Gluck: Art & Identity
Author(s): Amy De La Haye & Martin Pel
Year published: 2017
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 208
Illustrations: colour & b/w
7 in stock
Hannah Gluckstein (who called herself Gluck; 1895-1976) was a distinctive, original voice in the early evolution of modern art in Britain. This handsome book presents a major reassessment of Gluck’s life and work, examining, among other things, the artist’s numerous personal relationships and contemporary notions of gender and social history.
Gluck’s paintings comprise a full range of artistic genres-still life, landscape, portraiture-as well as images of popular entertainers. Financially independent and somewhat freed from social convention, Gluck highlighted her sexual identity, cutting her hair short and dressing as a man, and the artist is known for a powerful series of self-portraits that played with conventions of masculinity and femininity.
Richly illustrated, this volume is a timely and significant contribution to gender studies and to the understanding of a complex and important modern painter.