Face to Face: British Self-Portraits in the Twentieth Century


ISBN: 9781904537083
Artist(s): Various artists
Author(s): Philip Vann
Format: hardback
Edition: First
Year published: 2004
Publisher: Sansom & Company Ltd/ Piano Nobile
Publisher Location: Bristol
Total Pages: 309
Illustrations: 222 mainly colour illustrations

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A major survey of around 200 British artists working in one of the most demanding and revealing of all artistic genres. Philip Vann&s masterly text covers artists such as Francis Bacon, Gwen John, John Minton, Walter Sickert, Stanley Spencer, Christopher Wood and others. The core of the book is a detailed examination of 100 British self-portraits in the remarkable Ruth Borchard Collection. The earliest include work by Raymond Coxon, Ithell Colquhoun, Carel Weight and Anne Redpath from the first half of the century, but most are from the 1950s and ´60s, helping evoke an entire period in British art and its myriad developing strands. All kinds of artistic influences are to be seen here – art school academicism, Camden Town, Expressionism, the Euston Road School, Kitchen Sink, continental Existentialism. The Collection is full of revelations of once relatively obscure artists who have gone on to become critically appreciated, along with artists of stature who have been unfairly neglected. Each portrait is accompanied by a text discussing the work in some detail, the artist’s background and development and any relevant writings. In all, self-portraits by 220 artists are illustrated, mainly in colour.


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