British Vision: Observation and Imagination in British Art 1750-1950

ISBN: 9789061537489
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Robert Hooze (Editor)
Format: unspecified
Edition: -
Year published: 2007
Publisher: Mercatorfonds
Publisher Location: Brussels, Belgium
Total Pages: 424
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in colour


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British Vision concentrates on two essential characteristics, which encapsulate the originality of British art: a sharp sense of observation and a penchant for the visionary. Hogarth and Constable for example constantly surprise the onlooker with the keenness of their observation of reality. The visionary and the imaginary are found in artists like Blake and Bacon. As for the work of Turner and Spencer, it forms the synthesis of these two opposing visions.The countryside, the portrait and the conversation piece, satire and pre-raphaelite art with its social undertones, the typical art of the First and Second World Wars & all these themes are touched on with more than 300 pictures, sculptures, drawings, engravings and photographs, all of exceptional quality.


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