Realism, Rationalism, Surrealism : Art Between the Wars Paperback
Part of the Open University: Modern Art - Practices & Debates series
The book begins by considering responses by French artists to the World War I, showing how Purism, Dada, and early Surrealism are related to the ethos of post-war reconstruction.
The authors then discuss the language of construction in places as dissimilar as France, Germany and the Soviet Union; the contrasting demands of the utility and decoration of objects and paintings; and the relationship of Surrealism to questions of sexuality and gender and to Freudian theory.
The book concludes by addressing the widespread debate over realism in art: whether it represents an alternative to the elitism of the avant-garde or whether avant-garde art should play a role in the development of a modern realism.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 371 pages, 240 b/w + 64 color illus.
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publication Date: 03/06/1993
- Category: History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9780300055191