Realism, Rationalism, Surrealism: Art Between the Wars (Modern Art, Practices & Debates)

Realism, Rationalism, Surrealism: Art Between the Wars (Modern Art, Practices & Debates)

by PaulWood (Author), David Batchelor (Author), Briony Fer (Author)

Synopsis

The book begins by considering responses by French artists to the World War I, 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.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 371
Publisher: Yale University Press
Published: 03 Jun 1993

ISBN 10: 0300055196
ISBN 13: 9780300055191

Author Bio
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.