Looking to Sea: Britain Through the Eyes of its Artists (2022)


ISBN: 9781529309218
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Lily Le Brun
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2022
Publisher: Sphere
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 320
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour

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Looking to Sea considers ten pivotal artworks, from Vanessa Bell’s Studland Beach, one of the first modernist paintings in Britain, to Paul Nash’s work bearing the scars of his experience in the trenches and Martin Parr’s photographs of seaside resorts in the 1980s, which raised controversial questions of class. Each of the startlingly different pieces, created between 1912 and 2015, opens a window onto big ideas, from modernism and the sublime, the impact of the world wars and colonialism, to issues crucial to our world today like the environment and nationhood.

In this astonishingly perceptive portrait of the twentieth century, art critic Lily Le Brun brings a fresh eye to a vast idea, offering readers an imaginative new way of seeing our island nation.


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