Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings
The birth of abstract art is typically associated with Kandinsky and others in the early 20th century. Georgiana Houghton’s work, however, predates this momentous artistic breakthrough by half a century.
During the 1860s and 1870s, Houghton(1814-1884) produced a series of unprecedented abstract watercolours as part of her practice as a spirit medium. Houghton called these works ‘spirit drawings’. Remarkably complex, layered watercolours and technically highly accomplished, their bold colours and fluid forms have a mesmerising and deeply absorbing effect. Detailed inscriptions on the back of the works declare that her hand was guided by various spirits, including family members, several Renaissance artists, such as Titian and Correggio, and higher angelic beings.
This handsome book accompanies an exhibition at London's Courtauld Galley - the first show of these remarkable works for nearly 150 years and provides a fascinating opportunity to consider their place within the history of art; both as products of their times and as precursors of radical 20th-century abstraction.
- Author: Simon Grant, Lars Bang Larsen and Marco Pasi
- Paperback: 72 pages
- Date published: June 2016
- Language: English
- Delivery: Allow 2-3 weeks
- ISBN: 978-1911300021
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 21 cm
★★★★★ 'Her labyrinths of red and gold, purple and brown can be joyous and ecstatic, oppressive and eerie, but always they are tremulously expressive – and completely out of time.' —The Guardian
★★★★★'Mesmerisingly exquisite … quite astounding' —Time Out
'Complex, colourful works' — Financial Times
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