Henry Fuseli : Drama and Theatre - the exhibition catalogue from Kunstmuseum Basel available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Henry Fuseli : Drama and Theatre

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A handsome book about the artist, Henry Fuseli

Shadows and light, high drama and the supernatural, these elements are hallmarks of Henry Fuseli's paintings. Accompanying a long-overdue show of Fuseli's works inspired by literary sources, this book addresses his appreciation of Greek tragedy, Shakespearian drama, and Milton's monumental verse epos Paradise Lost. While most of the criticism around Fuseli focuses on his nightmarish visions indicative of the emerging era of Dark Romanticism, this book examines the dramatic elements both in subject matter and style of his paintings, which include themes of triumph and despair rendered in sharp contrast and explosive expression.

Illustrated with brilliant reproductions, the essays in this companion book to an exhibition at Kunstmuseum explore Fuseli's world of literary sources as well as his new approach to the stage arts, and how the enthusiasm for Shakespeare in the 18th century played a part in the conception and marketing of Fuseli's work, thus creating a more comprehensive understanding of his background, time and worldview.

  • Author: Eva Reifert, Curator for 19th Century and Classical Modern Art, Kunstmuseum Basel
  • Hardcover: 240 pages | 160 colour illustrations
  • Date published: October 2018
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-3791357584
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 19.5 cm 

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