Unsettling Landscapes: The Art of the Eerie

ISBN: 9781911408833
Artist(s): Various Artists
Author(s): Gill Clarke, Robert Macfarlane, Steve Marshall
Format: hardback
Year published: 9 Sep 2021
Publisher: Sansom & Co
Publisher Location: London
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout


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This book reveals a thread of unsettling takes on the British landscape stretching from paintings, prints and photographs made by Paul Nash in the aftermath of the First World War to contemporary artists exploring themes of memory, belonging, hauntology, dislocation and human impact on nature. In his introductory essay Robert Macfarlane explains that the eerie ‘involves that form of fear which is felt first as unease then as dread, and it tends to be incited by glimpses and tremors rather than outright attack. Horror specialises in confrontation and aggression; the eerie in intimation and intimidation.’ Macfarlane suggests that eerie art has often flourished at times of crisis, as seen in the work of Neo-Romantic artists around the time of the Second World War.


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