. Richard Brettell's innovative account explores the aims and achievements - the beautiful and the bizarre - of artists such as Monet, Gauguin, Picasso, and Dali, in relation to urban capitalism and expansion, colonialism, nationalism and internationalism, and the museum. Tracing common themes of representation, imagination, perception, and sexuality across works in a wide range of different media he presents a fresh approach to the fine art and photography of this remarkable era.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780192842206
ISBN-10: 019284220X
Format: Paperback
(238mm x 168mm x 16mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Oxford Paperbacks
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » A recent addition to the Oxford History of Art, this book focuses on modern art in the period 1851-1929, the years which saw the rise of the major European avant-garde groups: the Realists, Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, Symbolists, Cubists and Surrealists. It was also a time of rapid social, political and economic change, encompassing a revolution in communications and an unprecedented growth in the availability of printed images. Richard Brettell's innovative account explores the aims and achievements - the beautiful and the bizarre - of artists such as Monet, Gauguin, Picasso and Dali, in relation to urban capitalism and expansion, colonialism, nationalism and internationalism, imagination, perception and sexuality across works in a wide range of media, he presents a fresh approach to the fine art and photography of a remarkable era. And he accomplishes this both expertly and accessibly in a book that is well produced and illustrated. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Richard R. Brettell

Richard Brettell, formerly Director of the Dallas Museum, is currently an independent consultant to museums round the world. He also continues to undertake research and teaching duties at a variety of educational institutions.

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