Art of the Extreme 1905-1914Regular price £30.00
'consummately well-informed and readable, replete with shameless gossip and memorable anecdote..The illustrations are well chosen and increasingly eclectic. This book is a mesmerising pleasure' - The Spectator
A readable and informative book all about art in the decade leading up to the First World War
The ten years leading up to the First World War were the most exciting, frenzied and revolutionary in the history of art. They were the crucible of Modernism, when Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism and Abstract Art all burst forth. Simultaneously the Old Master market boomed, and art itself was politically weaponised in advance of approaching war.
What was the conventional art against which Modernism was rebelling? Why did avant-garde artists become so obsessed with themselves? What persuaded a few bold collectors to buy difficult modern art? And why did others pay so much money for old masters? Art expert Philip Hook brings to bear a unique perspective on the art of a unique and extreme decade.
- Author: Philip Hook
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Date published: September 2021
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1788161855
- Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.8 cm
'Erudite and amusing ... unfailingly enjoyable ... rich in anecdote and candid in opinion ... an invigorating introduction to the subject' - Spectator
'This is a spirited history told with the rush and hustle of a true enthusiast ... Hook pulls his material together with verve and élan' ― Times
'consummately well-informed and readable, replete with shameless gossip and memorable anecdote..The illustrations are well chosen and increasingly eclectic. This book is a mesmerising pleasure' - The Spectator Books of the Year
'The decade 1905-1914 was the age of "isms" - of movements such as fauvism, cubism, futurism and expressionism. In Art of the Extreme Philip Hook takes a wry look at this efflorescence.' - Sunday Times Books of the Year