Clive Bell and the Making of Modernism: A Biography

ISBN: 9781408894446
Artist(s): Clive Bell
Author(s): Mark Hussey
Format: hardback
Year published: 2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 592
Illustrations: Illustrated


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Clive Bell is perhaps better known today for being a Bloomsbury socialite and the husband of artist Vanessa Bell, sister to Virginia Woolf. Yet Bell was a highly important figure in his own right: an internationally renowned art critic who defended daring new forms of expression at a time when Britain was closed off to all things foreign. His groundbreaking book Art brazenly subverted the narratives of art history and cemented his status as the great interpreter of modern art. Bell was also an ardent pacifist and a touchstone for the Wildean values of individual freedoms, and his is a story that leads us into an extraordinary world of intertwined lives, loves and sexualities.

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