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Earthly Delights: Mary Adshead, 1904-1995

ISBN: ‎ 0853239495
Artist(s): Mary Adshead
Author(s): Maatthew H Clough and Ann Compton
Format: paperback
Year published: 2004
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 110
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour

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Mary Adshead was one of the most gifted mural painters of the twentieth century, creating light-hearted images that signified a major shift in mural art away from the didactic style of Victorian and Edwardian muralists. Earthly Delights celebrates the work and life of Adshead and explores her impact on mid-twentieth century painting. The distinguished contributors to this catalogue chronicle the distinctive periods of Adsheads career and recast her as a prominent figure in European modernist art. They examine such issues as Adsheads schooling at the Slade; the years when she painted murals and panels for Samuel Courtauld and the library of the ocean liner Queen Mary; her frequent public building commissions throughout the 1940s, 50s, and 60s; and the matte painting she created for the film Cleopatra. The volume also features a wealth of illustrations, including full-color reproductions of works and a map of their locations. Published to coincide with a touring exhibition, this volume offers a fascinating look at an overlooked pioneer of mural art. Fine

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