Art of the Extreme 1905-1914

Hook, Philip

£30.00

The decade leading up to the First World War was the most exciting, frenzied and revolutionary in the history of art. This was the crucible of Modernism, when Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism and Abstract Art all developed in quick succession. There were phenomenal new innovations in avant-garde painting and sculpture, above all in Paris where a community of artists, critics and collectors was flourishing. But all Europe was caught up in this exciting revolution from Moscow to London. Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Kandinsky, Malevich, Klimt and Schiele all came to prominence during this period, though few understood their genius. Here Sotheby’s art expert Philip Hook explains how it took less than a decade for everything to change.

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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.

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Weight 840 g
Dimensions 238 × 158 × 36 mm
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Cover

Hardback

Pages

432

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

709.04 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K