British Art: Ancient Landscapes


ISBN: 9781911300144
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Sam Smiles
Format: paperback
Year published: 2016
Publisher: Paul Holberton Publishing
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 120
Illustrations: 60 colour illustrations

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Published to accompany an exhibition at Salisbury Museum and Art Gallery,
this volume explores the most significant works of art engaged with prehistoric
moments across Britain from the 18th century to the 21st. While some of the
works in the earlier period may be familiar to readers – especially Turner and
Constable’s famous watercolours of Stonehenge – the varied responses to British
Antiquity since 1900 are much less well known and have never been grouped

The author aims to show the significance of antiquity for 20th-century artists,
demonstrating how they responded to the observable features of prehistoric
Britain and exploited their potential for imaginative re-interpretation. The
classic phase of modernist interest in these sites and monuments was the
1930s, but a number of artists working after WWII developed this legacy or
were stimulated to explore that landscape in new ways. Indeed, it continues to
stimulate responses and the book concludes with an examination of works made
within the last few years.


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