Five Centuries of British Painting - Andrew Wilton (Paperback)

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A consistent undercurrent has been Britain's preference for the real world (landscape and portraiture) as against "high" art and abstraction. This is a survey of the personalities of British painting and an assessment of its latest flowering.

Product Details

Barcode
9780500203491
Department
Books
Released
11 Feb 2002
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Andrew Wilton
Subtitle
From Holbein to Hodgkin
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Thames & Hudson Ltd
Series
World of Art S.
Language
English
Number of Pages
256
Dimensions
211 x 151 x 17mm (508g)

Summary

Although Britain has played a dominant role in European history, its schools of painting have not always been seen as contributing significantly to the great Continental tradition. In this new book, the eminent art historian Andrew Wilton provides an enlightening look at the glories and achievements of British art over the past five centuries. He traces the story of British painting from its hesitant beginnings under the influence of Holbein through its maturity in the time of Hogarth and Reynolds, when it reflected a prosperous society with growing Imperial influence. He then explores the pioneering role of Constable and Turner in the revolutions of the Romantic period, and the enigmatic position of artists in Victorian England, when a stiff moral code came into conflict with the uncertainties of the age of Darwin. In the twentieth century, Wilton shows how the new ideas of Modernism were explored by distinctive personalities from the Bloomsbury Group to Francis Bacon and the School of London. 200 illustrations, 90 in color.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Art
BISAC Subject 1
Art / Techniques / Painting
BISAC Subject 2
Art / History / General
BISAC Subject 3
Art / European
BISAC Subject 4
Art / European
BIC Classification 3
History of art / art & design styles
BIC Classification 4
Painting & paintings
Library Subject 1
Painting, Renaissance
Library Subject 2
Painting, British.
Library Subject 3
Painting, British
Dewey Classification
759.2
Readership
Tertiary Education (US: College)

Author Bio

Andrew Wilton is one of the country's most distinguished authorities on British art. He is the author of Turner in the World of Art series.

Review Quotes

'For those interested in the broad expanse of British art, Andrew Wilton's book is an ideal starting point' - House & Garden